Fish lends itself to grilling. Grilling fish over direct heat not only cooks it quickly but also prevents it from drying out.
There are two main problems with grilling fish but with a little practice, you can overcome them quite easily. The first is keeping it from sticking. A clean grill oiled right before you put the fish on and brushing the fish with olive oil helps prevent the fish from sticking. Some people like to use a fish basket when grilling fish. They do help considerably.
The second difficulty is knowing when the fish is done. Fish will appear a little translucent before it is cooked. You will know when a fish is cooked as it becomes opaque all the way through and will flake quite easily. If any part of the fish is glossy, it still has a little longer to cook.
One of my favorite fish to cook is halibut. It is firmer than most other fish and stands up to grilling very well. It is also a good fish to start with when first grilling fish.
Lemon Rosemary Marinated Grilled Halibut
2 5 ounce Halibut steaks 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Juice from one lemon 3 tablespoons dry white wine 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary leaves Kosher salt Fresh ground pepper
Heat grill to medium heat. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, wine, and rosemary together in a small, shallow dish. Add the halibut and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for an hour.
Preheat the grill.
Remove fish from marinade and season with salt and pepper. Place on grill. Cook for three to five minutes on one side. Flip and grill on other side for two to three minutes or until the fish turns opaque throughout and flakes easily.
It has been an unusual spring. There were two or three times where I was convinced that 'stew weather' was past and I'd rush to heat up the BBQ only to be shocked by the sight of snow falling. I made this recipe on one of those days.
This stew is a little easier than most because the majority of the cooking time is in the oven where you do not need to bother with it. I like recipes like this - a bit of fuss at the beginning but then you can forget about it.
This sweet potato beef stew is a healthy twist on a classic cold weather dish. Serve this up with bread to make sure you get all the delicious sauce!
Beef and Sweet Potato Stew
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided 1-1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck steak, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 medium onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth 1/3 cup dry red wine or additional reduced-sodium beef broth 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon pepper 3 tablespoons cornstarch 3 tablespoons cold water 1-1/4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), cut into 1-inch cubes 1 pound baby portobello mushrooms, halved 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices 2 medium parsnips, cut into 1/2-inch slices 1 medium turnip, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
Preheat oven to 325°. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Brown beef in batches. Remove with a slotted spoon.
Add remaining oil to pan. Add onions; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth and wine, stirring to remove browned bits from pan. Stir in thyme, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Return beef to pan; bring to a boil. Bake, covered, 1-1/4 hours.
In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Add sweet potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, parsnips and turnip to pan. Bake, covered, 45-60 minutes longer or until beef and vegetables are tender. If desired, strain cooking juices; skim fat. Return cooking juices to Dutch oven. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
If you see a history of May Day in the newspapers this year, it is most likely to recount the mystical, medieval origins of a pagan fertility festival. And though you may never have seen a maypole in your life, you will be assured that a ribboned piece of birchwood is the sign and sanction of May Day.
Yet this has little to do with the reason that 1 May is celebrated in Britain, or why it is an international holiday, or why the Occupy movement is planning "global disruption" today. May Day is international workers day. As such, it is – in the words of Eric Hobsbawm – "the only unquestionable dent made by a secular movement in the Christian or any other official calendar". And its past is more rowdy than is suggested by the imagery of Morris dancers serenely waving hankies and bells around.
he origin of our present holiday lies in the fight for an eight-hour working day, in which cause the leaders of the socialist Second International called for an international day of protest to be held at the beginning of May 1890. They did so just as the American Federation of Labour was planning its own demonstration on the same date. The UK protest actually took place on a Sunday, and in London alone attracted 300,000 protesters to Hyde Park.
Initially, May Day was intended to be a one-off protest, and in some ways quite a solemn affair. But it persisted amid a flourishing of trade unionism. The symbolism of the workers' Easter, of rebirth and renewal, dramatized this experience of revival. And it developed a carnivalesque aspect. May Day did not merely enact internationalism and working class solidarity; it celebrated these things with the familiar paraphernalia of badges, flags, art, sporting events and heavy drinking.
The leaderships of Europe's growing socialist parties were often worried by the threat of repression coming from governments and businesses, and attempted to avoid excessively confrontational demonstrations. But such domesticating tendencies were counteracted by the severity of the social crisis sweeping Europe and the upheavals it produced. Even during the first world war, when protest was punishable by imprisonment and hard labour, May Day demonstrations were often flashpoints of anti-war struggle. It was at such a rally that Karl Liebnecht denounced the war before 10,000 striking workers at the Potsdamer Platz on 1st May 1916. In Britain, following the arrest of the Scottish socialist John MacLean for sedition in 1918, Glasgow workers embarked on a mass May Day strike and protest.
European governments alternately preferred repression or co-option of May Day after the first world war. The traditional parties of the right tended to prefer repression, or the threat of repression. For them, regarding the jubilant May Days in revolutionary Russia with unease, the whole thing stank of treason. Fascist parties had a more ambivalent attitude, largely because unlike the traditional right they needed the support of a layer of workers. The Third Reich declared 1 May a "national workers' day" in 1933. But the original meaning of May Day reappeared at the darkest moments of the Nazi era, as when it was celebrated in the Warsaw ghetto which launched an uprising against the regime. Fascist Italy abolished May Day, expunging the radical working class traditions it embodied, but it also introduced a labour holiday on 21 April. Franco, who arguably waged the most vicious military struggle against the left in Spain, and who wiped out 200,000 in executions and concentration camps in the five years after his victory, simply outlawed May Day. It was not celebrated again until his downfall in 1975.
In the postwar period, May Day was generally tolerated and in some cases even recognized as a public holiday. In the UK, 1 May was made a bank holiday by the Labour government in 1978. In some cases, this was part of a process in which organized labour was co-opted, resulting in the holiday becoming an observed ritual and little more. But it continued to inspire astonishing upheavals – May Day protests played a significant role in the Portuguese revolution of 1974, as well as in the uprisings against apartheid in the 1980s. And even in less dramatic circumstances, it assumed greater importance during periods of turbulence, such as during the miners' strike.
It is no secret that I often experience things on mt daily commute which annoy the heck out of me! I clearly am not alone. GO has launched a ad campaign designed to educate people about being a civilized commuter . . .
Prince Edward County AKA 'the County' is an up and coming wine region about 2.5 hours to the east of us. In addition to wine it is known for the farm to table food movement, art galleries, and a beautiful bucolic ambiance. After I got my new job at work we decided to celebrate with a weekend away. . . well Sunday - Tuesday away. I had last been in the county in 2011 and we were curious to see the new developments.
During the course of 48 hours we visited 8 wineries, a brewery, 2 cheese makers, 5 art galleries/studios, wandered around 2 small towns, hiked a bit of the millennial trail, and ate some amazing meals.
We left the county this afternoon with a car full of wine, beer, and treats, wondering why the heck it had take us so long to return.
We left the snow behind and headed to California for a long weekend of fun. We shoppedm toured wineries, tasted olive oil, met up with good friends, and ate some wonderful food. I can't wait for slow bowl 2009.