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Tilapia ‘Stuffed’ with Asparagus and Onions served with Haricot Verts and Beet Salad July 15, 2013

tilapiaSo for health reasons and at the urging of my doctor I now have to avoid eating Gluten. Not good for someone who loves pasta and bread like I do. But I have been focusing on making delicious dishes that do not make me miss the gluten ridden items I had once enjoyed and devoured. This easy dish of fresh Tilapia and vegetables is delicious. Make sure you make extra as once you eat your first portion you are going to want seconds. Yes, its that good.

I had frozen asparagus spears on hand that I had picked up at Trader Joe’s. I pulled out the amount I needed and stored the rest of the bag back in the freezer. Its so convenient. I also had purchased beets that were roasted, peeled and ready to eat. Which saves time when whipping up the dish. The whole cooking time takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. While the fish was in the oven I made the salad. I had gotten Haricot Verts but green beans would work out just as well in the salad.

My recipe is for two as it was just my fiancee and myself, but the recipe could easily be doubled. Plus its a great dish to impress company. Here’s the recipe for the Tilapia and following that is the recipe for the delicious Haricot Verts and Beet salad I made to go along with it. I served mine with rice as well but it could be served with potatoes or just with the fish and salad.

Tilapia ‘Stuffed’ With Asparagus and Onions

Ingredients:

2 Tilapia Filets, about 6-8 ounces each

10 Spears of Asparagus, trimmed

1/2 White Onion, sliced

4 Slices of Lemon

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Teaspoon of Pepper

1 Teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning

1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder

Direction:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together in a small bowl the salt, pepper, Old Bay Seasoning and garlic powder. Next take the Tilapia filets and sprinkle both sides of each of the filets with the seasoning mix. Lay the filets on a foil lined baking sheet.

If you are using frozen asparagus place in a microwave safe dish and add 1/4 cup of water. Cover and microwave on high for 2 and half minutes. Drain the liquid from the dish. Do not be worried if the asparagus pieces do not seemed fully cook after microwaving as we will be putting them in the oven. If you are using fresh asparagus you can of course skip this step.

Place 5 pieces of asparagus on one end of each of the Tilapia filets. Next place half of the sliced onions over the asparagus. Starting from the end which the asparagus and onions are on and roll each of the filets up. Mine did not quite want to stay together after I rolled them so I flipped them over so the two ends that were touched were underneath. They stayed and cooked together perfectly.

Finally place two slices of lemon on top of each filet. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Then because I wanted my lemons to get a slight char on it, I turned the broiler on for 4 minutes.

Take out the filets and serve immediately while they are still hot from the oven. Serve with the haricot verts and beet salad along with rice or another choice of side for a delicious dish.

Haricot Verts and Beet Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 pound of Haricot Verts, trimmed

1 Roasted and Peeled Beet, diced

1/2 White Onion, diced

3 Cloves of Garlic, sliced

1/4 Cup of Red Wine Vinegar

1/4 Cup of Balsamic Vinegar

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Teaspoon of Pepper

1/2 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes (if you don’t like or are sensitive to spice, can be omitted)

Directions:

Boil 4 cups of water in a small saucepan. Once boiling add the Haricot Verts and cook for 4 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl.

Mix together the red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes in a small bowl and then pour over the Haricot Verts. Mix thoroughly. Add the beets and onions to the bowl. Mix again to make sure that all the ingredients are combined. Now it is ready to serve.

 

My Top 5 Weekly Round Up of Articles I Enjoyed This Past Week April 7, 2013

newspaperSo I try and read a lot of articles from many different sources and on a wide range of topics. Since this is a food blog I’ve decided to include my top 5 that I enjoyed or caught my attention from the past week. Check them out and let me know what you think. The articles that I’ve listed below are in no particular order.

Here’s one that I thoroughly enjoyed from the greatist.com. I have been trying to be conscious myself and to incorporate more vegetarian dishes into my weekly diet. Now that the weather is warming up I cannot wait to taste all the fresh fruit and veggies that will be available at my local farmer’s market. The reason why I like this article is that not only does it talk about different types of alternative proteins but it gives a description of each, storage tips and preparation methods. But one thing that really sold me on the article was all the recipes that were linked to the article for each of the proteins mentioned. Now I am familiar with almost all of the proteins but was unfamiliar to Natto until reading this article. Natto is derived from fermented soybeans and I am going to be looking for it on my next trip to the Asian market by my house. Make sure to check out this article as it will inspire you to try some meat alternative proteins.

http://greatist.com/health/7-alternative-proteins-meatless-mondays/

Now the next article that I enjoyed this week comes from saveur.com and  has to do with a martini. The ‘St. Dill Martini’ to be exact. Now I love extra dirty martinis on occasion. They are my favorite thing to treat myself to one when out for a drink with friends. Now when I stumbled across this article I was thoroughly delighted at the prospect of having a new martini to try. Not to mention I love pickles and dill. The recipe ingredients contain vodka, mustard seeds, a fresh sprig of dill, pickle juice and speared kosher dill pickle. That all together sounds interesting and delicious in my opinion. I am going to be making this drink this upcoming weekend. Make sure to check this one out.

http://www.saveur.com/article/Wine-and-Drink/Friday-Cocktails-St-Dill-Martini

This articles comes from bonappetit.com. It make me chuckle at the way it was written but also slightly jealous at the jobs that not only these people left but now the cool jobs that they have obtained at different publications relating to very specific food topics. Maybe I need to become the go to person on a very specific area of the food world. Hmmm…..Well anyways I also liked this article as it talks about New York Systems that is an institution here in Rhode Island. They have two locations one in Olneyville and the other location is around the corner from my apartment on Smith Street in Providence, RI. I have gone once or twice for a late night fix. Check out the article and maybe you didn’t realize that you may be able to parlay your life of a specific type/area of food into a job.

