Thursday, June 11, 2009

Some Nice Fish and Gwyneth Paltrow

A few months ago, Gwyneth Paltrow launched a lifestyle/website/bloggish deal called It's all about her ideas, advice, and opinions about clothes, and food, and travel, and stuff, and things. She's trying to help us all unleash our inner-Paltrow.

Gwynnie has taken some heat about her site in the media and the blog-world, many charging her with being an elitist. Well, she's got an academy award, a rock star husband, her godfather is Steven Spielberg and her best friend is Madonna - so yeah, "elitist" might fit here - whatever. Say what you will about her but the gal is friends with Mario Batali. For a skinny chick, she knows her food.

I adapted this salmon recipe from a post in the MAKE section of her site and I was impressed with my culinary prowess for days afterward. It was spectacular and spectacularly simple to make.

Steamed Salmon and Greens
Serves: 2
Time: 20 minutes

1 small handful (1/4-1/2 cup) of your favorite herbs (I used basil, Italian parsley and thyme)
4 finger sized pieces of fresh, peeled ginger (this is my own addition but I think it is key)
2 6 oz. organic salmon fillets
2 cups of your favorite fresh greens (I used spinach and kale)
2 wedges of lemon (I also sliced some lemon and added it to the steaming water)

Line your steamer with the herbs and rest the salmon fillets on top. Steam for 11 minutes. Put the greens alongside the fish and steam for an additional 7 minutes. Squeeze the lemon over the fish and greens and serve.

And may the Paltrow be with you.


  1. This is one of these things about America that make me crazy. Why is Bill O'Rielly allowed to spew filth on t.v. every day and call himself a "journalist", but the world dumps on someone like Paltrow as if traveling around, meeting, knowing and associating with some of the worlds most remarkable, talented and learned people makes her unable to have a world view or even an opinion? Blog away ladies. Between you and the O'Reilly's of the world, I know where the real talent lies.

  2. Steamer, huh?

    Oven, stove and crockpot, I understand. I might even understand a waffle iron if I could dig mine up.

  3. I also use ginger whenever making salmon. Actually, I like to add ginger and garlic.

    This recipe sounds delicious!

  4. Re: The Steamer - I don't have a bamboo fish steamer but I have found that just jamming everything into the metal vegetable steamer works just fine.

  5. HA! I kind of love Goop. She's not one of those horrible celebrities, she seems down to earth and into her kids and life and whatnot.

    (I hope she is reading this and invites me to the Oscars because attending the Oscars? It's one of my dreams! It's something I swear up and down I will do some day yet see no way it will ever possibly happen without some celebrity pull. Hi Gwynnie I love you!)