Poached Salmon

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Today, I would like to talk about fear. Cooking seafood or any kind of fish was my least experienced area of cuisine. However, I found it to be quite simple, easy and actually delicious! I found myself afterward thinking to myself I can’t believe I was the one who made that.

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This is where my small family has settled for the time being. I took this photo while walking my dog, Luna in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, Montana

Living in America, you would think I would have the American Dream mindset, however, in my own opinion, the ways of achieving this dream have been twisted into a materialistic need that is only sufficed by working yourself to death and educational expectation. Whereas in the beginning, the dream was the freedom to invent and supply the country with innovative ideas that would flourish and in turn make you wealthy beyond your dreams.

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My great-great-grandfather, Alfred Niinikorpi, who worked as a jeweler.

Now, I feel the pressure to be safe and normal. Go to school, get a good job, work really hard, save for retirement, save for children, etc. Growing up in a poor family, I was not able to go to school unless on a full-ride scholarship that I could not find. One dream after another went out the window; psychologist, investigator, zoologist, biologist… So, what happens when I have spent all my young years doing something that will pay well, and then I finally retire when I am ready to rest? My bucket list of dreams have gotten smaller, I only do what is necessary and I have spent my life never experiencing passion.

Some say that if you do what you are passionate about, you will never work a day in your life. I find a lot of truth in this saying. But it takes a lot of courage to take a jump and do things differently. Then I remember, how rare is it to see successful people who have changed the way we think have ever done things safely?

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This is a traditional Finnish sauna painted by my great-grandfather Aarre Niinikorpi.

I admire Finland not only for their country’s priority of education, allowing every citizen to go to college for free, widening their chances to work where there passion is, but their determination and almost total neglect of fear. One of the Finnish traditions include spending a long time in the sauna, getting warm and relaxed. After they are totally warm, the run outside into the snow to a place where they have cut through ice to give access to the freezing water underneath and they jump in. They are not scared of freezing to death or brain damage even. It is only seen as revitalizing.

People have told me to just pick something and be normal. But those are not the kind of people who make a difference in the world, they are just scared that you will fail. The people who have changed the way we think, feel, taste and see things are the people who were able to ignore fear and jump.


Sisu (see-sue)-

An action mindset which enables individuals to see beyond their present limitations and into what might be. Taking action against the odds and reaching beyond observed capacities.


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Poached Salmon with White Sauce Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 Salmon cut into steaks
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Carrot sliced into chunks
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 Quart Water
  • ½ Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 9 Whole Allspice (Optional)
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Dill, Chopped
  • Couple Sprigs of Parsley for Garnish

Directions

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  1. Make the Broth: Combine the water, sugar, salt, vinegar, allspice, bay leaf, onion, carrot and dill in a deep, flat pan. Allow broth to simmer for an hour to 2 hours.
  2. Bring the broth to a boil and place the fish steaks in, pushing them to the bottom of the pan so they are mostly submerged by the broth.
  3. Cover the pan with a lid and let cook for about 10 to 13 minutes. The salmon should flake easily.
  4. Remove from the pot and serve hot with lemon wedges and garnished with parsley and white sauce (see recipe below)
  5. Serve with vegetables or a simple lemon salad and enjoy!

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White Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Dill, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth (can also use vegetable, fish or beef)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Capers (Optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan on medium-high heat. Once completely melted, stir in the flour until smooth.
  2. Stir in the broth and cream.
  3. Add dill, capers, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Keep stirring until smooth and thick.
  5. Serve hot over fish.

 

Happy Cooking!

Hannah

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