I have been travelling a lot recently, and thus have not had a lot of time to cook anything new or to write about it. However, I was very pleased with a recent trip that I took to the west coast.
Aside from being a good business trip, I absolutely fell in love with Seattle. What a great city! Excellent food, great wine, and a plentiful beer selection....what more could you ask for? It helped that I had excellent weather the whole time I was there, but the mixture of big city, water activities, and mountains in the distance (Mount Rainier was visible the whole time), made Seattle one of the more charming cities I have ever been in.
Pike's fish market is wonderful with excellent food and I was so impressed that I just had to try it out for myself. So I brought back some Halibut fillets, Halibut cheeks, and scallops to try to cook up at home.
I will be brief and let you know that it was excellent at home....but not nearly as good as the real thing out in Seattle. I pan seared all the seafood (after applying a light coat of flour) with a little olive oil, garlic, seasonings, butter and lemon juice.
Again, it was all very good and we served everything with garlic bread, roasted potatoes, and salad.
At the end of the day, I learned that Halibut is excellent fish, the cheeks are the best cut of the fish, and Seattle is a great place to spend some time!