In My Kitchen: Fish

First Chestnuts!

Pancakes for School

Fish Day

I’m playing along with Heather over at Beauty that Moves. Here’s a look at what’s going on in my kitchen!

This week started with a considerable collection of chestnuts from our first collection trip ever. It was fun. I haven’t perfected the art of roasting in the oven, but I will eventually. We also celebrated Peanut’s sixth birthday. One of the great things about living in the Netherlands is that pancakes count as treats. The kids love them! Dutch pancakes for kids are thin, pan sized, covered with powdered sugar, and rolled. I modified our American pancake recipe with a bit of extra vanilla sugar and a big wallop of cinnamon. I cooked the sliced apples briefly on the griddle and then popped them on top of the batter cooked side down. After they finished cooking, I rolled them up and held it all together with a toothpick. A relatively easy and relatively healthy birthday treat. Whew!

But the thing I was planning to write about was psrt three of my meal plan series. I covered soup and pantry days over the past two weeks, so now it’s time for fish. For reasons I cannot explain, fish continues to feel like an intimidating food. Maybe it’s because I so rarely have a fish eating experience that really satisfies. I like my fish fresh, light, and tasty. Soaked in sauce or battered and fried do little for me. While I’ve long wanted to do more fish cooking, only this fall have we successfully added a fish day to our menu.

It might be more accurate to call Wednesday market day. There is a market in a neighborhood near us on Wednesday mornings so Pumpkin and I bike down after dropping Peanut off at school. We have two goals; fish and our bread and olive lunch. The Wednesday market is a fairly sensible market. It’s neither organic nor gourmet, just good food and friendly people. There’s one stand with all pet foods. There’s another with sewing notions and a gentleman who fixes zippers. Is that not genius?

So, every Wednesday we bike over and get ourselves some fish. It’s fresh and delicious. We’re big fans of salmon but I don’t want to risk salmon fatigue. I’ve had the food fatigue experience before with both shrimp and crab. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing! We’ve fallen into a salmon every other week rhythm, which means I get to try something different every other week. So far, we’ve also tried tarbot (heavy, the kids didn’t like it so much) and halibut (very light and flakey, I loved it).

We’ve gradually been reducing our meat consumption over the years and are at an all-time low. It’s also usually our only meat-and-potatoes type meal all week. On salmon nights, we have salmon steaks pan-fried with a good seasoning of salt and pepper. I add a Turkish pepper to the adult pieces. A friend gave it to me ages ago and it’s the best spice in my cupboard. After doing a bit of research, I think it’s urfa pepper. Pan fried on a low heat, the salmon turns out beautiful every time. Boiled and broiled potatoes are a scrumptious accompaniment.

Do you have a favorite fish recipe that we should try? I’m always looking for new ideas!

Let me know how things are going in your kitchen, then click that link and go see more kitchens at Beauty that Moves.

Picture: Fish stand & bread & olive lunch

2 responses on “In My Kitchen: Fish

  1. Joy

    I’ve never been a fan of seafood, and fish in particular, because it all tastes so awful. I just wonder if it’s that I’ve never had proper fish, reading your post. Hmm. Pancakes are a big favorite at our house.

    1. Christine Post author

      I’ve had a lot of less than yummy seafood over the years. It was a piece of perfectly cooked whole trout on Lake Maggiore in high school that changed it all for me. I try to order whole and grilled when I’m out. In order to serve a dish like that, you’ve got to have great fresh fish and someone who knows when to stop cooking. Good luck!

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