3 Simple Recipes for the Gourmet Yuppie

* author note:

A yuppie is a young professional,which means probably between 22 and 30 years old.
If you’re within this age group, you’re more likely to be spending time online looking for food recipes, than actually cooking in the kitchen. You probably don’t have much time, but plenty of friends.
You’re already past the wild young years, and getting conscious about your health, what you eat, and how much you work out.
You’re quite individualistic and like to experiment. With food, too.

So the next few recipes are guaranteed to be:

  • ready in less than 30 minutes
  • tasty
  • healthy
  • good looking ¬†honorable enough not to scare you away

Why am I posting recipes on a time-management-life-toolkit blog? Because
(1) I’m in the above group and have cooked them several times, with magna cum laudae exclamations from people who ate
(2) quick, healthy cooking is a great way to improve your time management!

1. Salmon and Couscous – ready in 15 minutes (including the defrost) salmon couscous

This is inspired after a Jamie Oliver recipe, from which I cut the asparagus and hot pepper. If you’re looking for the original version, you can find it here.

You need:
Frozen salmon fillet (2-4 pieces, depending on how many people you have for dinner)
Couscous
One pepper (or hot pepper if you like)
3-4 cherry tomatoes
Spices (salt, pepper, oregano, basil, the likes)
Olive oil
1/2 lemon
1 microwave oven
1 large pan and 1 smaller pot

Defrost the salmon (2-3 minutes). In the meanwhile, put some water to boil, add salt in it. Add the couscous once it boils. The trick with couscous is to use a scale of  1.5 water/couscous. For 2 people, 1.5 cups of water and 1 cup of couscous is more than enough. Make sure to stir, cause couscous sticks to the pan. It should soak the entire water in about 3 minutes. Then add the tomatoes cut in half and continue stirring for another 1-2 minutes. If you hear strange noises and see smoke coming out, you should add some more water.
Add salt and pepper to the salmon, cut the pepper in small pieces and add them to the frying pan, sprinkle with olive oil. Cover the pan and make sure to turn the salmon after 1-2 minutes.
Take the salmon out after about 5 minutes (max!) and keep the pepper. Add the couscous and stir for another 1-2 minutes. Then transfer to the plates and enjoy :)

Couple it with some white wine (I had some Tokaji) and you have yourself an excellent healthy dinner in less than 15 minutes!


2. So good, it vanishes in 5 minutes: Tarte Tatin (30 min) tartetatin

This I learned from the person who inspired me to cook (my own Julia Child) – Mazilique (who, accidentally, is also the Editor in Chief of Romania’s Good Food magazine).
I cooked it already 4 times in the past 2 weeks, and each time it vanished from the plate in less than 5 minutes, in delirious sounds of “Mmmh” and “Aaaah”.

So, you need:
Flaky Pastry (Romanian “foietaj”) – you can find it to buy, don’t bother cooking it. It needs defrosting.
3-4 apples
1/2 pack of butter (butter, butter, butter)
100 g sugar (1/2 cup)
One round pan that goes on the stove as well as in the oven

Let the butter melt and then add the sugar. Stir for about 2-3 minutes until the sugar melts. In the meanwhile, have someone peel the apples and cut them in small, thin (0.5 cm) slices. Add the apples and stir for about 10 minutes. Defrost the pastry and cut it round to fit the pan. Add cinnamon, syrup, cointreau, brandy or whatever makes your day and would go with caramel apples :)
Carefully place the pastry on top of the boiling (by the way, stop the fire and start warming the oven at this time) apples. Put the pot in the oven until the pastry gets golden brown (that’s about 20 -25 minutes).
When it’s ready, topple it over on a plate (careful not to spill hot caramel butter on your hands!). It’s enough for 4-5 people max.

3. For early mornings or lazy afternoons – Irish Brie&Cranberry Sandwich (5 min) briecranberry

I had this in Dublin Airport on my first honeymoon day, and fell in love with it so much, that I bought cranberry jam just to replicate it.

You need:

1/2 dark bread baguette
bacon (fried or not, your choice)
cranberry jam
brie cheese
spinach or rucola leaves

Cut the baguette in half, ¬†spread cranberry jam on one side. Place brie + bacon, then rucola/spinach. That’s it!

Enjoy the food :)

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