We know that you do not have all the time in the world to read recipes and stories.
But since we all need a little humor in our life to reduce the wrinkles, hopefully, we are hitting the right spots.
This is a true story.
By Bernadette Scott
On January 9, 2007, Mr. Goudas disappeared from his office at around 8:00 p.m.
I was doing my usual stuff and the cleaning lady was doing her bit, vacuuming and mopping the offices.
Needless to say, half-an-hour later a smell permeated the environment.
In other words, something was cooking.
It was almost time to take my break and have a sandwich.
However, the smell meant I was going to have a full meal instead.
After all it is a known fact, Mr. Goudas never eats alone.
Secretly, I went into the boardroom and set the table for 3 people: plates, spoons, forks, and the works. Along with one the bottles of wine presented to Mr. Goudas by various people over the Holiday Season.
Mr. Goudas in not really a drinker, but he enjoys a small glass of wine now and then.
As predictable as ever, Mr. Goudas came out of the kitchen with a rectangular baking dish covered in aluminum foil and we surprised him by telling him to go into the boardroom.
He said, I have cooked for 3 and I am happy that you set up the table for 3.
Let us all have dinner.
When he removed the foil paper we were very pleased to see what lay in the baking pan.
The picture says it all: 3 thick, juicy pieces of Salmon steak surrounded by baked onions, whole marinated mushrooms and sliced carrots in a lemony juice.
Mr. Goudas divided the dinner among the 3 of us.
It was not long after the first bite that we all admitted that it was simply delicious.
After the first glass of wine, we thanked him and asked what was the occasion and how he cooked this really nice dinner.
He appeared to be in happy spirits and a talkative mood and therefore he started the story of how this all came about.
He began by revealing the recipe.
He placed the 3 salmon steaks on the tray.
He then cut 9 onions in halves and placed them face down around the steaks, together with three carrots sliced in half across the center, and a cup of marinated mushrooms.
He poured half a cup of Olive Oil, a glass of water, the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper,
2 tablespoons of Trinidad Hot Sauce and a pinch of oregano over the salmon.
He then covered the tray with foil and baked for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
When just about ready he turned the salmon upside down and he also separated the layers of the onions and let them bake a little bit more until the water evaporated and his creation obtained a golden colour.
We all agreed, that we were having the best dinner ever.
Mr. Goudas asked for another glass of wine.
Then we asked him what was the occasion and why such a superb dinner which was accompanied by the heavenly music of the tenor, Harry Secombe, his album, Highway of life.
Then while sipping his glass of wine he told us the following story:
You know that I have had problems with my back since I sneezed 6 months ago and dislocated by my disc.
Now I feel much better and I am trying to walk.
During this period, I met a very good surgeon by the name of Dr. Joseph McKenna who apparently, although he is one of the best surgeons in the country suggested that I not have an operation at the present time.
Since he comes regularly to the office to check on my condition, (sometimes even on the weekends) last Sunday at around 11:00 am I was cooking spaghetti when I remembered my doctor friend and felt like calling and inviting him to lunch.
Upon phoning, I realized that his telephone went to the answering service.
I left this message:
"I have cooked the best mincemeat and tomato in the world and I would like to know if I should complete the dinner by cooking some spaghetti, or to maybe start another dish of baked salmon in the oven with onions and carrots in a lemon sauce. "
Since I was not able to speak to the doctor directly I continued with the mincemeat dish.
A few minutes later, the phone rang in the office and guess who it was, Dr. McKenna.
He told Mr. Goudas he would be there in 20 minutes because he was presently at a church service.
Mr. Goudas assumed that Dr. McKennas cell phone was on vibrate due to the quick response.
He continued cooking and thinking to himself that maybe although the doctor was a religious man, he probably told them that he had an emergency.
He also pondered on something that happened to him years ago.
Right then and there he remembered an incident that happened more than 55 years ago when, as an altar boy back in Greece, he and another altar boy were preparing the red wine for the chalice and communion services that decided to have a few couple of glass of this red wine as their private communion.
When they finally emerged from the back of the church to the front to present the minister with the rest of the wine they started dancing sirtaki like Zorba the Greek.
The whole church erupted in laughter and that was the last time he assisted at Sunday mass.
Nevertheless, the Doctor arrived just as Mr. Goudas was bursting with laughter at this memory.
He told the doctor to set the table and they had a wonderful lunch and conversation.
It was a refreshing start to the New Year.
Dr. McKenna had brought with him a gift, the CD mentioned above.
Mr. Goudas was thinking to himself and remembered that he had three pieces of salmon in the refrigerator, which, if they were not cooked today, would not be any good for tomorrow.
That is why we ablr to emjoy this superb meal today.
Since he was cheerful because he was feeling much better these days, he grabbed his harmonica and he played along with the tenor to How Great Thou Art
We wrapped up the wonderful dinner with the boss, continued on to our various assigned duties, which for me is this article and this story, the first for 2007.
So, by now you should be able to cook salmon the Mr. Goudas way.