Salmon en Croute, with Carrots and Fennel, a simple misunderstanding

Another modest success in my effort to be more creative with fish.

Fennel and tarragon are always a good pairing with salmon…

Wrap it all in phyllo and toss it in the oven – easy as well as delicious.

Even mon mari was pleased…

Salmon en Croute, with Carrots and Fennel

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 pieces of salmon, 6oz, (180gr) each
  • 2 sheets of phyllo (filo) dough
  • 2 tsp tarragon, fresh if possible
  • 2 – 3 tbs olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, cut in julienne
  • 1 medium leek, cut in julienne
  • 1 bulb fennel, cut in julienne
  • 3 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

Salmon en Croute


  • Separate enough of the leeks, carrots and fennel to make 2 single layers roughly the size of each piece of salmon. Set the remainder aside.
  • Blanch the leeks, carrots and fennel in boiling water for 1 minute.
  • Drain the vegetables and rinse with cold water.
  • Put the vegetables in a small bowl, add tarragon, 1 tbs lemon juice and stir to combine.
  • Skin salmon if needed, rinse and pat dry.
  • Take 1 sheet of phyllo dough, brush lightly with olive oil.
  • Fold the phyllo in half and brush top with oil.
  • Arrange half of the vegetables as a bed for the salmon.
  • Top with salmon.
  • Bring dough over salmon and fold in sides.
  • Roll up and trim any excess bits at then end..
  • Brush all over with oil and place on a baking sheet.
  • Repeat with the other piece of salmon.
  • Bake at 400F (200C) for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Just before salmon is done:
  • Heat remaining oil in a medium skillet.
  • Add remaining carrots, fennel and leeks and stir-fry until crisp-tender.
  • Add remaining lemon juice, soy sauce and stir to combine.
  • To serve: Divide vegetables and put on two plates.  Add Salmon en Croute and serve.

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One of the benefits of being married a long time is that one gets to know what one’s spouse is thinking.

One of the hazards of being married a long time is that, sometimes, one thinks the other can actually read minds.

The other day we were out for the usual afternoon walk with the dogs.

Mon mari mentioned that he needed to winterize the garden faucet and was complaining that it was going to be a cold job.

He assumed that I would hear that comment, and extrapolate the information that the water for the house would be turned off for a period of time in the near future.

Why he thought I would know that he needed to turn the water off to put insulation around the garden faucet I do not know…. (Yes, now I know what else is involved in winterizing an outdoor faucet!)

I mentioned, in turn, that I would be cleaning upstairs.

I assumed that he would actually hear what I said rather than just think I was talking to the dogs.

Fast forward 20 minutes….

I had cleaned the sinks in our bathroom and the guest bathroom with no problems.

I had cleaned the shower in our bathroom and the guest bathroom with no problems.

A moment of explanation….

Bathtubs here normally have a handheld shower attachment with a short hose that’s meant to be used to rinse off after a bath.

Back to the story….

After cleaning our bathtub I grabbed the handheld shower to rinse it.

No hot water.

I tried the cold water.


I fiddled with the taps.

Still nothing.

Now, when one lives in a house that has had on-going construction for five years one accepts as normal that stuff works, doesn’t work, works, doesn’t work, and so on. He blows fuses and knocks power out all the time – why not the water?

I mean, if it’s intentional he always tells me, right? Right???.

We have a corner tub and it’s a stretch for me to reach the hook on the back wall to hang it up, so I laid the shower head in the tub and ran downstairs to tell him about the problem.

I was halfway down the stairs when I heard this loud whooshing noise.

I knew what it was….

The water had come back on.

I had, unbeknownst to me, left both taps open. The force of the water had flipped the shower head over and there was now water being sprayed all over the ceiling and walls…. and me as I tried to tame the beast and turn the taps off.

He said he thought I would know that he would be turning the water off……

I, of course, smiled sweetly and said it had been my intention all along to wash the ceiling and walls.
If you want nutrition information for the recipe, try this site: Calorie Count

5 thoughts on “Salmon en Croute, with Carrots and Fennel, a simple misunderstanding”

  1. Well, of course I always clean the ceiling and walls when I clean the tub … no wait I won’t have a tub for at least two years, I do have a shower and I do clean the walls of the tub, maybe not the ceiling though.
    Great and simple salmon recipe, just my speed.

  2. Gilli, Russian, eh? I’m expanding…. Thanks

    Tanna, it’s a lovely, big corner tub…. And I have yet to use it. I have visions of a hot bath with candles and wine. Now I just need the time.LOL

    Pam, yes, it is……

    phoenicia, so happy to entertain ;-))

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