A couple of interesting things happened in the kitchen this week that are very simple and healthy and delicious, and I thought I would share.
You remember Baby Betsy, the bay leaf cutting, right? I blogged about her several days ago. Dave is really right -- the flavor of fresh bay is just about to die for. Or to live for. Depending on your point of view.
Well, I got a quirky idea in my head the other night, and damn if it didn't work out and taste really heady and lovely. You might want to try this at home. I slathered a bit of olive oil on the bottom of a baking dish. I chopped up a leaf of Baby Betsy (fresh bay leaf) very fine and sprinkled it on the olive oil. I laid cod filets on top of this bay-leaf oil, rubbed the tops with olive oil, and sprinkled them with garlic powder. I thought of using fresh garlic, which I normally would do, but for some reason I thought in this application the subtlety of the garlic powder would be the thing. Then I sprinkled it with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. I put it in the oven to bake at 375F until it just flaked with a fork. (I think it was about 25 minutes) Meanwhile, I cut a couple of summer squashes into matchsticks, roughly chopped some broccoli, garlic, and swisschard, and sauteed them all together (in hot olive oil with a dab of unsalted butter) until the broccoli was bright green and the chard wilted - again seasoned with sea salt and fresh-ground pepper. I put a big pile of this on the plate as a bed for the cod filets, et voila!
I know. I should have taken a picture. But I'm so not a food stylist. When I have taken food pictures, they are terribly disappointing. Even when they aren't burnt to a crisp. Hee.
Another discovery I've made quite recently is fresh turmeric. Wow, is that stuff marvelous. My healthy foody store has been carrying it on and off, and when I see it, I buy it. My favorite way to use it is to chop it really fine (about a one-inch piece of it) and put it in an omelet, although when I was searching for a link for you, I found that one there, and it had not occurred to me to put it in a smoothy. Will try that soon.
We are up here at the ends of the earth and it's positively amazing that a shop is carrying fresh turmeric. You have no idea. But if you live in a metropolitan area, I bet you can find it in an Asian store, if your regular healthy store doesn't carry it. Hell, you're probably all using it and I'm wasting my breath. But anyway. I highly recommend it, and it's so.very.healthful.