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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 7, Friday

Hunter's Eggs
Baked Salmon with Lemon Mayonnaise
Creamy Polenta with Bacon and Sage
Broccoli with Butter and Herbs

Cooking time: 35 minutes for menu           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      An easy dinner tonight.  Nothing takes long to cook. Start the salmon and the broccoli; make the polenta just before you fry the eggs.  It will all be ready when you are.  I give bacon quantities in weight, rather than slices, because the thickness of a slice can vary greatly - and it's really a matter of taste, anyway... use more or less as you like.

Hunter's Eggs

Total time: 25 minutes
   This is a variation on a Basque dish of peppers and tomatoes. It's a simple dish, with just a few ingredients but bursting with flavors.  The name comes from two types of hunters in our fields this time of year: mushroom and wild boar. 

Hunter's Eggs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Baked Salmon with Lemon Mayonnaise

Total time: 20 minutes
    A light coating of mayonnaise, thinned with lemon and olive oil, keeps the salmon filets, moist.  It gets a lovely golden color while baking and infuses the salmon with a fresh lemon flavor.

Baked Salmon with Lemon Mayonnaise Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  For easy clean up cover pan with foil first.  This is especially nice if you are using fillets with the skin on.  You can carefully lift the salmon off the skin to serve, leaving the skin on the foil.  Then wrap the whole mess up and toss. 

Creamy Polenta

Total time: 15 minutes      if using quick-cooking polenta
    Check the package directions for quantity proportion - you may have to add more (or less) liquid to get a soft consistency.  It can be adjusted at the end, before serving.   This should be like mashed potatoes.

Creamy Polenta Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Broccoli with Butter and Fresh Herbs

Total time: 20 minutes
    Butter and fresh chives are a simple finish for broccoli.  Any fresh herbs will work, but my choices would be chives or thyme. Use dried herbs when fresh are not available.

Broccoli with Butter and Fresh Herbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl, whisk, small nonstick skillet, medium
skillet, baking sheet, small saucepan, saucepan
with steamer basket
Turn on oven, 400F (200C)
Cut all bacon into strips
Sauté bacon - saucepan / polenta, skillet / eggs
Chop onion
Clean, slice mushrooms
Remove bacon from both pans, drain
Take saucepan for polenta off heat, set aside
Add onions to skillet for eggs
Mix mayonnaise for salmon
Put salmon on sheet, top / mayo, set aside
Mind the onions, add mushrooms when ready

Cut the broccoli, put in steamer basket
Put saucepan for polenta on medium heat
Add sage, sauté
Add stock, heat
Whisk in polenta, cook, stirring
Finish polenta, take off heat, cover, keep warm
Bake salmon
Return bacon to onions/mushrooms
Heat skillet for eggs
Steam broccoli
Add eggs to skillet, fry
Divide mushroom/bacon between 2 plates
Top with eggs, paprika, pepper, serve
Done?
Finish broccoli
Remove salmon
Stir polenta.... Serve