Are you like me? Not exactly a wizard in the kitchen, but you don't want to eat canned beans and macaroni and cheese out of a box every night? When I was away in college I discovered the simple deliciosity of baked salmon, and recently of a nice summery sauce to go on top with veggies fresh from the garden. It only took about 20 minutes to prepare, cook, and clean up too! I added red potatoes from the farmers market this weekend and voila, a nice home cooked meal.
Since the potatoes will take the longest to cook it is best to start here. Clean and chop the potatoes into quarters. The skin tastes good and is such a pretty color, why take it off? Place the potatoes in a large pot and fill with water until they are covered with water by about 2 inches. Cover the pot and let boil until they become tender.Line a baking dish (or in my case the tray from the toaster oven) with tinfoil. Brush the salmon pieces with olive oil and place in the tray. Do not use as much olive oil as I did, there was a moment of spacing out and I poured too much. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and dill over it and place to the side. I like to put the fish in for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees Farenheit (usually I just wing it depending on how thick the pieces are. Fish doesn't need to cook long to be done).Peel and slice a cucumber lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Dice the cucumber, and in my case I added some green peppers. (At this point, I put the fish in the oven so that the sauce and fish will be done at about the same time). Melt butter in a frying pan, and add the veggies. After a few minutes add as many capers as you like (I used about 2 spoonfuls) and 2 or 3 tables spoons of water and allow to simmer on medium heat. Stir in chopped parsley at the end and remove from the heat.By now the potatoes should be done. Drain them out into a large colander and return the pot to the stove with the heat on. Put in some butter (I like to use more than less) and enough to cover the bottom of the pot. Pour in the potatoes and sprinkle dill all over while stirring the butter all around. Once the butter has evaporated they are done. I sometimes will put the top of the pot on and leave them to sit at low heat for a minute or two so they aren't watery.
By now everything is done cooking and can be put together on the plate. Take the salmon off the foil using a fork or spatula and add the sauce and the potatoes.