Dinner for Two

Since I often find myself cooking for two, I love coming across recipes that are easily cut. Recently I tried this Roasted Fennel and Red Onion Salmon, and it was a hit – the perfect weeknight dinner that’s a step above the ordinary but still totally easy and quick to make (meant to serve 4, it’s easy to cut in half). Bonus: it’s a one-pot dish (love that). 

I love seeing real-life images of fellow amateur foodies cooking at home, so thought I’d take (and share) a few of my attempt at this dinner. I always wish there were “process shots” when I come across a great recipe in a magazine – while I can usually follow a recipe well enough, it’s so much easier when you can visualize the steps. I guess that’s why cooking shows are so successful – and addictive! 

Anyhoo – here it is – the dish as photographed for Real Simple - obviously perfectly gorgeous: 

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And my real life attempt…

The first part – Heat oven to 400° F. In a roasting pan, toss the fennel, onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, and the oil. Spread evenly and roast for 20 minutes.  

I used Rosemary instead of Thyme, since I had some in the fridge that I didn’t want to waste. 


 And the next part – Move the vegetables to side of pan, add the salmon, then redistribute the vegetables around the salmon. Squeeze the lemon halves over the salmon. Sprinkle the salmon with the remaining salt and pepper. Return to oven and roast until the salmon is the same color throughout and flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. 


After returning the dish to the oven (only 10 minutes left), I made some plain cous cous (my go-to side for fish-and-veggie dishes) on the stove and spread a thin cous cous “bed” on each plate. 


And voila! Dinner is served. The fish was so yummy – the fennel and onion are a great pairing with the salmon. Along with the generous main dish, we had a simple green salad with vinaigrette. A feast for two! 


And for those who are wondering – yes, those are candles and flowers – on a random Tuesday. I’ve never seen any reason to reserve certain touches for only “special” occasions. Why can’t Tuesday be special? 

I love having fresh flowers around the house – even if I’m on a budget, and those flowers are carnations. Dividing the small grocery store bunch up between smaller bud vases helps, and they last over a week. I light my tea lights all the time for instant ambiance. There’s music on in the background too – can you hear it? ;) I have to have music on while I cook, and it stays on throughout dinner. If you’re going to the trouble to make a delicious home-cooked dinner, why not set a nice little table? 

Do you often find yourself cooking for two? Any go-to dishes I simply must try? Share them here!