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Time for Country Karaoke and a Salmon Salad

There’s something about summer that just takes me in a million directions and alters the course of my everyday cooking.

As you’ve read in prior postings, I’ve been totally obsessed with gardening and trying to work on my green thumb, or lack of it. I’ve also been in the vacation mindset trying to figure out where to go next. This boy needs to get out of town and explore!  I’m constantly on travel sites and trying to get inspiration for the next big adventure — but those darn airfares are a killer this time of year!

I’ve been hooked on a little country song and have been belting it out every chance I can.

And as for my other distraction, I’m a little hesitant to admit it but since this is a safe zone — please promise not to laugh — I’ve gotten hooked on a little country song and have been belting it out every chance I can get. Do I look like  a country boy?

1227 Foster: DannyOk, maybe this is a bad choice of picture because I am wearing a plaid shirt and jeans. But none-the-less, I’m not into country!

But on one recent evening, I sat down to dinner and turned on the TV and there was this televised country concert — the CMAs I think and then this song came on. I was hooked! Fast forward to YouTube and watching the video over and over again, then downloading the song on iTunes (the karaoke version) and then recording it with the help of someone who indulges my fantasy to be a singer, I now have my own country song. I’ve also been asked to do a video for it but that will never happen!

So in the meantime, here is the real song that I’ve been belting out non-stop. Do any of you know it? Are you a fan of Hunter Hayes? I’ve never heard of him until this song popped up on the TV screen but it’s really catchy! :)

So now you know what I’ve been up to. But despite all the distractions, I still have to eat.

1227 Foster- Spinach and Guacamole Salad

One of my latest creations was a result of some beautiful avocados I found at the store the other day. I was planning on turning them into guacamole and serving it with chips but on the night that I grabbed them and started to slice them in half,  I had another idea come to mind — why not use it in a salad and combine it with salmon? It’s super easy and super delicious and refreshingly perfect for a beautiful summer evening.

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1227 Foster- Spinach and Guacamole Salad 2-2

Guacamole & Chipotle Lime Salmon Salad
  • Squeeze one lime over both sides of a pound of salmon
  • Dust both sides with a Chipotle Seasoning of your choice
  • Fry salmon in a thin layer of olive oil in a pan over medium heat and continue cooking until golden brown on both sides and cooked through
Serve salmon over a bed of leafy red lettuce, sliced cherry tomatoes, corn kernels and topped with guacamole.
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I hope you try this delicious and healthy recipe and make sure to turn on the tunes while you enjoy this perfect summer salad! I’d love to know what you’ve been listening to all summer long!

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  1. Actually it is a cute song! ;-) Love the Salmon & Avocado pair

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    • Hi Mary — glad to hear that you liked the song and the recipe in today’s posting :) All the best!

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  2. Think the salad just lovely with its tangy flavours. We have had a very mild winter in Australia and everything presages an early spring, so this comes just at the right time. [Laughing] Hope one out of two is acceptable as, I am afraid, opera/symphony and chamber music do not marry that awfully well with karaoke :) !

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    • Hi Eha, glad that the winter has been kind to all of you there! Spring is almost here for you :)

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    • I’ve never been called country but there’s always a first, right? :) Thanks so much Elen!

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  3. First, that salad looks fantastic!
    But I’ve got an idea for you – you start hopping freight trans all over the country & blog about your adventures. Once you get the hang of it I’m sure you won’t get too banged up getting off & on before you pull into the rail stations – I think the trick is to roll when you leap. And you had my foot tapping with that song. It brightened my day.

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    • Too funny Diane — not sure how this city boy would do with all that train hopping :) Glad you liked the song!

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  4. This salad is a must for me .. first of all *smile And love the song .. not a country & western fan, but some songs really talks to me, just like recipes.
    Your photos of the bowl .. are just beautiful. I can smell the coriander. I hope your sing while you’re cooking.
    I wish you a pleasant weekend.
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    • I’m glad you also enjoyed the song. Like you, I am not a country western person but once in a while, a song just resonates :) Thank you as always Viveka and hope you are well!

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