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Never turn your back on a Hungry Man – How my salmon got stolen

So, this post was going to be about a really easy and delicious salmon recipe but I thought I needed to do a community service and warn the Ladies of a potential threat in your homes: The Hungry Man. It is well known in my household that I’m a blogger, which means that most of the time, ANY food I make is a potential blog post. With that, comes some ground rules that are to be followed if you want to eat the food I make:

  1. Make sure that said blogger has enough space to do her mise en place as it will undoubtedly involve pictures taken in weird bodily positions. In other words, no hovering.
  2. Once said blogger has prepared the food and is ready to plate, be prepared to wait a moment before taking any food as, once again, more pictures will be taken of the finished product. In other words, be patient and wait until it is clear which serve you can take because I want to ensure there is some continuity with the pictures taken.

On this occasion, rule number two was clearly broken. The Hungry Man did not patiently wait until the ‘all clear’ was given, and stole the piece of salmon that I wanted to take pictures of. You will notice that my ‘before’ picture of the salmon does not match the ‘after’ picture of the salmon. All I could think of was this scene from The Simpsons. I wish I had a paddle.

Ladies, do yourself a favour and do not turn your back on The Hungry Man if you are a food blogger. I can guarantee you that no instructions will be abided by and it will all end in tears….or a paddlin’. Now let me digress a little and share with you the recipe that started this trouble. The original recipe has been adapted slightly to serve two people.

The Hungry Man Baked Salmon
2 x 175g skinless salmon fillets
¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
½ lemon, thinly sliced
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbs white wine vinegar
2 tsp dried tarragon (fresh tarragon could also be used)
½ tsp caster sugar

Heat oven to 220°C (fan forced). Lay two 30cm squares of baking paper on a baking tray. Place a salmon fillet on each, season with salt and pepper, top with lemon slices and a thyme sprig. Drizzle each fillet with 1 tsp oil. Fold the edges of the paper together to form well-sealed parcels. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Season salmon and top with lemon and thyme

Meanwhile, whisk the mustard, vinegar, tarragon, sugar and remaining oil in a jug. Have a taste to check the balance of flavours and adjust accordingly, then set the dressing aside.

Tarragon dressing

Arrange the salmon fillets on plates, drizzle with the tarragon dressing and serve with your favourite sides. I served the salmon with mashed potato and green beans.

Baked salmony goodness

Note: I absolutely loved the tang from the dressing combined with the potato mash, and it was nice to have a different flavour to go with the salmon instead of the usual squeeze of lemon juice. I have amended the recipe to accommodate for two people, if you would like to see the original recipe, click here.

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35 thoughts on “Never turn your back on a Hungry Man – How my salmon got stolen

  1. and of course this applies if said blogger is a bloke who has a hungry woman. Your hungry man should have known better.

    What complicates things is when blogger bloke has meal cooked by hungry woman and there is anxiety while bloke blogger asks for time to capture images.

  2. Looks delicious!

  3. looks yummo! The dressing is especially cool~

    • I love eating salmon, but I was ready to add something a little different to the usual dish. This dressing was not only lovely with the fish but also with the sides, so it’s definitely a winner.

  4. Ha ha. I know the feeling well. I think my Hungry Man sometimes steals the food on purpose to prove a point.

  5. Haha I’m beginning to feel familiar with this situation. However I’m lucky that my Hungry Man must find my blog amusing or something, because he usually involves himself in arranging things to help make the food photos.

  6. I have stressed about the same situation and came to 3 conclusions
    1 who cares if the pics don’t match exactly
    2 serve his first and give him permission to start
    3 use a plate much fancier than he’s accustomed to for the blog food, he’ll take the kitchen plate in preference
    Much better for happy faces from the loved one than a picture perfect. blog!

  7. I always have issues when my dining partners *sigh* because I have to take pictures of all of my food before eating it. DEAL WITH IT. 😉

    Looks like a super delicious and easy recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Gorgeous despite the thievery. Luckily, he didn’t take a bite out of both in his hungry rampage. I love salmon but don’t get that creative with how I make it. I’m going to try this dressing for something new.

    • I’d hate to think how things would’ve ended up if both pieces of salmon were taken! I’m a bit boring when it comes to preparing salmon too, which is why I thought I’d go out on a limb with this dressing. Turned out pretty yummy, and this dressing is so easy to make.

  9. Sounds very familiar, although my ‘hungry man’ would never touch a plate before I release it. He does complain about having to wait until I have taken the pictures 😉
    Nice recipe! I usually insert the probe of a digital thermometer into the salmon when I make something like this, so I can take it out as soon as the core temperature hits 43C.

    • Ha ha! You’ve trained your ‘hungry man’ well Stefan, I’m envious! I’ve been meaning to get a digital thermometer, because I think it would make cooking fish/meat etc in the oven so much easier. You’ve inspired me to actually go get one! Thanks 🙂

      • You won’t regret it! Get one with a heat-resistant cord between the probe and the display unit so that you can keep the latter out of the oven. It will beep when the meat or fish has reached the desired temperature, very handy! I got mine for only 20 euros.

  10. Babe, this is undoubtedly my favourite post so far. I laughed my arse off as I can just picture it, and can imagine the look on your face! Don’t get me wrong, the salmon sounds amazing, but the rest of the post: winner! 🙂

  11. Bekah on said:

    Looks very good! The lemons are perfect =)

  12. Hilarious, so true! Love your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by mine!

  13. LonesomeYak on said:

    That’s a paddlin’. The act of the Hungry Man that is. As for the salmon, all good people know salmon is awesome.

  14. You’re so funny! I hate when mine waits on me because I then tend to rush the photos… Pretty salmon!

  15. I just read your first few paragraphs aloud to my Hungry Man. I have mine well trained but I think it’s still a learning process. He doesn’t tend to hover too much and he knows all about waiting for the photoshoot to be over before he can start eating. I think it’s important to think like a Hungry Man and take precautions to avoid blogging disasters.

  16. Old Mate on said:

    I halved this recipe as I was only making for one. Unfortunately that meant I halved the recipe for the dressing… wished I’d made the dressing for 2 – Yum!

  17. Craig on said:

    Looks tasty. I’ll have a serve of this for lunch tomorrow thank you.

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