http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2013/03/barbecue-editor-texas-monthly.html

Dry age beef. Most of us have at it at some point and I have personally enjoyed it. Now when I see that dry aged beef at the meat counter at my local grocery store I am always tempted to buy it but cannot justify the cost. This particular article comes from www.seriouseats.com and talks about dry age beef in general, what the process is and how it affects the meat. Finally it talks about how to do this process at home and give very specific instructions and pictures. This article intrigued me and I don’t know if I have the proper setup, time or local butcher to provide me with the cuts of beef needed, but now I am tempted to try to dry age beef at home. Check out this article. Has anyone tried to dry age beef at home with success like this article indicates you will if you follow the instructions?

http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/03/the-food-lab-complete-guide-to-dry-aging-beef-at-home.html?ref=pop_serious_eats

The final article that I enjoyed this week comes from a fellow food blogger, http://cookingstoned.tv/.  I saw the title of the recipe in this article ‘Chocolate & Balsamic Roasted Beets’ and was immediately intrigued. The recipe sounds delicious and I cannot wait to personally try it this upcoming week. I had never thought of combining beets, balsamic vinegar and chocolate. Now I like the nice, clear and easy instructions in the article for making the recipe, but what makes it one of my favorites is that the author of the blog, Jerry James Stone, includes a video of himself making the recipe. I found the video great. I am now a fan of his blog and will be perusing the rest of it and wanted to make sure that I shared this gem with others. Make sure that you check out this recipe and the rest of this great blog.

http://cookingstoned.tv/recipe/chocolate-balsamic-roasted-beets/

 

Julian’s Restaurant Review April 6, 2013

juliansSo recently my friend Erin and I finally ventured to Julians for brunch. I have been wanting to check this place out for quite some time now, but every time we tried to go the wait was extremely long. I know, I know the sign of a really good restaurant, however I am not a patient person and if I can avoid having to wait I will.

On the recent visit though, we got there a about 10 minutes before they opened on a Saturday morning at 9am. There was a line waiting at the door but we only had to wait about 15 minutes in total and then we were seated at one of the two tops in the back. Which was great for people watching as well as enjoying our food. Our server promptly came over and brought us glasses of water and asked if we had a chance to look at the specials menu on the blackboard. We hadn’t yet, but I’ll get to that in a minute. We ordered a pitcher of mimosas since that was the only option the menu had for pitchers.

Now the specials menu is written on a two blackboards on a wall right next to the bar. They had some very interesting specials on it and it ranged from appetizers, breakfast items and lunch ones. Since it was our first time there we decided to make our choices off of their regular menu. While perusing the menu the pitcher of mimosas arrived. It was the perfect balance of orange juice and champagne, not too acidic and just the right amount of sweetness.

I decided on the ‘Yo Yo Yo Ma’ omelet. Yes, I know the name made me chuckle when I saw it. Now this item was described as pan omelet containing curry braised ham, roasted beets, miso daikon, chives and plum ginger glaze. The item sold me on the roasted beets and the plum ginger glaze as I had never thought or imagined those things combined in an omelet. The omelet came with home fries and a choice of toast. I chose wheat toast. My friend Erin chose ‘Da Buccanneer’ omelet. This omelet was described on the menu as containing smoked salmon, boursin, red onions and capers. That omelet sounded interesting to me as well as smoked salmon and boursin cheese sounded like a great combination.

Even though the restaurant was now full and people were standing waiting for tables to open up, our food came over promptly. Now let me just say that the omelet that came over was medium-sized and the smell from the plum ginger glaze that was on the top of the omelet was strong, but smelled delicious. I cut my omelet into bite sized pieces and dove right in. The first taste that hit your mouth was the taste ginger plum glaze since that was on top of the omelet, it was sweet but not too sweet. Next was the taste of the fluffy eggs, then the slight spice of the curried ham pieces. Finally the slight sweetness of the roasted beets came in to round out the dish. The combination of all of this together was delicious. It seemed to take very different ingredients from the description but they all came together perfectly. I would definitely get this omelet again and would recommend it to anyone else. The home fries were good, but nothing outstanding. I think they were overshadowed by how amazing the omelet was.

Now I did try a bite of my friend Erin’s omelet as well. It was delicious as well. I was right in my thinking that the smoked salmon and the boursin cheese were a great combination. I had been slight apprehensive before thinking that the addition of capers and smoked salmon to an omelet would make it overtly salty, but I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t. All the flavors came together in this omelet as well to make it a rich and satisfying dish.

Would I go back to Julian’s? Yes, yes I would. I would also recommend it anyone else wanting to go to a great place for brunch. I am looking forward to not only going back for brunch again but also going one night for dinner as well. Julian’s is one of the few restaurants in Providence, RI that not only has specials each but they make it a point to offer multiple vegan choices as well. So if you are a vegan or looking to go out to eat with a vegan and not sure where to go, I would recommend Julians.

Have you been to Julians? If so, what was your experience like? Do you have a favorite item off of their menu like I now do?

Here’s the restaurant info. Julians is located at 318 Broadway, Providence, RI. There is plenty of street parking. Julian’s does brunch Monday through Friday from 9am-4:30pm and dinner every night from 5pm-11pm. Brunch is served on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9am-2pm. The bar is open until 1am. I would recommend that if you are going to brunch on a weekend or holiday to make sure you get there right at 9am as it gets crowded fast or expect to wait. There is also additional outside seating in front of the restaurant when the weather gets warmer.

Here’s their website address, juliansprovidence.com. Go on over and check them out and plan your visit to this great restaurant soon.

 
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