Thursday, April 10, 2014

Halibut in a Thai Coconut Curry Sauce

Easter is right around the corner. I saw something like this on Pinterest - and thought that I would give them a go to send up to my nieces and nephew. They didn't turn out as nicely - but I still think that they are so cute. I now have a ton of fishy crackers leftover - so I will be making more of them. Please get your order in before next Tuesday. JUST KIDDING. Although I would make you a carrot, because I love ya.

On Tuesday, Tanya (remember I just talked about her HERE - she is my running/coffee date every Saturday morning) went to a Thai cooking class. It was so delicious. Authentic thai recipes - with fresh ingredients. I have never done a class like this before - and I have a feeling that it is going to be the first of many. On Monday night, I watched Masterchef Canada and one of the judges had the contestants preparing dishes from his restaurant - and one was - Halibut in a coconut curry sauce. He didn't show the recipe or how to make it, but showed how to plate it. And, also on Tuesday, my friend Steph gave me two pieces of fresh halibut from her fishing excursion on the weekend.

Are you seeing where this is going? Hint, Thai, Halibut, Fate.

I thought that I would just wing it - and so happy that I did. Chris loved it - said that it may be better than my chicken pot pie recipe. Hoorah!

A couple of things before I get started. 1. I just winged it - and if someone is a master Thai chef - they may said that it isn't Thai. 2. I used way too much jalapeno - my mouth was an inferno when we were done. Chris' loved the heat - but had a little sweat on. I took his picture. Warning: HE'S HANDSOME.


Halibut in a Thai Coconut Curry Sauce

2 generous servings of fresh halibut (I think any fish would work for this - but I really love how halibut held up b/c it's so meaty)
4 cloves of garlic
Fresh ginger - roughly chopped - @ 2 tbsp worth
Jalapeno pepper - use as much or as little as you like
Juice and zest of one lime
2 tbps of curry powder
1 small can of coconut milk
1 tbsp of honey
Kosher salt and pepper for seasoning

In a food processor, add in the garlic, ginger, jalapeno, juice and lime zest - and chop/grind until it is finely minced.
*I didn't have any cilantro - but I wish that I had. I would have added a small bunch to the above mixture, and used a bit for a garnish on top.

In a saucepan - add 1 tsp of canola oil and heat over medium heat. Add in the above mixture and saute for a couple of minutes - until everything is heating up nicely. Stir in the curry powder so that it coats everything. Add in the coconut milk, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer nicely, stirring often - until the halibut is cooked. Add the honey near the end and stir it in completely.

Season both sides of the halibut, with kosher salt and pepper.  Heat a pan on medium/high heat and add 1-2tbsp of olive oil. Place the presentation side of the halibut in the pan first. My pieces still had the skin on so I put the pieces in the pan skin side up.

Cook each side for 5 minutes. Our pieces were quite thick, but you could possibly get away with cooking them 3-5 minutes per side.

Remove the halibut from the pan.

In a shallow bowl, add the coconut curry sauce.

Place the piece of halbut on top of the sauce and garnish. I sliced red peppers very thinly, but I think that cilantro would look lovely.

I served this along side of sauteed yams with yellow and red peppers.



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Long live Spring

I'm not sure if it's because I grew up, up north, in a little town where winter was about 6 months of the year, or if it's because I love wearing sweaters, boots, scarves - typical winter clothes; but I always, every year have a hard time transitioning from winter to spring/summer.

I am from a small town on the northwest coast of BC, Kitimat. I feel very fortunate to have been raised there - there were a lot of great things there that made it a good place to grow up. Every March/April, the snow would start to melt and after about a 6 week transition - it went from cold days and nights with lots of snow - to warmer days and nights with the muck left over from all of the winter snow. Although the spring ended up being lovely and beautiful, it was the length of time that it took to go from one season to another. After living in Victoria now for so many years, I still find myself in that limbo - missing winter, happy spring is here, but just not fully embracing the change of season. It's sort of like I feel that there are going to be a few more cold spells or even a spring snow storm, and I just can't get past it.

I know that it's super odd. We have had amazing weather, and our cherry blossoms have been out for months now. We have tulips and daffodils growing in the gardens and today would be a warm enough day to leave the house without a coat. But... still I left the house with the coat that I pretty much wear all winter, a long sleeve shirt and no desire to spend more time outside than it took to walk the pups. Now, we did have an extra long walk down at the beach, and I did wear sunglasses - so perhaps I am on track; however, I am cozy in my house, cleaning, cooking, watching back episodes of 'Chopped' and writing a blog post. I am trying not to feel guilty about not being outside embracing this incredible spring day, but I feel like I am just not quite ready for spring yet.

What is wrong with me? Am I alone? Is it so bad to want another rainy day so that I can stay inside and not feel guilty about not being out in the yard like my neighbours are? Why do they have to be out so early in the year? Weeding, pruning, planting, laughing, dancing... They probably think that I'm a hermit. Oh well.

I found these pictures that made me happy. They are from last June. Road trip. Oh how she loves the windows down and her hair blowing in the wind. She loves spring. She loves fresh, long grass. She isn't like me. I need to take her lead and do what she loves. When the husband gets home we are going to go for a car ride. :)

I hope that you're loving spring. I know that for some areas it's not quite spring - but it is coming. The sun and warm air will be so good for you.

I don't have any new recipes really - or pictures of what I have been making. BUT, I do have this wee gem from back in April 2010. It made me smile. So much going on that time. A struggling running career, and finding our pup that went missing for a couple of days. Check it out HERE.

Long live Spring.