Go Fish

We had trout for dinner last night. Not just any trout, but trout from somewhere in northern Michigan or Wisconsin. I melted butter with a small dab of Dijon mustard, poured it over the salted and peppered filet, then sprinkled on some dried tarragon and baked it at 350 for about 20 minutes. Sliced tomatoes and steamed broccoli rounded it out. The mildness of the trout and the assertiveness of the tarragon balanced each other out pretty well.

Salmon and tarragon fight with each other. When I do salmon, I like to melt apricot jam in the microwave and throw in a dab of curry powder. Again, salt, pepper, pour on the glaze, and 350 for 20 minutes or so until done.

I get the pre-portioned filets when I go to Costco. Great to have on hand for those nights when it’s the last defense before pizza. Cod, hake, and tilapia all play nice with the trout seasoning mentioned above. Sometimes I’ll make a topping of mayo–REAL mayo, not low fat or Miracle Whip–grated Parmesan, and lemon pepper or Italian herbs. Pat on top of the filets, and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Not very often, but sometimes I’ll play with recipes from Julia Child’s books. Only on occasion and when I feel daring.

Most of the time, the above treatments keep the three of us pretty happy.  


The Valentine’s Feast

ImageYesterday brought roses, chocolate, and a card from Hubby. It also brought a package from Amy’s Organics (http://amysorganics.org) that contained a stewing hen from a local farm, a bison pot roast, and a trout fillet from way up north in Wisconsin or Michigan. 

Trout is a staple of northwoods cuisine. The good stuff is mild but flavorful, like last night’s, and likes very simple preparation to let the subtle flavor shine through. When the Ojibwae had honored guests, they would use maple as a flavoring. Since it was our anniversary as well as Hearts and Flowers Day, I wanted to do something a little special.

I melted a tablespoon of butter, combined it with a dab of Dijon, and a goodly amount of maple syrup and enough brown sugar to keep it from running all over the pan. The trout went into a parchment paper-lined pan, received a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and the maple-mustard-butter went over the top. It hung out in the oven with a pan of cauliflower and sweet potatoes at 400 for about 15 minutes.

Hubby and Oakley both enjoyed the fish immensely. We have enough left over for a few more meals–perhaps a salad with a good mayo and some grated carrot and chopped celery on a bed of lettuce or as a sandwich for dinner tonight.