EGG – BATTERED OVEN FRIED COD ROLLED IN PARMESAN & GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH A SIDE OF BROCCOLI – AVOCADO SALAD SEASONED WITH LEMON – DIJON – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–egg (1)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 3 tablespoons)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–broccoli (fresh, 1 head, chopped into bite-sized pieces)

–avocado (1, cut into one-half inch pieces)

–lemon juice (2 squirts)

–Dijon mustard (2 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

1 – Cut off the stalk from a head of broccoli, but keep the stems and florets.  Place in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, remove lid to allow broccoli to cool to room temperature.  Set aside.

2 – When broccoli has cooled, remove from baking dish, and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Drain the water from the baking dish, and place Dijon, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil in the bottom of the dish.  Return the broken broccoli to the dish, and stir well in the sauce. 

3 – Cut the avocado into one-half inch pieces.  Then fold into the broccoli gently.  Allow broccoli – avocado salad to remain at room temperature until time for dinner.

4 – Place an egg in a small mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Beat the egg until smooth.  Add the cod to the bowl, and be sure that the egg thoroughly covers the cod.  Place the garlic – herb breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese on a large plate.  Roll the cod in the crumbs, both sides, and then place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of water to the dish.  Finish a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

5 – Serve the cod hot, with the cool broccoli – avocado salad as a side.

–cod inspired by a friend in Boone, North Carolina; broccoli – avocado salad inspired by a friend in Minnesota and adapted from the Andrew Weil web site.

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CHILLED COD WITH THYME – BAY LEAVES – LEMON SLICES – CAYENNE – FRESH TOMATO – ONION – FLUFFY EGG SALAD

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–thyme and 2 bay eaves

–lemon (fresh)

–cayenne pepper

–tomato (fresh, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

Egg salad:

–3 eggs

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon)

–milk (dairy or almond)

–mayonnaise (3 heaping tablespoons)

–stuffed green olives (6 to 8, sliced)

–Worcestershire sauce (1 teaspoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful)

–garlic (minced, one-half teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (just a dash)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, 2 bay leaves, and a little cayenne pepper.  (Do not season with olive oil.)  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, let cool, and then place in the refrigerator, for more preparation later on.

2 – Remove the cod from the refrigerator.  Slice one-half onion and a medium fresh tomato, and place on each side of the cod.  Set aside.

3 – Place 3 eggs in a small baking dish.  Add 3 teaspoons of milk (dairy or almond).  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir briskly.  Microwave for 2 and one-half minutes on high.  When finished, break apart the omelet with a knife and fork.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and add to the egg.  Add 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, one-half teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 3 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise, 6 to 8 sliced green olives, and a dash of cayenne pepper.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the cod, tomato, and onions cold, with the egg salad beside the cod on a plate.

–cod and egg salad adapted from To the Taste of a King (fifties New Orleans cookbook)

PARSLEYED SALMON WITH TOMATO – ONION – BLACK OLIVES – POTATOES IN DIJON – LEMON – CLAM – WHITE WINE SAUCE

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium)

–onion (one-half)

–black olives (sliced, one-half small can, drained)

–potato (1, medium)

–lemon juice

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–Dijon mustard

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Scrub the potato, and cut into 1-inch pieces.  Place in an uncovered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for just 8 minutes.

2 – Wash and quarter the tomato; place in a large baking dish, in one place on the side of the dish.  Cut the onion into large pieces, and also place to the side the dish.  Drain the black olives, and place one-half small can in the baking dish, to the side.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Stir together 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, a little lemon juice, and a little clam juice.  Pour part of this sauce over the vegetables.

4 – Microwave the vegetables for 3 minutes on high.  Then nestle the salmon in the center of the baking dish.  Add the cooked potatoes to the side.  Finish pouring the sauce over all of the dish, including the salmon.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on the salmon.  Add a little more olive oil if desired.

5 – Microwave on high for 6 and one-half minutes.

6 – Serve the salmon hot, with the vegetables on the side.  I also served a traditional Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, Parmesan, and croutons, and lima beans seasoned with Bac’n pieces (slow cooker).  For other recipes, see the search box.

–salmon and vegetables inspired by Real Simple.

WALNUT SALMON WITH PARSLEY – GARLIC  – DIJON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–walnuts (1 handful, halves and pieces)

–garlic powder

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–Dijon mustard

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season the salmon with garlic powder, chopped parsley, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Drop dabs of Dijon mustard atop the salmon to taste.  Place walnuts atop the salmon, with some in the sauce.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.  I also served a salad, beans, and corn (recipes, see the search box).

–salmon sauce adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.