Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Roasted Tilefish with Lemon and Thyme

In my attempt to eat healthy this spring season, I've been frequenting my local fisherie (hello, Citerella!) and purchasing fish I haven't cooked before. The fresh tilefish caught my eye. I've only had tilefish once in Charleston, South Carolina, but thanks to  a few extra glasses of wine, I can't quite recall the flavor or consistency. I found this white fish to be similar to cod. I roasted it in a very simple preparation, but am looking forward to trying other preparations such as sautéing or broiling. 
Roasted Tilefish with Lemon and Thyme

Serves 2

1 lb of tilefish
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 lemon thinly sliced into rounds
4 sprigs of thyme

Heat your oven to 425 degrees. 

Rub a baking tray with olive oil and place the fish in the tray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the lemon slices and thyme sprigs on the fish. Roast for 12 minutes.

This dish is lovely served  with sauteed spinach and roasted artichokes.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Smoothie Series: Kale with Raspberries & Avocado

The weather is getting nicer, which means great produce, more farmers market visits, oh, and bathing suit season. Let's focus on the former. Throughout this spring and summer, I'll be sharing easy and delicious homemade smoothie recipes. This particular smoothie is full of nutritious greens and protein. Enjoy!
Kale with Raspberries and Avocado

Serves 1

1 cup of almond milk
3 sprigs of kale
1/2 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa
1/2 ripe avocado
1 handful of raspberries

Pour all of the ingredients in a blender and puree/liquify until desired consistency.

Helpful hint: make sure to check your teeth before leaving the house; this smoothie has the potential to get stuck in your teeth. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cod with Green Olive Pesto, Artichokes, Fava Beans, & Crispy Arugula

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good sale. I am a true bargain hunter. So naturally, after spotting cod on sale at Fairway, I had to buy it. Having never cooked cod before I was excited to play around with this popular fish. After Googling different cooking times and temperatures, I picked a range that I felt comfortable with. As for the preparation, I scoured my pantry and fridge and came up with this dish. I have to say I'm pretty pleased and look forward to preparing cod in the future. 

Serves 2:

1 lb of cod
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons of green olive pesto (I used O & Co)
2 marinated artichoke hearts
3 tablespoons of fava beans
1 handful of arugula

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Loosely dice the marinated artichokes and fava beans.

Place fish on baking sheet. Smear 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil on the fish and then spoon on green olive pesto. Top fish with artichokes and fava beans. Place fish in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes until the flesh of the cod is firm and white.

While the fish is cooking, smear the remaining olive oil on an additional baking sheet, add the arugula, and mix together with salt and pepper. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 10 minutes until the arugula is crispy and slightly translucent.

Top fish with crispy arugula and serve with a side of black rice.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hamptons Getaway Part II

Hamptons Getaway Part II entails a lovely cultural afternoon at the Parrish Art Museum followed by a wine tasting at Channing Daughters Winery, a local vineyard known for their diverse varieties of wine.  We tasted Tocai Friulano, ripe and fresh Roses, orange wines, and Cab Francs. Each glass expressed truly unique flavors that gave subtle essences of the soil we stood upon. The wine is bottled with artistic labels and fun names like Sculpture Garden or Mosaic.
Following the wine tasting (and a few splurges on our favorite bottles), we took a drive to soak in the scenery.
After sunset came dinner at Plaza Cafe, the famed seafood restaurant of Southampton. The restaurant is tucked away on a little street slightly off the main drag. The interior had a slightly 90s feel, but the roaring fireplace and friendly and attentive service won us over, not to mention the food was fabulous.

I loved our waitress Kelly. She really got our zest for food and spent a lot of time walking us through the menu and helped us curate an unforgettable meal. We started off with the Shrimp Tempura. This is not what you expect from the title of this dish. Rather, local rock shrimp is flash fried with a sweet sesame sauce and served with a wasabi pea puree that is the perfect accompaniment with the sweet/salty/crispness of the shrimp. 
Next up was the calamari, which entailed delicately sauteed tendrils of calamari and  was served with homemade hummus, spinach, and lemon zest. We loved the seared calamari and welcomed this version  rather than the traditional New England fried calamari with marinara sauce. 
Our intermezzo was a salmon pizza. I know it sounds really bizarre, but imagine a homemade flatbread covered in smoked salmon, which drizzled with creme fraiche, and topped with tobiko roe. It's not for everyone, but for the adventurous smoked salmon lover who enjoys pizza in many forms, this dish could be a neat addition to your culinary imagination.
Our grand finale was the shepherd's pie, a ramekin filled with local lobster and monk fish simmered in a light sherry cream sauce, and topped with a mashed potato broiled crust. While our guts were angry, each decadent bite was worth it. While we were unable to stomach a proper dessert due to the immense quantity of food we consumed, we slowly nibbled on homemade Madeleines and savored every moment of our wonderful trip. Should you decide to plan a trip to Southampton, please do let me know!