My friend Bitchy McSnarkster looked at me and started laughing.
“I cannot believe you came out with us”, he said, gesturing at the circle of gay men that surrounded us, “and wore that”, he said, as he pointed at the white vest I was wearing as a shirt.
I think I looked pretty damn cute. Seems some of the men did too; what is it with gay men and breasts? Can’t one imagine what they feel like? More gay men have felt me up in this lifetime than the straight ones.
Now, this outfit should not have surprised him. This is how I dress. I have an agenda when I put my clothes on, a message to send.
Bitchy knows better. A few months back I called him in a tizzy as I tried to pull together an outfit for a day date. Oh, the dreaded day date. How does one construct an outfit that could perhaps carry you in to the evening but still manages to be appropriate for such wholesome fun as a museum or a movie? I should have worn a burlap sack to this particular date, but one does not know this going in to these scenarios.
He listed off possibilities… “V Neck sweater?” “Don’t own one.” “Flat shoes?” “Only flats I own are sneakers or flip flops.” “Casual black pants?” “NOPE….Bitchy, THIS IS NOT MY LOOK.”
No matter how you dress me up I think I do alright. Hey, I’d rather have a look than be some cog in a machine. It is not like I am wearing vests to work sans shirt; there is a time and a place for everything. I just have a bit more of a liberal interpretation of what to don in most situations. I’m flexible, a chameleon.
Salmon is another one of those flexible creatures. No matter what you do to it, it is going to turn out pretty great. For instance, I wanted to add some ginger to this marinade but forgot it; the fish still turned out great. The lemon juice could be swapped for some OJ or rice wine vinegar and the sesame oil can be completely omitted. I have made this as simply as just using the soy saice, lemon, garlic and oil, while other times I have added red pepper flakes or mustard powder. Seriously, do this up however you like; you cannot make a mess of this.
3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
juice from half a lemon
1 clove crushed garlic
1.5 TSBPS olive oil
1 TSBP sesame oil
1 TBSP honey
2 tsp olive oil
2– 3 oz salmon pieces
In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce through honey. Add salmon pieces and marinate for 30 minutes, turning several times. Preheat oven to 450. In oven safe saute pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add salmon to pan and sear on each side for about 3 minutes. (Start by searing the non skin side first.) Place in oven and cook for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.