This is my original recipe for salmon. This salmon recipe has been a staple in our meals since my family love it so much. I served this salmon when my husband’s colleagues came over and they loved it too. The salmon is baked, drench with garlic and cheese; therefore, I can confidently say that this is a very healthy meal. I hope you will like it too…
Believe it or not, but when I was growing up in the Philippines, I was not familiar about salmon. What I knew then was Anchovies and Galunggong . Now, when I think about it, it was due to my mom’s miserly tendencies. For alI know, Salmon could have been available in our small town market, but my mom will not buy it because she thought it was too expensive.
When I was in high school, I grimaced and called my mom Mrs. Scrooge. When I was growing up, I was convinced that I missed out on exciting experiences because she was very tight fisted. My mom can be a miser in so many things: clothes, I only get 2 in a year; one for my birthday and another for Christmas;yet sometimes, I did not get any clothes. Furniture, we had old ones. Vacations, “too expensive,” she said, so we never had one. Then the food… she was worst at it.
Yup, my mom can be miserly when it comes to food. When we had two bananas, it was cut into two so that the four of us will all have our share. The same goes with the two small Galunggong; it was divided and fried in a very small amount of oil. Or, the fish was boiled in small amount of water, with a little piece of garlic and vinegar … this , by the way, was my mom’s cheap version of scampi. Foods were cooked on a cheap and old stove top because she thought oven was way expensive and a luxury. For breakfast, we had porridge from the left over rice the night before. Allowance, I did not remember having enough that I kept on borrowing money from my best friend. This miserly lifestyle was the way I was used to. I tried to understand my sad plight, but in my young mind, I harbored a subtle anger about it.
Fast forward to the future and I am now tackling surmounting bills that never fail to come every month. They come like a clock work. Added to the bills are the expenses in maintaining a household .They are so overwhelming; my brain can crack just thinking about them. Now, I look at my mom in different light.
Mom was a wise spender. She is no longer Mrs. Scrooge. And she was not a miser but a thoroughly thrifty gal.
With these financial challenges I face from time to time, I am now doing what my mom did … I budget. I try to save and budget in some aspects in my life… including food. My children call me Mrs. Scrooge too, but I do not mind. I am now dividing a slice of salmon into two. However, I bake it in the oven- one luxury which I did not have growing up. I can eat a whole banana if I want to, but I cut it into half because a whole banana is just too much. Vacation, we have one every year and we pay it in cash. Clothes, I can buy whenever I want to but I restrain myself from splurging.
My mom said, LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS and no CREDIT .” Consciously, I am doing that because that was the example my mom demonstrated.
Oh, and tell you what… due to my mom’s thriftiness, she was able to send us in a good university and it was all paid in cash…And the family home I grew up with, and in which my mom and dad are currently living in, she built it in cold cash too… how she did it? That will be a long story to tell…maybe in another blog post.
Baked Salmon with Garlic and Cheese Toppings and My Mom is a Scrooge
- 3 slices salmon
- 1 whole bulb of garlic peeled and chopped ( divide into 3)
- 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter cut into small pieces ( 1 tbsp per salmon slice)
- NOTE : You can replace this butter into Olive oil or you can just put 1/2 tablespoon of butter
- 3/4 cups of Mild Cheddar Cheese 1/4 cup per salmon slice
- black pepper to season
- add a small amount of salt if desired when salmon is done for me, I do not add salt
- Preheat oven at 375 F
- Prepare 3 pieces of tin foil and place 1 salmon on top of each foil. Put the first set of chopped garlic, on the salmon, top with the cheese and butter. Season with 1 teaspoon of pepper. Repeat process on the rest of the salmon slice and seal the foil and arrange wrapped salmon in a baking pan.
- Bake at a preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes.