2 March 2012

Severine-Inspired Game Changing Maple Syrup-Marinated Wild Salmon

Any journey into what is being called the “New Agrarian” movement will not take you very far before you hear about Severine von Tscharner Fleming.  She is busy sowing seeds at the non-profit organization she co-founded, The Greenhorns, serving young farmers who are passionate about growing healthy food. According to her website, "To spread the news about the future of food in America, Severine directed a documentary film, The Greenhorns, (you can see the trailer here) exploring that nation’s young farmers as well as hosting Greenhorn Radio on the Heritage Radio Network, a blog, even farmer mixers. She is one of the founders of  The Young Farmer’s Coalition, whose website manifesto describes the organization as “a group of young and sustainable farmers organizing for our collective success: we’re defining the issues that beginning farmers face, fighting for the policy change that we need, and bringing farmers together in person and online to learn, share and build a stronger community.”

 Severine is also fundamentally a farmer. Her mother’s family had a farm she spent her childhood summers on, fostering an early familiarity with farming.  After starting her college’s first student run organic garden, she took time off to work on farms around the world, returning to finish school at Berkeley where she started the Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology (SAFE), an advocacy and educational group that brings farmers and food advocates to the school to show young people role models for a more sustainable and “regenerative” idea of farming. It seems that her advocacy has paid off.

To find recipes from Severine for this weeks challenge was exactly that..a challenge. I am sure she is a wonderful cook but has influenced us in so many other ways. Through research we discovered she had written a chapter in the cookbook Farmstead Chef ..."Kitchen Table Talks." Therefore some of us have featured recipes from this cookbook written by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko that epitomizes her philosophies and went wild! 

One of our simple pleasures in life is navigating the blogging community and participating where the feeling takes us. Our group is now well past the halfway point on the list of Gourmet Live's 50 Women Game Changers. The past ninth months have flown by as we experimented with dishes from each of the 50 influential women on "the list." Whether you agree or disagree with the authors chosen fifty and their order it has been an enjoyable and creative outlet to cook from the masters and those we admire. There have even been a few successful bloggers on the list. We have checked out books from the library, borrowed cookbooks from friends, surfed the Internet and browsed our own cookbook collections seeking that one recipe that will highlight that weeks outstanding woman. This group is spearheaded by my favourite well-travelled blogger Mary of One Perfect Bite who back in June 2011 invited bloggers to travel along on a culinary journey throughout the year. It is still not too late to join in in 2012. 

What have we been up to with our next Woman Game Changer......

Nancy of Picadillo - Creamy Apple Pie

One thing we have all learned over the years is that you do not need to be a chef to create great tasting meals. One key is using fresh, local, seasonal and sustainable (and fairly traded) ingredients. Whether you’re an urban rooftop farmer, backyard grower, have a plot in the country, or get your food from a CSA, farmers’ market or food artisan you can discover the taste of fresh local products and the satisfaction that comes from home-grown ingredients that are transformed in your kitchen into delicious meals. Each year I put my name on the list for our neighbourhood community garden and each year I am disappointed that my name rises no higher on the list. Someday I will be able to grow rainbow-hued heirloom tomatoes steps from 

my condo doorstep and follow the path of the urban farmer I want to be.

"Preparing fish is often as much about the marinade as the quality of the catch." Especially if you add home-spun maple syrup and bourbon!!!

**Maple Syrup-Marinated Wild Salmon**

2 lbs boneless wild Alaskan salmon fillet
2 Tbsp maple syrup

½ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
½ cup bourbon
½ cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp canola oil
3 Tbsp green onions, finely chopped
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ fresh lemon, thinly sliced (optional)
½ medium yellow onion, ¼-inch sliced (optional)

Combine maple syrup, orange juice, bourbon, soy sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger root, brown sugar, green onions and oil in a bowl. Sprinkle salt and mash and blend the mixture with a fork to release flavours.

