Baked salmon with fennel salad

I’ve been away for the last week. I was in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. I was there for a work meeting. No baked salmon there for me. Instead I had a wide variety of meals which were mostly low in fibre and high in salt, sugar and fat. My bowel health took a real blow.

Monday dinner. Baked salmon and fennel salad.
Monday dinner. Baked salmon and fennel salad.

I became unwell while I was overseas too. I woke up on the Monday with a sore throat, congested paranasal sinuses and a splitting headache. Within a day I had a hacking cough and then a fever. Being ill in another time zone seems to make everything worse. The illness and the travel associated tiredness. I started longing for small simple meals. That said I did try some poutine which is like a national dish for Canadians. I’m thinking of making a variation for this Sunday night for what will be the greatest NRL grand final ever when the mighty Brisbane Broncos play the North Queensland Cowboys for rugby league’s greatest prize (next to the State of Origin). It’s been a great year in rugby league (the greatest game of all) with the Mighty XXXX Queensland Maroons winning the state of origin series. Three of my favourite teams in the NRL made the top four teams after the regular season. With my top two teams in the grand final what could be better? While I’m hoping for a Broncos victory which will be a dream for a returning Mr Bennett, I won’t be disappointed if JT and his boys win the game.

Monday dinner in Winnipeg. Reuben sandwich with poutine.
Monday dinner in Winnipeg. Reuben sandwich with poutine.
Baked salmon with fennel salad
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: [url href=”” target=”_blank”]Gary Lum[/url]
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Serves: 1
  1. Rub some grape seed oil into the salmon
  2. Place on some baking paper on an oven tray
  3. Drizzle some golden syrup over the salmon and then sprinkle on some panko bread crumbs
  4. Add some chilli flakes, sea salt and black pepper
  5. Bake for 12 minutes at 220 °C
  6. When it’s finished remove and allow the salmon to rest for 5 minutes
  7. Thinly slice the fennel and red onion
  8. Finely chop some parsley and chives
  9. Put a salad together with fennel, red onion, capers, parsley and lemon juice
  10. Garnish the salmon with chives and dill
  11. Plate up
  12. Shoot a photograph
  13. Eat the meal
  14. Wash the dishes
  15. Write the recipe
  16. Blog (verb)

Last night on arriving home I enjoyed some lambs fry, bacon and mashed potato from the Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison.

Sunday dinner. Lambs fry with bacon and mashed potato.
Sunday dinner. Lambs fry with bacon and mashed potato.

For lunch today I had a salmon burger with wasabi aioli and some sweet chilli sauce.

Monday lunch. Salmon burger with wasabi aioli
Monday lunch. Salmon burger with wasabi aioli

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Salmon and fennel salad


It’s good to be home and back into my routine. Hopefully my bowels will return to normal soon too.


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