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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 5, Friday

Green Garlic Scrambled Eggs with Avocado
Pan-Fried Salmon with Lemon and Capers
Barley with Green Garlic
Sautéed Mangetout (Snow Peas) & Mushrooms

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      Green garlic looks like a green onion or very small leek and has a wonderful, mild garlic flavor.  Use it all, including the green tops. Fresh lemon adds a bright note to simple pan-fried fish... We're pan-frying lately as it rains every time we try to barbecue.

Green Garlic Scrambled Eggs with Sliced Avocado

Total time: 10 minutes
    Green garlic looks like a green onion or very small leek and has a wonderful, mild garlic flavor.  Use it all, including the green tops. The eggs should be removed slightly underdone: the residual heat will finish cooking the eggs before you get your fork into them and they will stay more tender and creamy.

Green Garlic Scrambled Eggs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: To store a cut avocado wrap it in cling film, making certain that the cut surface touches the film, put it cut-side down on a plate and refrigerate.  

Pan-Fried Salmon with Lemon and Capers

Total time: 15 minutes
    Lemon and capers combine to add lots of flavor to this simple preparation.  Quickly seared, they can finish cooking over low heat while you enjoy your starter.

Salmon with Capers Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Barley with Green Garlic

Total time: 25 minutes
     Barley is a hearty, nutritious grain; easy to cook and flavorful. Here we dress it up for spring with fresh chives and green garlic.

Barley with Green Garlic Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Snow Peas (Mangetout) & Mushrooms

Total time: 10 minutes
     The mushrooms give a bit of meaty flavor and 'weight' to the delicate snow peas and contrast nicely with their crisp crunch.

Snow Peas with Mushrooms Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, 2 medium skillets, 2 small
saucepans with lids
Trim, slice all green garlic
OR trim, slice leek, mince garlic
Trim, cut snow peas
Trim, slice mushrooms
Sauté green garlic (leeks, garlic) for barley
Slice lemon, remove pips
Snip herbs if using fresh
Add barley, stock to saucepan, cover, cook, low
Heat stock, white wine
Slice 1/2 avocado, arrange on 2 plates
Wrap and refrigerate other half avocado
Dissolve cornstarch in water, stir into sauce

Finish sauce
Sauté green garlic (leeks, garlic) for eggs
Fry salmon
Whisk eggs
Add yogurt, salt, pepper, whisk
Add cold butter in small pieces
Turn salmon
Add eggs to green garlic, gently cook
Add lemon, capers, chives to salmon, cover, low
Remove eggs, serve
Done?
Check barley
Sauté snow peas, mushrooms
Spoon sauce onto plates
Remove salmon, plate, top with lemon, capers
Stir barley, serve
Finish snow peas, serve