Quick and easy – Lavender cod with grilled fennel and potato salad, roasted tomato
Rapide et facile – Cabillaud au sel de lavande, salade de fenouil et pommes de terre grillées, tomate rôtie
I had a very little time for lunch yesterday since I had a doctor’s appointment early in the afternoon. I currently have no car, looking to buy one, so public transportation here I come…
I evaluated it would take me over one hour to get to the doctor, since I had to make a connection. I don’t know if any of you have ever taken public transportation in San Francisco, but some Muni lines are nice and clean and some others are packed, loud, people yelling, insulting one another and dirty…unfortunately I had to take that one. At that point, I wished I had a car…I think something should be done to improve the public transportation system and the quality of the streets. Better public transportation would help the environment and decrease the traffic.
Before my trip to hell, I found the perfect fast food plate. Honestly, this is fast food. It took me less than 30 minutes to put it all together and perfectly flavored and balanced. I like fresh herbs, and food that doesn’t cook for hours soaked in heavy sauces. I love fresh crisp flavors, and this fish dish fits that category. There are few simple ingredients such as lemon juice, herbs, etc…nothing too complex, so nothing overpowering to confuse your palate.
This dish smells and tastes comme la Provence with the fennel and lavender. This is perfect for one of those days when you don’t have too much time too spend in the kitchen but still want to eat a decent healthy meal.
Ingredients for 2
For the cod
- 2 cod fillets
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbs olive oil
- lavender salt
For the vegetables
- 2 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- 3 potatoes, sliced crosswise
- 1 heirloom tomato, cut in half
- 1/4 tsp cumin powder
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 tbs parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tbs mint, finely chopped
- one pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cider vinegar
- 1 tbs olive oil + 1
- salt and pepper
- Fleur de sel for the tomato
First prepare the potatoes. Drizzle them with salt, pepper, olive oil and cider vinegar. Place in the oven and broil on both sides until golden brown and cooked all the way through. While potatoes are cooking, grill the fennel on a grill pan. Add fennel to the potatoes.
Drizzle cod with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Broil on both sides until cooked all the way through.
Grill tomatoes on grill pan.
In a small mixing bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, mint, cumin powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Pour on top of fennel, potato mixture and toss.
Add lavender salt on top of cod, drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil.
Add Fleur de sel and pepper on top of tomato halves and a little olive oil.
Serve each item in a plate.
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I hope Santa listens and a car is in your future. I have ridden the bus before so can sympathize.Riding the bus also lengthens your commuting time so these quick and tasty meals will come in handy!!!
hope you get a car soon. I grew up in SF and took the muni everywhere and never learned to drive until I moved to LA. It’s been a long time since I was on SF public transportation..guess it’s gone downhill. This dish sounds interesting since I love lavender and always have some for cooking in my larder. I’ll have to try this, never thought of using it with fish.
What a delicious plate. Looks fantastic.
wow an hour and to go to the doctor, thats depressing! But your meal is outstanding and as beautiful as ever, I certainly hope he found you well, and you are ok….wonderful meal you have made as usual!
ooo, that looks delicious! sorry the trains here are no good it was such a pleasure taking the trains in Germany a few years ago. nothing like the ones here.
I can’t live withart eating fish. Indispensable…
This looks absolutely gorgeous. And I am sorry about your transport nightmare, I have been there, believe me – unfortunately I think you have to improve the quality of human beings in general along with public transport – people are very rude!
What a beautiful, light fish dish! You’ve managed to pack a quick, easy dish with plenty of flavor. I hope a new car becomes a reality soon!
As a woman who actually owns a saltbox with 10 drawers of salt… what is lavender salt???? I’ve never heard of it. Is it the color or the taste? The recipe sounds great… glad I found your blog!
It’s sea salt infused with lavender and lavender oil, delicious on grilled vegetable, grilled meat or fish!
i love cod in almost all it’s presentations; and also love fennel although I do not cook much with it. Thanks for the recipes, it’s giving me more motivations to use fennel in my cooking
I hope you get a car soon. It can be quite difficult going ard without one. And this is a lovely quick and easy dish. I must make some lavender salt myself.
If I knew you better, and if you cooked that wonderful lavender cod for me on a regular basis — I may just buy you a car.
Happy ‘American’ holidays
Wonderful! Thank for such a beautifully flavourful recipe