as i have written in some previous posts, some weekends we are too lazy to get out of the city and go for a real hike but also sitting around and doing nothing is not good for people like us who spend the whole week in front of the computers. the solution to our lazy weekends is our urban hikes. we usually start walking from home and walk towards other parts of the city. since san francisco is a very hilly city our long walks turn into a real hike. and then when we get to some point or we run into cafes or places we have not seen before and seem interesting, we stop there and eat or drink some thing as a reward to our long walk. last weekend we walked to golden gate park and it looked even more gorgeous than some of the mountains.
there are so many wild flowers, herbs, and plants in botanic garden and they have all bloomed in spring that it's so delightful to walk in the park. also the wild life is very lively in this season. all kinds of birds, turtles, and fishes in the ponds. find the heron in the picture. i could watch that bird for hours. so amazing how it focuses to fish. and the cute turtles were all over sun bathing. of course i am shikamoo and i can't go anywhere without eating some yummy food.
we had some sandwiches for picnic in the park and also landed in de young museum for coffee and pastries. i should also write a separate post about the great food in california academy of sciences. but that's for a rainy day not for a sunny one that i prefer to sit outside in the park.then of course walking back home and being tired, i love to eat some thing healthy but easy to make. our contort food is bakes salmon with potatoes and thyme. it takes less than an hour to have a delicious and simple meal. potatoes, onions, and garlics are slowly braised in thyme flavored stock and topped with pepper crusted salmon fillets.ingredients:
- eight to ten medium sized potatoes thinly sliced
- one or two onions
- a bunch of fresh thyme leaves
- two cups of vegetable stock
- enough butter
- two slices of salmon fillet
preheat the oven to 375F and layer the potatoes, and onions in a dutch oven. season each layer with salt, pepper, and thyme and pour over the stock and some butter. bake for 35 to 40 minutes. in the meanwhile brush the salmon fillets with butter, garlic, ground black pepper, and salt. place the salmon on top of the potatoes cover and let it bake in the oven for 15 minutes. i served the dish with some edamame beans. nousheh jahn!