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Originating from a certain fake butter advertisement, this salmon recipe is absolutely brilliant. My man and I have a low threshold of tolerance when it comes to the media. We don’t watch TV – the programming is idiotic and the commercials are nothing but lies. It is hard enough to decipher the news; I don’t wish to broaden my mind with the inns and outs of popular culture. This brings me to the remake of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos by astrophysicist’s Neil deGrasse Tyson. I waited for it for months and then last Sunday we turned the TV on to watch Cosmos. It was a bit of a letdown. Always a disappointment when someone we like says something biased or misinformed. My heart sank when Tyson credited Fred Hoyle with the Big Bang. Hoyle may have come up with the expression, but by then it wasn't an original idea and certainly not his.

Einstein and Lemaitre in 1933

The originator of the Big Bang theory and the man who changed the mind of Albert Einstein on the true origin of the created Universe was a Belgian priest, mathematician and physicist, Father Georges Lemaitre. I will be watching to see how Tyson deals with Galileo, because there too the real reason he was put in jail has been largely misrepresented by popular culture. He wasn't jailed over his support of Copernican astronomy. The Pope allowed him to publish the heliocentric model, but since Galileo had no proof, he was ordered to give equal time to the geocentric model. This he did. Except that he also presented the Pope as an imbecile. Heads rolled for less in those days. Back to the fake butter commercial. I saw it before the Cosmos. With one disappointment down one good dish made an appearance on Friday. 

2 small salmon fillets 
1/8 cup butter, melted 
1/4 cup pure maple syrup 
1 tsp Dijon mustard 
1/4 tsp soy sauce 
salt and pepper to taste 

• Preheat oven to 425F. 
• Arrange salmon in a baking dish. 
• Melt the butter in microwave. 
• Combine with mustard, soy sauce and maple syrup. 
• Pour mixture over the salmon fillets. 
• Bake for 12 minutes or until salmon flakes with a fork. 
• Serve hot with extra sauce over the top.


  1. Hi Zsuzsa,
    We watched the first episode half way through..I couldn't get past the fact that they were using cartoons(!) as though we wouldn't be able to concentrate for a full hour- but the interminable commercials did us in thanks..

    1. I agree with you Dolores, there is so much existing material on the subject why they had to use those crude, annoying cartoons – they looked like caricatures, so I can’t help thinking that was a bit of condescension to the elementary level. That first show had to have been a costly one. If I wasn’t a space enthusiast I probably would not have watched the second segment, which is really too bad, because the second show was very well done and quite lovely. The big news for the last couple of days has been the detection of gravitational waves — a previously theoretical event, now there is proof for the Big Bang. So we can’t call it a theory anymore. But I keep laughing at the science journals and newspapers crediting Einstein with the Big Bang. Anybody who knows anything about Einstein knows he was very much against it. Oh well…

  2. I've seen the commercial and agree that butter is a much better alternative in this delicious dish.

    1. I figured you would have seen it too.

  3. Your maple-mustard salmon looks incredible, and sooo pretty. Drooling over these beautiful pieces of salmon. Lovely photos, as well!




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