Starting in the middle (Salmon & Tomatoes en Papillote)
Over the course of my years at University, I put a lot of words onto paper. Many, many trees (for which I feel very badly...)
As a History major, I probably ended up putting a few more words onto paper than many in my circle. And while my peers were peering down their collective noses at my choice of major, they also knew where to go when it was time to churn out the papers... (In return, I peered down my nose at their inability to coherently & independently piece together a five page treatise about whatever it was they were studying - yeah, it was like that).
One thing I found was that it was often easier to get someone else started, than to get myself started - sometimes inspiration just wasn't lurking around the corner. However, once I got into the middle of it I was (usually) off and running.
Oh, I literally mean "in the middle" - would just start writing random paragraphs and try to figure out how to frame it all together. Because you have to start somewhere - even if it isn't the beginning. Even if it isn't related. Just do it.
Kind of like this post about salmon. And tomatoes. In a bundle. Roasted with lemon and herbs. Because, I know there is much to be said. But the words escape me.
Citrus + seasoning + fish + (maybe) a vegetable in a foil packet is de rigueur method of preparing fish in our house. It's easy & it rarely fails. In the oven. On the grill. As flexible as can be. It made me happy that Dorie used this method. I felt validated - like I am not totally screwing up every time I resort to my lazy girl method. Validation feels good. And the fish was good too.
Now, adding slightly roasted tomatoes to the mix. THAT was a twist. I liked the tomatoes - but as a side dish, not in the same mouthful as my salmon friend. For some reason, I could not stop thinking about capers. Now, capers - I could write about :-)
Maybe if I needed to come up with ten pages about salmon this would have been easier? I think my head hurts...
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