The temperatures are warm, balmy even, so if the sun decides to stay hidden behind a cloche of grey…it’s really not the end of the world.
Last week I was feeling spontaneous and signed up for a cooking class at Pacific Culinary Studio in Everett, WA. If you ever get a chance to go to a class (time is running out for the season), you must. The venue is beautiful and comfortable, held in the culinary studio behind the store.
Lindalee McCandlis is co-owner with her husband, Dewey, and they are a fantastic and fun team to learn from. The witty banter, personal tales of travels and shop happenings, will keep you relaxed and feeling like you could kick off your shoes and get cozy.
On the menu that evening, was Prosciutto-wrapped Halibut. It was prepared simply, yet was elegant enough for a special dinner. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some Halibut so I could recreate this at home.
A few days later I found myself surveying a vast supply of all things seafood when I came across a dismal platter of tail-end only filets of Halibut.
A woman approached the counter next to me, someone’s lovely foreign grandmother, I decided, with her nose to the glass peering in at the $19.99/lb. Halibut…tails.
Meanwhile, I ask the nice gentleman behind the counter, is this all the Halibut you have, he says, I don’t know, let me check in back.
Foreign grandmother elbows me and says, I’m not paying $19.99/lb. for the ends, and I, giving a little start, mumbled something in agreeance. Nice gentleman returns with a large pan of beautiful Halibut, locked down under inches of clear plastic wrap. Foreign grandmother elbows me again and says, see, he knew there was more in the back, they were just saving it for the weekend. I say, wow you really know what you’re doing, giggling on the inside at how cute she was. She says, oh, yes, I know what I’m doing. I was reminded of how much I love people two generations older than me.
I learned a lot from foreign grandmother about asking for what you want. This is a hard concept for me to grasp, but it seems to be a theme I’m running into lately. Jump at opportunities, ask for what you want, explain yourself clearly. Challenging ideas for a mom who has been home raising kids for ten years. What opportunities? What do I want? Explain myself (oh, dear).
So the yummy morsels to savor from this small tale are…take a class at Pacific Wine and Kitchen; if things don’t seem right, ask for what you want; and fire up your grill even though you might not get to wear your fancy sunglasses. Oh, and cook this easy recipe:
- Halibut (adjust amount to your budget) (Brine for 10 minutes in water and salt if you like, so it won’t dry out)
- Fresh Rosemary
- Kosher Salt
- Cracked Pepper
- Grill (sans sunglasses)
- Coat Halibut with Olive Oil, S & P
- Break off a sprig of Rosemary and place on top of your Halibut
- Lay out a strip of Prosciutto, place Halibut on top, and roll (it doesn’t have to be perfect. I had my Prosciutto sliced super thin and it worked out great)
- Grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side, let rest with a foil tent while you prepare table and sides
*Grilling note: I have a handy grilling tray with small round holes in it for grilling vegetables or fish. I put the fish on top of this tray, then put the tray on top of the grill. This is to prevent the fish or small veggies falling through. If you don’t have one of these you could poke holes in tin foil and use that as a modified ‘tray’ but the Prosciutto probably won’t get crispy. Halibut is thick and should stand up to cooking directly on the grill.
Thanks to LindaLee for this recipe!