Baked Salmon with (Mushrooms) Pizza toping

Well, it is not really pizza toping, but its look like it.

Baked Salmon with Mushrooms

The main vegetable ingredient is mushrooms and that what give the dish its ‘mushroomy’ distinctive taste, Its go surprisingly well with the salmon. The rest of the vegetables, add some complimentary tastes to the dish that was necessary, because mushroom flavour by itself is (like in real pizza)boring.

The dish remind me pizza, and I guess one can even try and top it with cheese. I can’t see why it won’t turn to be good.


I think I may over cooked it by five minutes, i.e. I cooked it for twenty five minutes and it was dash too dry (as the Sharpe eyes among you, will notice).



6 Salmon filets.

12 Sliced good flavoured button mushrooms .

12 Pitted black olives.

1 ½ Sliced onions, (I used red onion but i think white will be better, as red is to some degrees a sweet onion).

3 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced.

5 Cherry tomatoes, halved.

½ teaspoon thyme.

Salt and pepper.

Olive oil.


Slightly fry the onions, then add the mushrooms and the garlic. Continuo to fry the vegetables until the mushrooms starting to omit theirs liquid. Add the seasoning and gently mix. Add the tomatoes and the olives and carefully mix it with the mushrooms / onions blend. The objective here is the pre cook the vegetables enough, for them to released the flavour and liquid.

Season the filets with salt and pepper.

Heat up three tablespoon olive oil in heavy bottom skillet. When it is starting to smoke, turn the heat off and immediately put the filets skin side down in the skillet. Leave it until stop sizzling.

Add all the vegetables on top of the fish, cover and put in pre heated oven for twenty minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

That it, enjoy.

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How to make a small wooden wheel

As promised, today post is not about food. It is about how I made a small wooden wheel for one of my automaton wooden sculpture. You may say, yes yes another one that invent the wheel, it may be so but it worked for me, so I share it with you.

I had a mental block, so I download that photo wooden wheel

from the internet to remained me the geometry of a wheel. If it is not important, you don’t need to go to great extent to be very accurate. For me it was enough to replicate(kind of) the rim section of the wheel and to some degree to carved the treads of the tyre (in exaggeration). Anyway, the real wheel that served as model was from an old tractor trailer from my childhood.

wooden wheel

First thing first. You need to do three things:

A. To cut a wooden circle the size that you need. I used MDF for it and roughly cut it on my band saw.

Wooden wheel

B.  I than shape it on the disc sander, to the exact shape, using my SPECIAL jig.

Wooden wheel

C. Build a primitive wood lathe. I discovered that if I use only the drill as a lathe, the force you exert with the chisel on the wheel will ruin to drill and it won’t make a good and symmetrical round  wheel. So you need to back the blank wheel from the opposite side similar to a proper lathe.

Wooden wheel        Wooden wheel

I attached the drill on an  adjustable block of wood to a solid wood base and attached my adjustable vise, to the same base.

Attached the wooden MDF wheel to the drill, I used my buffing polishing mandrel. I clump  harden pointy bar of steel into the vise and adjust it to fit the middle of the blank wooden wheel dead centre (I did drill small hole in the head of the mandrel, so the point fit snugly to it). don’t tighten it too much, as it can slow the drill and brake it.

Mark the profile of the wheels’ rim on the MDF wheel blank  with black dot.  Run the drill on relative fast revolution and start to curve it along the marking. I use my rough all-rounder chisels for that.

Wooden wheel

In hindsight I should built  a tool rest  for the chisel, but I was too lazy.

After finishing to curve the rim profile I marked the location of the tyre treads, mount it (yet again) on purpose build mount, it enable me to hold it firmly wile I carved the treads.

Wooden wheel             Wooden wheel

Wooden wheel Now all you have to do is to paint it. I contemplating to stick some pins into the wood to imitate nuts and bolt but again I was too lazy.

And here it is.    Oops, see featured image at the beginning.

Eventually I fix it into my automaton sculpture, step back and admired my handy work. (it is on the bottom right of the sculpture).

Wooden wheel






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