Here’s a low carb dinner you can make in just one skillet, and it’s basically amazing. Shh: Nobody is going to know if you make some rice to go with your baby bok choy and sticky salmon with honey glaze!
This is the tale of how my Swiss debit card saved my life. True story guys!
Right, we have to travel back a few years as it happened when I was living in England.
I had just moved out of my caravan (such a proud moment) into an apartment I shared with a flatmate.
It was technically on the first floor but the ramp to the underground parking was right below the balcony, which essentially made it a floor higher (that’s an important fact to the story!).
It wasn’t a very fancy building though my landlord had done his best to make the apartment a nice place.
But there was still a very old-fashioned door leading inside the flat. There were two locks on it.
One with a normal key and one with a large old one (believe me, still important!) and the normal key was essential to take with me as the door would automatically lock upon closing.
So far so good, right?
My story continues on a rainy Saturday evening, my flatmate had gone home to see his family over the weekend and I was all alone.
I eventually managed to motivate myself enough to go shopping.
So I trotted away through the rain in my oh-so-British trenchcoat (I was also wearing ballet flats but never mind, style over functionality, right?) towards the supermarket where I spent something close to two hours because it was SO freaking huge (it wasn’t by all means, just compared to any old Swiss supermarket) and came back home all drenched, carrying two very heavy shopping bags.
And then I reached for my key – hold on, where was that stupid key?
Oh great, I had left both my phone AND my key at home.
Yes, that little key. The huge and completely unnecessary one was safely in my pocket.
The very-important-one-without-which-one-is-completely-locked-out wasn’t.
Now normally one would probably just go stay with a friend for a day until their flatmate returns.
But bummer, I knew not a single soul in that town and was pretty much forced to get inside.
So, what was a girl to do? Throw herself on the floor and sob hysterically of course!
Which is exactly what I did until my neighbors came walking down the stairs.
At least they saw something was seriously wrong with me and told me to go ask at the pub across the street if they were in possession of a very long ladder as I had left my balcony door open.
Which is just what I did. Still all wet from the rain, basically leaving a huge trail of puddles behind me.
And it was crammed with people having dinner and drinks all dressed up in fancy clothes. Hello there, cuckoo lady!
Now they did have a ladder, just not one long enough to get to my balcony because well, underground parking.
Next the pub manager sent one of his employees with very tiny hands over to see if he could reach through the mailbox slot and unlock the door.
Of course he couldn’t but at least he got paid for trying to break into a cuckoo’s apartment.
So the pub manager told me to sit down at the bar, have a drink on the house and take a deep breath (I owe him forever!).
The fancy people around me started chiming in, telling me to call a (very expensive because it was Saturday evening by then) locksmith but I decided to give it one more try / a.k.a. kicking in my door. It seemed like a great idea at the time.
Now I can tell you me kicking the door didn’t really do much except hurt my foot.
And then I started to panic.
I didn’t have money to pay a locksmith, I was cold because I had been wearing wet clothes for a few hours by then and I was absolutely starving.
So I did the one reasonable thing – go back to sobbing uncontrollably on the floor.
And then it hit me.
I had once seen a guy opening a door with his credit card in a movie.
So I took out my Swiss debit card (so much cooler than a Visa, right?) and replicated his movements.
And guys, you know what? That freaking door opened.
WITH A BANK CARD! I had opened my door with a tiny little plastic thingy. I went to thank the pub manager about a thousand times for his help and generosity before even bothering with dry clothes (he must have loved me for getting his entire pub floor wet).
And when my neighbors came back I told them how scarily unsafe our building was.
At least that explained why there were two locks on every door…
But I didn’t even care how easily someone could break into my apartment – I was just relieved to have a hot shower, dry clothes and food available.
I should have made this salmon though, it would have erased all the memories from that awful, awful day.
The sticky glaze would have glossed over the fact that I had spent a perfectly good TV afternoon trying to open a door and the Bok Choy would have tremendously cheered me up because well guys, it’s called Bok Choy.
I just can’t get over the awesomeness of that name.
Also, uhm, there’s plush bok choys*. Want, need, necessity!
So if you ever lock yourself out or someone you know locks himself out or heck, a random weirdo in your apartment complex locks herself out – go and make this salmon for them.
And guys, you know what? If I were you I’d lock myself out on purpose. Because that salmon is SO good.
Just a thought for your consideration.
(Or, you know, ignore my ramblings and make it anyways…)
Here’s the printable recipe for one pan sticky salmon and bok choy:
For the Salmon
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 salmon fillets
For the Bok Choy
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 4 baby bok choys
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
- 1/2 cup broth
- Combine oil, honey, soy sauce and fish sauce in a shallow dish. Add the salmon fillets and marinate for up to two hours but at least 20 minutes, turning once halfway through.
- When ready to cook the fish heat a pan over medium heat. Drain the salmon from the marinade reserving the liquid. Add the fillets to the hot pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Turn over and cook for about 1 minute. Add the marinade and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes, basting the fish with the marinade. Turn over again and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until done. Remove the fish and sauce from the pan and set aside on a warmed plate.
- Wipe the pan and put it back on the heat, increasing to high. Put the sesame oil into the pan and cook the Bok Choy for 1 minute on each side. Add the sesame seeds and lemon zest and continue cooking for 1 minute on each side. Deglaze with the broth and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until softened.
- Serve the salmon on top of the Bok Choy with the remaining sauce.
Nutrition (this is an estimate)
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