Atlantic Cod or Gadus Morhua, again for you science nerds, is an extremely popular food item. Cod has an opaque, flaky flesh with a mild flavor. It is a generally versatile fish used in scores of kitchen applications. The British use it for fish and chips. My dish is roasted cod with jasmine rice in a vegetable broth.
For the broth – All Vegetables small dice – 1 large white onion, 1 leek (white and light green parts only), 3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, 2 shallots, 2 small malangas, 5 ounces of bacon. 1 satchel – black peppercorns, rosemary. 2 tbs poultry seasoning.
Heat ¼ inch of safflower oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add the bacon cook till lightly browned. Add the onion, leek, carrot, celery, shallots, and malanga. Cook for 5 minutes. Add enough water to cover the vegetables. Add the satchel and poultry seasoning. Lightly tent the pot with aluminum foil. Cook for 50 minutes. Remove the satchel and discard. Puree in a blender. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Season with sea salt to taste. Broth done.
For the Jasmine rice – 1 cup rice, 1 cup water, ½ cup white wine, sea salt, white pepper.
In a small saucepan bring the water and wine to a boil. Add the rice and seasoning. Lightly tent with aluminum foil. Cook for 15 minutes.
For the fish – 8 oz cod, finely grated carrot, finely minced chervil, finely minced oregano. Remove the fish from the refrigerator 15 minutes before cooking. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
Place the fish in an ovenproof dish. Lightly coat the fish with olive oil. Make a line of carrots, then a line of oregano and chervil mix, and a line of carrots. Roast fish in the oven for 8 minutes.
To test the doneness of the fish insert a metal skewer into the thickest part. Place the skewer to your wrist. If the skewer is cold – the fish is raw. If the skewer is warm – the fish is perfectly cooked. If the skewer is hot – the fish is overcooked throw it away.
It is important to coordinate the cooking of these items to plate at once together. You really don’t want to have anything sitting around.
Enjoy this wonderful delicate dish…it takes a few steps but well worth the trouble in the end.
That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!