If ever I have the chance to eat whole grilled fish, I do - every Mediterranean restaurant I eat at - but at home I often go another route: oven roasting.
Start curing your salmon on Wednesday and it will transform into gravlax for brunch by Sunday ...
As the weather finally, finally, starts to improve, my thoughts run to sunny days. Throw together meals. Hours spent barbecuing and eating outdoors. I’m a bit premature in my thinking; there’s still a chill in the air, but the sun is out and all the snow has melted. We're on our way …
This is a quick way to prepare salmon fillets. Cooking salmon using this technique requires you to pay full attention: cooking time varies so you must watch the fish to avoid dry, overcooked salmon.
Flying Air Singapore to Indonesia and a visit with our daughter. Twenty-three excruciatingly long hours of travel. A messenger bag filled with food alternatives: jerk salmon, smoked trout, dried fruit, assorted nuts, chocolate bars* -- we're convinced we'll require sustenance to carry us through our journey! The first meal is served: 'mystery chow'. The sound of rustling tinfoil resinates through the cabin, the chatter evaporates and the clatter of cutlery ensues. The aroma engulfs us as I peel back the silver cover to allow a charge of steam to escape. Cauliflower, Peas and Chickpeas in a Curry Sauce.
In the summer I prepare a Composed Niçoise Salad, but I always feel it's too light to eat in the winter -- silly since I eat tuna and potatoes and green beans all year round! However, I was really excited about making this Salmon based salad, it seemed perfect for a snowy December day.
Waking up to an impending snow storm, I decide to make a Salmon Cobb Salad. Not sure what the connection is -- you'd think I'd reach for a dutch oven and make a soup or stew to ward off the chill in the air. But instead I begin composing a salad in my head, contemplating what ingredients I have on hand.
Funny thing, whenever I think of broiled fish, my mind immediately envisions dried up dover sole swimming in some buttery sauce for flavor -- some throw-back to my childhood I guess!! This recipe is anything but dried up and tasteless ...
I want to start playing around with the spice blends I purchased at La Boîte á Epice. I don't want to hide them amongst other flavors; I want to allow them to stand on their own so I can learn them and know how to best incorporate them in future recipes. I decided to make a simple baked Halibut using Escabeche #25. From Lior Lev Sercarz's book, The Art of Blending, I see that this blend is Mediterranean inspired -- a combination of Lemon, Saffron, Coriander, Fennel and Spices.
My niece, Alana, shared a wonderfully simple recipe for Shrimp with Tomato and Feta Cheese. It sounded delicious -- and great for a quick dinner with good presentation. However, having a kosher kitchen, it needed some modification. I'm used to switching things up; recipes are really just guidelines, with unlimited adaptions. I substituted the shrimp with tilapia, used a can of diced San Marzano tomatoes