Friday, April 25, 2008


"The tulips I had planted last autumn were in bloom, and I liked to sit and caress their petals, which felt disgustingly delicious, like scraps of peau de soie."
~ Jamaica Kincaid
~ Tulipa tarda
~ Simple fish feast after a harried day in the garden
3 lb. Steelhead (salmon or trout) fillets
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vodka or vermouth
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and zest
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
freshly ground black pepper
  • Combine olive oil, brown sugar, vodka, lemon juice, zest, thyme & black pepper. Pour over fillets and marinate several hours. Bring to room temp before grilling.
  • Place fillets on grill, skin side down, reserving marinade. Depending on thickness of fish, cook about 15 minutes or until opaque but still moist (do not overcook).
  • While fish is cooking, bring marinade to boil and simmer 5 minutes. Serve over fish. (6 healthy servings)


~ Delicious complimentary pasta salad from PAMELA MORGAN'S FLAVORS


1 lb. semolina orzo pasta, preferable imported


6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

6 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

3 cored, seeded and diced ripe plum tomatoes (about 3/4 lb.)

1/4 lb. pitted & chopped Kalamata olives

1/4 lb. coarsely crumbled Greek feta

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint

2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh tarragon

2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary

2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme

  • Bring large pot of water to boil. Add orzo and 1 Tbsp. salt and cook partially covered, according to directions, stirring occasionally until just tender, about 9 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Drain again and transfer to large bowl.
  • In small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and 1/4 tsp. salt. Pour dressing over orzo and toss well. Add tomatoes, olives, feta, green onion, parsley, mint, tarragon, rosemary, thyme and generous grinding of pepper. Toss well and serve within an hour or so of completion. (8-10 servings)


Mark said...

Hi Joey,
I have always wondered, how often do you cook these recipies yourself as they always sound absolutley fantastic and vey tastey.
As I always like your collages I borrowed the idea for one of my posts, hope you dont mind.

Cheers Mark

Ki said...

Tardas are great little tulips aren't they! I planted a patch of Turkestanica right next to some Tarda which worked out quite well. The Tukestanicas bloom earlier and just as they are fading the Tardas take over. I do like the Turks better because they have multiple flowers on each stalk and the colors are muted and more to my taste. Speaking of which the Steelheads are just wonderful. One of our favorite fish. We recently had Artic char which looks similar but I like the fattier steelhead. Will have to try your recipe.

word verification: zxxanx
Sounds like a mood enhancing drug.

Carol Soules said...

Wonderful tulips... think Ill look those up!
... and splendid sounding recipe too!!

joey said...

I am honored, Mark! We often think alike. I must bloghop over for a visit. My blog is unique using my passion for gardening, photography and seasonal food to tell my story ... a collage works well. (I save my pen for editing my novels and let others like you do well to post what you do best).

Actualy, I prepared the steelhead last evening. I cook (almost) every night and focus on seasonal food and my garden herbs. In fact, we were going to dine out this evening but had leftover fish (and the evening was delightful) so we cracked open wine and my husband grilled fabulous panini sandwiches (brushed with olive oil & cracked pepper, Dijon mustard, sliced plum tomatoes, baby spinach, and leftover steelhead). Those that know me well tease, if ever an emergency, they know where to come. My kitchen is the hub of my home, prepped like an old bistro, and my summer garden filled with edible flowers and herbs. Please pop over if near (everyone else does)!

Hi Ki! These trusty OLD tardas have multiplied. I love to see their cheery faces each spring. (Such a windy day when I shot these so delighted they turned out). Steelheads, Artic char, salmon, and trout are pretty much interchangable in many recipes. If you search salmon at the top of my blog, you will find numerous favorite seasonal recipes. We eat salmon at least once a week so I have tons of recipes, loving them all!

A wildlife gardener said...

I love tulipa tarda and your exquisite photos of them :)

Vodka in a recipe? Sounds interesting :)

Anonymous said...

Joey dear You forgot to add the wasabi paste, mayo and capers I put on my panini to "kick it up a notch"

Love Ya!!!!!
P.S. The word verification below is the toughest I have ever seen!I probably got it wrong.

joey said...

Thank you, Carol ... I do hope your spirts are fine after your loss.

Welcome Wildlife and thank you ... I'm amazed each spring when these lovely tulips return. Yes vodka goes well with citrus as does white wine and vermouth, which can also be used. I often substitute one for the other.

Whoops! Sorry Gourmand ... *Hugs*

Mark said...

Hi Joey,
I'm going to start making my way over right now,it sounds just spot on.
Is their much of a queue and what would be the best

Cheers Mark

joey said...

Actually May is a MUST drop in, Mark. The phone is already ringing as friends ask, "Is it 'May Wine' time?"