May 112013


Today is the birthday (1904) of Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol usually known simply as Salvador Dalí, surrealist master and moustache specialist.  Although he is best known for his paintings he had a hand in a great many fields – cinema, theater set design, fashion, photography, and sculpture.  He was also known for his great wit and outrageous public displays.  Here are some quotes from him that illustrate his style.

“At the age of six years I wanted to be a chef. At the age of seven I wanted to be Napoleon. My ambitions have continued to grow at the same rate ever since.”

“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”

“Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.”

“I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it.”

Bob Blumer had a series on the Food Network for a while called The Surreal Gourmet.  He was fond of making dishes that looked like one thing but were actually something quite different, such as french fries and ketchup where the “fries” were actually pound cake cut to resemble fries and the “ketchup” was raspberry sauce (served in a fast food cardboard container).  He experimented with various “cupcakes,” my favorite being one in which the “cake” part was ground lamb and the swirled “butter cream” on top was mashed potato dyed pink with beet juice.  But my personal favorite is salmon poached in a dishwasher.  Here’s his recipe:

Bob Blumer’s Dishwasher Salmon Recipe


1 tablespoon olive oil
4 6-ounce pieces salmon fillet
¼ cup fresh lime juice
kosher salt and black pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges

heavy-duty foil


1. Grease the shiny side of two 12-inch squares of heavy-duty foil with the oil. Place 2 pieces of fish side by side on each square. Fold up the outer edges of the foil (to contain any liquid) and drizzle the fish with the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Fold the foil closed to form 2 airtight packets. (To test the seal, press down on a packet gently with your hand. If air escapes easily, rewrap.)

3. Place the packets in the top rack of the dishwasher. Run a normal cycle. Remove the fish from the foil and serve with the lemon wedges.  Serves 4

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