I love the mango sauce the recipe calls for drizzled over the salmon.
It's nice because you can make it ahead of time and heat it in the microwave right before serving.
I quickly heat chopped mango with a little sesame oil.
Put it in a food processor or blender and add the vinegar and white wine.
Sometimes if it taste a little too tart I add a little honey to sweeten it up.
Blend till smooth
I put it in a gravy boat and serve it with the meal so everyone can add extra to their fish it's so goood!
I make a few modifications to the recipe.
1) The recipe calls for wasabi powder, you can also use wasabi paste, no biggie.
2) THE BEST change I made is to mix the wasabi paste and the honey with a half a stick of melted butter because the salmon came out to dry when I followed the recipe directions. Just brush it on while it's cooking.
You could also substitute the butter for coconut oil if you want to make it healthier.
3) I cook the salmon on the grill instead of the oven. I just prefer grilled fish to oven baked fish.
Medium heat for about ten minutes, skin side down.
4) The recipe calls for black rice, but I usually just use brown.
I love the warm spice of the wasabi glaze combined with the tart sweet mango sauce.
my family loves it too and it's good enough to serve to special guest.
I found an old World Atlas and a Jacques Cousteau whale book at another thrift store several months later.
The books were 50% off and I paid under $5 for the pair.
I didn't know at the time that I bought the books what I was going to do with them, I just liked them.
I used four new unfinished furniture legs from Home Depot.
They were about $20 for all four.
The legs come in several lengths so measure the height of your suitcase before you buy your legs to determine the finished height of the table you want.
I started by cutting pages out of the Atlas.
At this point of the project I felt VERY guilty.
I have never ruined a book in my life.
I expected the Librarian Police to show up on my doorstep and revoke my Library card at any moment.
I found this map of Martha's Vineyard and at a garage sale for $2.
This map became the base of the suitcase.
I cut it to fit all the sides and the top and Mod Podged it on.
I had so many pictures to work with from the two books that I have extras for other projects.
Don't know what I'll make next with them?
I love seeing California Gray Whales migrating south in the winter and back up the coast with their babies in the late summer from the beach I play volleyball at.
I glued the pictures on top of the map base with more Mod Podge.
I added a couple more thick coats of Mod Podge to the top for extra durability.
I screwed four leg bracket holders to the bottom of the luggage.
They cost under $2 a piece at Home Depot.
The maps looked a little too new for me.
I antiqued them with an old toothbrush and some shoe polish.
Just rub it on and buff it out with a soft cloth.
The shoe polish gives it a protective coating as well as some instant aging.
I have been using shoes polish for antiquing for as long as I can remember.
It's inexpensive and it works great.
I used it to add some antiquing to this Craig's List dresser I painted.
To see how I did it go here.
Shoe polish is always handy in our house since my husband uses it to polish his dress shoes for work.
Shh, don't tell him I steal his shoe polish for my DIY projects.
I added some shoe polish to darken up the legs too.
Here's the table with the legs attached.
Piper, I know you are cuter than whales, but I'm not taking your picture today.
Every panel is different.
Ok Piper, just one picture since you are such a good little project helper.
I'm not the first to decoupage old maps onto vintage luggage.
There are many projects out there using old maps.
But I haven't seen any whale, map combos with legs yet?
Maybe because I'm the only one that likes it.
Oh well, it's definitely a "unique" piece and I had fun making it.
What's the saying?
"Art is in the eye of the beholder."
Here it is in it's new home.
It's perfect to place a drink or a book on and it provides a little extra added storage.
Have you tried using old suitcases or maps to create interesting pieces for your home yet?
If you can cut and paste, this is a totally easy, fun, DIY project.
Keep your eyes open for old suitcases and interesting books next time you're in your favorite thrift store.
Just be on the lookout for the Librarian Police. Thanks for checking it out.
The temperature is working it's way up to the 90's today here in beautiful San Diego.
I decorated my house last month as if we were enjoying cooler Fall temperatures, but they have yet to show up and I'm tempted to turn on the air conditioner again.