Place salmon fillets skin-side up in a glass cake pan. Pour marinade mixture over salmon fillets and let sit covered in the refrigerator for 8 hours. To broil in the oven, pour ½ cup marinade on a foil-lined jellyroll pan. Place the fish skin-side down on the foil and pour about 1 cup marinade over it. Add sliced lemon and onions on top. Broil fish at medium heat (450 degrees) for about 15 minutes, watching carefully to avoid overcooking. Baste occasionally with remaining marinade.

For outdoor grilling, heat the grill to medium before grilling individual salmon fillets, skin-side down. Depending on their thickness, cook the fillets 15 to 20 minutes, checking frequently to avoid overcooking. When the bottom sides are done, turn fillets over and grill the topsides for five additional minutes.

Serves 4

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  1. Beautifully written, Val. Really a nice bio on an interesting young woman.
    The salmon recipe looks delicious. Great choice for Severine.
    I agree about apartment living...I do miss my gardening.

  2. I hadn't heard of Severine before, but that's why I love coming here. I always learn something new or meet somebody who's important in the food world. Congrats on the success of the group and the great food you girls cook. Now I'm hungry :)

  3. Severine is a very interesting person. Until today, I had not heard of her.

    This dish looks mighty scrumptious.



  4. This looks absolutely yummy..I should try this soon...Bookmarking this one..


  5. I've never eaten salmon and sweet potatoes together - but I love both. This meal sounds awesome. Beautifully inspired dish, Val :D

  6. Great write-up, Val! I always struggle with how much information to share ... and then, of course, how to present it. You make it spin so effortlessly! This maple glazed salmon is just delectable too! Perfect 'Friday in Lent' dish!

  7. What a stunning dish to honor Severine by this week!

  8. I love this Vall,look really yum!!

  9. I love my garden. I dont know what I would do without it. What a great Lent recipe. I bookmarked it for later. Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. I love the recipe you decided to use, Val. I also thought you did an excellent job with the backstory. She was not easy to feature and yet you gave her life. Nicely done, my friend. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  11. I love sweet and salty sauces with salmon and this one sounds absolutely perfect!

  12. I don't think I'll ever be able to grow tomatoes. I actually didn't do well with zucchini either. But my kale is outstanding and my chard too. I am not a real gardener. I wish you luck with your goal of getting into the community garden. That's a nice plate of salmon! Have a great weekend.

  13. This has been an interesting week for 50 game changers in finding recipes.

  14. This sounds so good. I love anything salmon and with the flavors of maple syrup and bourbon I can only ImAgine how sweet and luscious it tastes. You ladies always find the most interesting woman to write about. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Love your story on Severine and this looks like a great recipe to bring her story to life. I agree with your thoughts on how the marinade makes the dish too, that's a very important step for me when it comes to eating fish or any other meat, in fact :)

  16. thanks for the story about severine, she sounds so inspiring
    i love the photo - the sunlught on the daffodil reminds me of spring

  17. I am enjoying your series so very much, Val. I have learned so much about influential women on the culinary scene. I can imagine that the flavors in this marinade are delicious on salmon.

  18. Maple can also be just the right sort of sweet in savory dishes. GREG

  19. Very nice write up. Besides the great cooks that we've been profiling I've really enjoyed learning about the important work of Severine von Tscharner Fleming and Tracy Ryder together with Carole Topalian at Edible Communities.

  20. You're always up to interesting things, Val! I've not heard of Fleming, so clearly I've got a lot of homework to do. Interesting post, and a great recipe. I like the idea of maple with the salmon -- something I eat very little of but am learning to try.

  21. Great post! We love sweet glazed salmon - I think this would be a winner at my house, sounds amazing!

  22. My favorite recipe for salmon is with maple syrup. We love the taste of the final dish.

  23. I can never get enough salmon in my menus, even with so many finally understanding it's incredible nutritional value. I just adore salmon!

    Thank you for such an informative post on this pioneer woman of sustainability in raising our produce and livestock as well as in their preparation in healthy meals. Perfectly timed for so many who need to hear this message as well as to continually abide by their values.

    I'd love to get involved with this food blogging group, but don't know how to and if there is an opening. Please let me know.


  24. At one time I was making salmon all the time for clients and lost the taste for it. I am back on board and I must say the maple syrup is a nw one for me and a nother must try.


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