Monday, October 30, 2017

Passing Down Lessons


This next one comes straight from the heart, a grandfather's heart to his teenage granddaughter. Jacque Pepin, who wrote the cookbook, A Grandfather's Lessons' stopped by Tonia's Kitchen, to talk about how this cookbook can inspire generations to work together and create something delicious! Jacque told Tonia about the joys of working in the kitchen with his granddaughter, and how their different styles converged.  One recipe in the book, a simple, yet elegant Arctic fish char, that combines fresh salmon (skin on) with an easy to make fresh tomato puree. It's recipe both he and his granddaughter worked on together, and one you might want to try with your family.


1 ripe tomato (about 6 ounces), stem and core removed, cut into 1-inch pieces
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1½ tablespoons best-possible olive oil


1 Arctic char fillet (about 12 ounces and ¾ inch thick at the thick end)
1 teaspoon olive oil teaspoon salt

For the sauce: Place the tomato pieces in a blender and process for 15 to 20 seconds, until well pureed. Add the salt, pepper, and oil, and process for another 10 seconds. Set aside.
At cooking time, cut the fillet into 2 pieces. Rub the skin with the oil and sprinkle with the salt. Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over high heat for about 1 minute. Place the fish pieces skin side down in the skillet, cover, and cook over high heat for about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and continue cooking the char in the residual heat for about 1 minute.
Meanwhile, heat the sauce in the microwave until warm, about
1 minute. Divide it between two dinner plates, and place the fish skin side up in the sauce. Serve immediately.