11.11.06

Breakfast fit for a Queen...or maybe a King...


We were recently the recipients of some amazingly beautiful Kokanee salmon, a freshwater salmon that is smaller, more tender and lighter in color than the large, traditional, red-fleshed sea-faring salmon that you can get in fish markets and grocery stores. A friend of ours, the highly-talented J., decided to make the transition from omnivore to vegetarian and so, lucky for us, she offered us this gorgeous fish because she knew how much we liked to cook and would enjoy it. THANK YOU, J!!

Last night, we took these little beauties, dredged them lightly in flour, and pan-fried them over medium-high heat in a little olive oil and butter until the skin was crispy and golden brown and the flesh was just-tender. They were incredible. The fish was mild and delicious, more like trout than salmon, and without a hint of fishy-ness. With just a bit of salt and pepper, a squeeze of lime, and a few sliced tendrils of scallion, it was perfect. Next time, I'll lay the lengthwise strips of scallion inside the fish before I cook it to infuse the flesh, but those are the types of things that must be figured out as you go. We had roasted cauliflower with sweet paprika and japanese sweet potatoes on the side and I think that neither of us said a single word during dinner...only murmered mmmmmm.....ohhhh wow...

Even better, however, was breakfast. With the two fish we at last dinner came a third, smaller one that we cooked in the pan alongside them. It was much too small for a dinner serving, but perfect for breakfast the next morning. As I was describing yesterday, LB and I have our Saturday morning rituals. While he is whipping up breakfast, I spend my morning sipping my coffee and watching what can only be considered Food Porn...Tyler's Ultimate. While I'm not sure how I feel about the man himself (he's pretty cheesy sometimes), I'm infatuated with whoever does the filming for his show. I remember the first time I saw the show - LB and I were actually eating lunch at a new restaurant here in town shortly after it had opened, Sweet Basil, and the show was on a television above the bar. I couldn't even concentrate on what LB was talking about (sorry, LB!). The images were so beautiful...close-ups of onions being pefectly diced, Tyler's fingers gently rubbing butter into a flour mixture, gorgeous tomatoes and other perfectly ripe ingredients...I think my jaw stayed open the entire time. Plus, I dig on his kitchen in the show. Needless to say, I've been addicted ever since.

This morning, while I was glued to the tube, visions of fresh green herbs sizzling sauces in my head, LB whipped up a healthy, new take on his Saturday morning breakfast, and he's offered to let me share it with you.

First, melt a bit of butter in the pan until the bubbles begin to subside. Add just a touch of minced garlic (less than half a clove) and let it cook gently for a minute or so to take any bite out of it. For me, because I'm starting to have to watch my cholesterol, he whipped up 3 egg whites with a bit of low-fat milk, salt and pepper (you, of course, could use whole eggs and cream, if you'd like). These went in the pan to mix with the butter and garlic. After the eggs begin to set and you've mixed them gently a few times, add thinly sliced scallion and sprinkle on chopped parsely. Just before the eggs are finished (but not dry), add the fish to warm it through, and you've got breakfast. My eggs came with a slice of store-bought english muffin bread, but if you've got the time and energy, try a thick slice of this homemade English Muffin Better Bread. Ah, another perfect weekend morning...now, back to work!

8 comments from you:

Tanna said...

Wow, I really enjoyed my waffles but you had a heavenly breakfast. So, amazing when you think how simple that really was. That would seem to be just about as perfect as it gets!!!
Gad, really you can't find blue corn meal? Mine this time is Arrowhead Mills. Their link is
http://www.arrowheadmills.com/products/product.php?prod_id=246&cat_id=63
Now I'm wanting to make them again and put my Chilpolte jam on them!
Good Luck.

ilva said...

Send him over here, what I just read has converted me from being a non-breakfast-eater to an aspiring one! But don't forget to send the fish along with him...

Paz said...

Ohhhh! This looks very good! Fresh, healthy and delicious! Definitely breakfast fit for Queens (and Kings).

Paz

Cyndi said...

Kokanee is a great fish - DH calls it "landlocked salmon," and hasn't caught nearly enough of them as he would want. He usually fishes for them in Colorado. I like your breakfast idea - though I can honestly say I've never had fish for breakfast. Good luck with the cholesterol-watching!

Julie said...

Your description of the salmon is making me hungry. How nice to have a friend who gifts you with things like fresh-caught salmon.

michelle said...

Tanna, it was definitely delicious, but I wouldn't mind your tasty waffles either! Especially with some chipoltle jam! Thanks for the link - I'll check that out.

Ilva, Ha ha ha - you know we would never come without gifts of food!!

Paz, if it can be both healthy and delicious at the same time, I'm all over it!

Cyndi, yes it is! I've never had it before (even being from Colorado!) but I would certainly love to have it again. Fish for breakfast is something I grew up with - when we would go camping, we would wake up early and go fishing for trout and then clean the fish and fry them up for breakfast!

Julie, well, I do pick my friends carefully ;)

ilva said...

Michelle-we? I was talking about him!!

michelle said...

Ilva - well, I never! He he he - I'll send him right over, but if I can't come, you're going to have to foot the plane bill!!