April 20, 2007

I'll Take 'S' words for $100 please Alex. -->That's 'Swords' Mr. Connery, Like Swordfish, Like My Dinner...

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I used to play competitive basketball. Something that I heard from all of my coaches was that our team had to play to the best of our ability regardless of what the other team was doing. This was especially true when going into a game that we knew we should easily win. Sometimes when our opponent was a weaker team we’d find ourselves playing down to their level; our passes would be sloppy, we’d be lazy about bringing the ball up the court, we’d take bad shots and make poor decisions. There was no physical reason for this and we should have been the dominant team. The problem was a mental one. We let the other team affect our view on the game and how we were playing. It was like we lost our abilities simply by being around the weaker players, like they were sucking out our energy.

This past week has been like that. I feel like the people around me have sucked out my energy and part of my brain power while they were at it, (whatever there was to take…). As much as I wanted to write something, each time I sat down at my computer, nothing came out. I would stare at the screen but couldn’t even begin to compose a post. It was the same thing in the kitchen. I wanted nothing more than to cook and bake but I was just drained. Once again, it was more of a mental thing than a physical thing. I hadn’t done anything physically demanding, but I was exhausted. Night after night I couldn’t bring myself to put anything together and post about it too. Half way through the week I managed to make some one-bowl brownies but still haven’t got around to putting them up. Tonight though, just knowing that the weekend is ahead of me gave me the strength to get back in the kitchen. Dinner was grilled swordfish with a chunky pineapple salsa and pasta and then I attempted butterscotch pudding for dessert. The consistency wasn’t right on the pudding so I’ll have to work on that one. The fish on the other hand, was thick, hearty and was enhanced by the salsa. Plus, it was done on the bbq so you know it was good. Perhaps what was even better though was that the weather is currently beautiful and the weekend promises to be equally as nice. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will stay that way and that we might even see some morels pop up.

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Grilled Swordfish with Chunky Pineapple Salsa

1 large swordfish steak, (about an inch thick)

1 lemon, cut into slices

Juice of half a lemon, (use the other half in the salsa)

1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated, (use half in salsa)

A few dashes of soy sauce

Pineapple Salsa

1/3 of a pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks

5 large cherry tomatoes, cut into sixes

A handful of cilantro, chopped

1 tsp liquid honey

Lemon juice

Grated ginger



Dash of paprika

Coat the swordfish with lemon juice, grated ginger and a few dashes of soy sauce. Set aside while you make the salsa. For the salsa, just combine everything in a bowl and mix it up. Heat the bbq and when it’s hot, put the slices of lemon onto the grill, creating a bed for the swordfish and then lay it on top. Flip once, halfway through cooking. Place on a plate when finished and cover with salsa.

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Anne said...

I can relate to what your saying. I too feel that way sometimes but when I read words of encouragement coming from my fellow foodies I feel inspired to continue... cheer up! that's a lovely dish you've got there :)

K & S said...

Hope things get better for you Brilynn! This swordfish dish sounds really tropical and sunny!

Lis said...

Ohh I love swordfish - and pineapples! So does Hubbs, which means I had better make this for him, eh?

Sorry about the butterscotch pudding, but keep trying! It's my favorite in the pudding arena, so to speak. Sounds like a place for buxom blondes to wrestle doesn't it? Anyhoo.. yes keep trying cuz I'm sick of Jello's version. =)

Ed Bruske said...

Since I've taken the pledge with Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I just have to interject that anyone purchasing swordfish first make sure that it is U.S. or Canadian swordfish and not imported swordfish for environmental reasons.

Secondly, swordfish because of its mercury content is not recommended for women or children,. and for men only once a month.

for more info, go here http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_factsheet.aspx?gid=25

and here http://www.oceansalive.org/eat.cfm?subnav=fishpage&fish=145

Margaret said...

I've never eaten swordfish. I am not even sure if we can get it here in the UK. Well, perhaps you can if you live in London, but certainly not where I live. I shall have to look in my book and see what they are like - sorry, but I have to admit I just don't know!

Gattina said...

I have missed your post babe! it's only a temporary brain constipation :) :) (the term we liked to say when I worked at advertising company some years back... ) Actually I'm so amased by your fantastic posts which are always so cheerful, and you write a lot of them!
Oh, what I want to say? I didn't realize you'd eat something NOT sweet :P Hey, this dish and salsa are insanely good! I want more!!!

Ivonne said...

You know, I just don't eat enough swordfish. Thanks for the inspiration!

Helene said...

Hope things get better. I foud that blogging everyday was keeping me away from other things in life and my brain was beginning to freeze. Sentences would always look the same...sometimes you have to take a step away and get out. Breathe in the inspiration!
About the swordfish, the doc. said no right now because I might have a bad reaction. I will definitely try your salsa, sounds fabulous.

Alicia said...

That looks delish!
I've never had swordfish, made swordfish, or until about a month ago- seen it in person.
I'm excited (& let's face it, a bit nervous) to try it, but the price tag has caused me to put it off...
Our lives seem to be on the same wavelength of late, hope things get better for you as well.