I cannot remember when I read the book “Woman of Substance” by Barbara Taylor Bradford, but it kind of stayed with me. As interesting as the book was, it talked about money, deceit, success, relationships, families and dynasties. And to be honest, at that time I only understood substance with its scientific meaning of “a matter which has specific composition and specific properties, every pure element is a substance and every pure compound is a substance.” And then associating the word with women was an understanding that I developed much later in life – slow but substantially!
Amongst family, friends, distant relatives, acquaintances and foes – all the kind of women I have come across reflect some kind of a substance –love, energy, patience, empathy, wisdom, judgmental, humor, leadership, jealousy, envy, slander, abuse and the list can certainly go on. However, the very few women I have come to admire, respect and echo are those who have the soaring substance of faith, the admirable substance of genuineness and the undisputed compounds of purity. The magnetism of such substances is remarkable. Even sitting in a crowd they make strong connections through their verbal communication, calm silence, a gentle touch or an empathetic look. The air of peace, calm and purity that they exude is certainly a ‘matter of specific composition’ and enviable too if I may add– and this unique composition, in my opinion makes the ‘Woman of Substance.’
Coming from literary masterpieces to definitions to nutriment the salmon fish is also of a unique composition. Often coming from Norwegian and Alaskan waters, this pure, pink lean protein is nutritionally dense and home to many macro and micronutrients. Rich in omegas and essential amino acids this little powerhouse is beneficial for cardiovascular diseases, joint protection and improved cognitive powers. The recipe below is simple to prepare yet bursts with calm, subtle flavors of pan-fried salmon fillet, a light, cool yogurt based dressing, nutty brown rice and rich moist avocado slices and an optional piquancy from lemons.