Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Asian Halibut Fish Cakes

This recipe is adapted from a salmon cake done by Martha's people at Everyday Food. I switched out the salmon for wild halibut and I knew it would be a new family favorite. The lovely mild ginger flavor makes this dish fragrant and delicious. I also learned a neat trick for making fish cakes without benefit of flour or corn meal. Egg is the binder; and the fish cakes are formed and then put into the freezer for about 30 minutes so they hold together when you put them into the frying pan. It works! We loved them.

1-1/2 pounds of wild halibut, chopped into small pieces approximately 1/2 inch square
2 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger (Tip: Peel fresh ginger with a spoon)
2 finely diced Shallots
1 egg
1 teaspoon Kosher or Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Chop and mix all the ingredients together except the egg. Then slightly beat up the egg and stir it into the fish mixture until everything is coated with egg and the mixture is . . .well, it's gooey.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Using an ice cream scoop, divide the mixture into 6 to 8 portions. Place each portion in a scoop or circle shape on the lined baking sheet. Put the baking sheet into the freezer for 20 - 40 minutes, until the fish cakes hold together.

Heat a non-stick frying pan coated with a teaspoon or so of coconut oil. Add the semi-frozen fish cakes to the pan and let them cook for at least 5 minutes, until they are brown on one side and will hold together when you carefully flip them over to let them fry until they are done, approximately another 3 to 5 minutes.

I didn't try this when I made the test recipe, but when I make the next batch, I may try to make a double recipe, freeze the second half until it is safe to put them into a freezer bag or container, and save them for use another time.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


This time of year always means lots and lots of tasty, home grown vegetables, and many of us have an abundance of zucchini that we may not know quite what to do with. This recipe is a side dish that I saw in a Whole Foods while I was working on GOOD FOOD in 2009, and I simply had to include it in the book. The finished product is delicious hot or cold. It probably won't last long enough for you to taste it cold.

2 zucchini, approximately 8 – 10 inches long
2/3 – 3/4 cups grape tomatoes, lightly diced
1/3 to 1/2 cups Greek Feta cheese
1/4 cup pitted black olives, lightly diced
1/4 cup pepita seeds or raw pine nuts (optional)
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
A drizzle of olive oil (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
1) Cut the zucchini in half, lengthwise,
and scrape out the seeds with a
teaspoon, forming a “ditch” for the other ingredients.
2) Cut a slim length of the skin on the bottom of the zucchini, so it will sit steadily on the plate.
3) Combine all the other ingredients and distribute them evenly into the four zucchini halves.
4) Bake until zucchini is just cooked, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
5) You may want to drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil over the finished product.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


I was reminded of this recipe, originally created for GOOD FOOD, by Courtney from Nashville. Thanks, Courtney!
Everyone else - Enjoy.

1 head (about 2 pounds) cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Kosher or sea salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoon organic butter
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon capers (more if you want - I often use half a small jar of capers including the juice)
1 tablespoon caper juice

1) Trim, and cut cauliflower into small florets.
2) Spread in a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet.
3) Drizzle with olive oil; season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Toss to combine.
4) Roast, tossing once or twice, until cauliflower is golden brown and tender, 20 to 25 minutes, in a hot oven ( 375 - 400 degrees)
5) In a small skillet, melt butter and olive oil over medium to low heat.
6) Gently saute garlic cloves, 2 to 3 minutes.
7) Remove from heat. Add capers and caper juice.
8) Pour over roasted cauliflower, and toss to coat.