Hello everyone! First some delicious food for you and then an update on my broken wrist.
Before summer is official over, I wanted to share a couple of recipes that I prepared and photographed in early July, just before my accident. This delicious Grilled Halibut with Lemon-Caper Wine Sauce and Pasta with Kale and Walnut Pesto are company-worthy recipes but also an easy and delicious meal to make any time you can find halibut available at a reasonable price.
My husband and I were lucky enough to find halibut again in the fish case at our local market just last week. We like to grill fish on the flat side of a cast iron griddle so that we don't loose any fish that flakes apart and falls through the grates. The griddle has saved many a tasty morsel!
I don't know how I first came across the recipe for kale and walnut pesto, but it was probably one the best new recipes I tried this year. My personal twist on the recipe was adding some chopped garlic scapes from the garlic that I grew for the first time this season but you can simply add a clove of regular garlic. Thank you to Monique for the encouragement to grow garlic! I can't believe it will be time to plant garlic again next month! Time to scope out the local garlic sold at the farmers markets, which is the best to use for growing your own garlic.
Before my wrist update, I want to thank everyone for your wonderful comments on my last post when I announced that I had broken my wrist! Also, many thanks for the wonderful emails, cards and care packages! Each and every one meant so much to me.
Today, I am exactly 8 weeks post surgery! My cast came off 2 weeks post surgery and an immobilizer (slash torture device) was made for me to wear. A very stabilizing device, which is removable, but extremely difficult to accomplish. It actually hurt my hand trying to get it off.
At my 6 week post-surgery appointment, I was told that I did not have to wear an immobilizer any longer. My doctor wanted me to start using my hand and wrist and start physical therapy. I've seen my therapist several times already and have been given exercises and stretches to do to regain flexibility of my fingers and wrist. My doctor also said that I could drive again! Being able to get around on my own, even short distances, has done wonders for my mental well-being.
I do get impatient and try to do too much and then I pay the price with more swelling and discomfort. As my doctor said, I'll likely take 2 steps forward and then 1 step back for a while. I can't bear much weight with my left hand yet so I need to be cautious about what I do. I guess I shouldn't have tried doing those wall push ups last week :(
I know it's going to take patience and perseverance with the exercises/stretches to regain strength and mobility in that hand. Hopefully, in the next month, I should see more rapid improvement.
Until next time!
Grilled Halibut with Lemon-Caper Wine SaucePrintable Recipe
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel (use organic, if possible)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil (divided)
2 teaspoons drained capers, coarsely chopped
4 halibut filets, about 6-8 ounces, cut from the thick end for even grilling
Whisk together lemon juice, lemon peel, olive oil, wine and garlic in small bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons fresh basil and capers. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let stand at room temperature until ready to use. Vinaigrette can be made 1 hour in advance.
Pat fish dry with paper toweling and brush about 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette.
Place a cast iron griddle on top of the grill grates with flat side facing up. Heat grill with cover closed to medium-high for about 10-12 minutes. When ready to grill fish, spray griddle with non-stick cooking spray. You may also broil the fish.
Grill (or broil) halibut for about 3-1/2 minutes per side until just barely cooked through (fish will continue to cook after removing from grill. Watch carefully as halibut can become dry when cooked too long. Transfer fish to a platter and tent lightly with foil. Note: If your fish comes with skin attached, grill the skin side first and remove skin with tongs before flipping over to other side, if desired.
Whisk remaining vinaigrette and pour over fish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of basil and serve.
Adapted from Epicurious
Pasta with Kale and Walnut PestoPrintable Recipe
Yield: 1 cup pesto
1/3 cup walnuts
3 cups chopped organic kale, thick stems and veins removed (you could also use arugula)
1 clove of minced garlic – or 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic scape, if available
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (divided)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound of pasta of your choice
½ cup of pasta cooking water, reserved
Toast the walnuts in a preheated 350F degree oven until lightly browned and fragrant – about 5-7 minutes. Cool completely.
In a food processor with steel blade, pulse the walnuts until finely ground.
Add the kale, garlic (or chopped garlic scapes) and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pulse until finely chopped.
Add ½ cup grated Parmesan and pulse to combine.
Slowly pour in the olive oil, pulsing to incorporate. Transfer the pesto to a bowl. This will yield about 1 cup of pesto. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Remove ½ cup of the cooking liquid before draining.
Add cooked pasta to a large bowl and add kale pesto to taste (roughly 1/2 cup per pound of pasta).
Add additional grated Parmesan to taste and enough reserved pasta cooking water to make a creamy sauce.
Adapted from Food Network