Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Skiing, Syrup and Salmon

We went North to Sugarbush in Vermont for the weekend with dreams of skiing in the sun, jackets unzipped or left behind, and soft, corn snow.  It was icy.  And COLD.  Not what we ordered.
It was so un-Springlike that it actually snowed at the end of the day. 
We unexpectedly ran into some friends at the pub at the end of the day and had a good time despite the skiing.  I think it's a rule of aprรจs skiing that no matter how good or bad the conditions were that day, you'll always find someone who will tell you that you should have been there yesterday, or last weekend.  We were told we were a week late for beautiful Spring skiing, and, perhaps, a week early...? 

The snow turned to rain, also squashing any hope of Sunday skiing. There was no repeat of the April 15, 2007 storm that brought us a surprising 4 plus feet.
Instead, we had a leisurely day Sunday, taking back roads part of the way home, stopping at Sandy's Books & Bakery in Rochester for delicious bagels and muffins and coffee.  We also picked up a big jug of maple syrup to get us through a summer of pancakes and other delicious treats.  I'm picking up some salmon today to marinate with maple syrup and soy sauce for dinner with my mom tomorrow night.  Here's a quick recipe we use often:
Maple-Pepper Salmon

1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 lb salmon fillet
lots of freshly ground black pepper

Mix the syrup and soy sauce in a large Ziploc, add the salmon and marinate for 24 hours.  Coat the top with plenty of freshly ground black pepper and grill, or bake on a cookie sheet at 450, for 10 minutes. 
We also had the chance to go to American Flatbread in Waitsfield on Friday night, where they not only have amazing pizza ("flatbread"), but a mysteriously wonderful salad.  The salad itself is simple- mixed greens, celery, and shredded carrots.  We were once told the dressing contains a homemade organic raspberry vinegar, orange juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, shallots and maple syrup.  I'm going to play around and see if I can come close to replicating it.  I'll report back.

1 comment:

Tortla Dot said...

Sounds yummy! Similar to a recipe I found recently, but I like yours for the shorter list of ingredients. Here is the one i used:

Had to cut back the recipe for just two of us and so I cooked in a skillet. Also yummy! Meanwhile, I await your report on the salad dressing.