Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A New Wine and Asian Halibut with Forbidden Rice

Saturday I had lunch with 2 of my favorite local bloggers, Kirsten and Christine. After lunch, we went food shopping, of course! One of the things I picked up was some lovely fresh halibut. I knew that I wanted to do something that would showcase the fresh fish, but in a way that I could also use some of the Black Forbidden Rice that I found in San Francisco.
Scott suggested we cook the fish en papillote, which is a fancy way of saying, wrapped in parchment paper packets. I love the moistness that this preparation method gives to fish when grilled. I marinated it for about an hour before we put in the parchment packets. I played around with adding ingredients that would give it an Asian flare. Using such healthy ingredients, I thought it should be called the Antioxidant Asian Halibut.

The black forbidden rice was done in the rice cooker with 2 parts green tea, to 1 part rice.

And now, on to the wine. I have always enjoyed the Rosenblum reds. I love their jammy zin, not to mention their petite syrah! But,I've never paid much attention to their white varietals. A couple of weeks ago, while strolling the aisles of BevMo, I found this bottle. I asked the gentleman that was stocking the shelf behind me what it was. He explained it was a blend of viognier, roussanne and sauvignon blanc. Since I really enjoy viogniers, I was intrigued. I have to admit, before I opened the bottle on Sunday afternoon, I was skeptical. It might be a bit heavy or aromatic for the dinner I had planned. I took one for the team and poured a glass for myself. (The things I do - sacrifices, sacrifices!) It was perfect. Just enough floral undertones to remind you of the viognier, but less heavy - from the addition of the sauvignon blanc. Not only would it match the meal, but hit the spot on this record breaking hot day.
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"Antioxidant Asian Fish"
2 6 oz pieces of fresh halibut, (or mahi mahi, snapper, swordfish, cod, etc.)
1/4 cup brewed green tea
2 Tbsp. orange juice
1 Tbsp. mild white miso
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
2-3 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
1 -2 tsp. finely chopped shallots
black or white sesame seeds - for garnish
chopped cilantro and green onions - for garnish

Marinate the fish in the first 7 ingredients. Put one fillet in each parchment packet and top with some of the marinade. Fold up and grill for approx. 10-15 minutes over medium high heat. (If you prefer not to do en papillote, put in an aluminum foil pan and cover with a piece of aluminum foil, adjust cooking time appropriately.) Garnish with additional sesame seeds, green onion and cilantro.


Anonymous said...

Yum! I haven't cooked "en pappiote" yet so this may be what I do for my leftover halibut. I really like the marinade.

I bought a bottle of viognier at AJ's last week because I'd recently read about it and was curious. I opened the bottle on Sunday afternoon and it was gone in a flash! A very lovely wine...

Kirsten said...

That looks sooo good! Was the rice better this time?

LOVE wines that blend a few varietals. What a great wine, must try! :)

Thanks for posting!