Pan-roasted Salmon with Sicilian Broccoli and Anchovy-Rosemary Sauce

DSCN8802-2With the holidays in the way, and all the “only-on-Christmas” food we’ve been consuming lately, we forgot just how much we love our salmon.  Yes, we have posted on salmon before, but that was almost a month ago, so I’m pretty sure the blog etiquette will allow it!  Today, after our morning workout and gardening session, we thought we would give our freshly-worked muscles an extra boost with a nice little protein filled dish…with veggies on the side, of course!

I’ve already told you how much we love to cook, but what I haven’t told you is that there is something [or someone] that we love even more.  Say hello to Jamie Oliver.  While I was learning to cook [and while my sister was trying to brainwash me into becoming a foodie -at which she succeeded in every way, shape and form-] the one question that was most often heard flying around the house without a shadow of a doubt was, “how did Jamie do it?” And that wasn’t a hard one to answer either, seeing as we own pretty much every cookbook he has published…ever!  Wife and kids aside, the fact that he is young, attractive, British, oh! and literally obsessed with Italian food has inevitably made us love him even more! We’ve seen him cook on his cooking shows, we’ve watched him take over on MasterChef Australia (of course!!) just by entering the room, and we’ve tried cooking an innumerable amount of his recipes.

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Salmon and Radicchio Puff Pastry Parcels

DSCN8432-2-2Back to the Christmas traditions, Italians believe it is custom that on Christmas Eve you must eat a fish based meal. But have you ever wondered why exactly everyone seems to follow it unquestionably? I have. Which is why this year, twenty-three fishy meals later, and in honor of our blog, I decided it was finally time to find out!

The answer actually comes from the Christian tradition, which on Christmas Eve most Italians claim they cherish dearly (you know, St. Peters’ and all). According to the New Testament, Christmas Eve is one of the most sacred days of the year, and the idea behind NOT eating meat is based on the principle of austerity; abstaining from “rich” food, that was commonly associated with feasts! So in order to follow tradition and avoid meat, the cop-out was to substitute it with fish!! Some would say genius!

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