Lemon and Garlic Pan Saute Trout with Dill Haricots Verts

Today is my youngest child’s birthday. He turned 14. We had chosen not to celebrate his birthday with a big family dinner since we had 2 family birthday parties this week-end already, and he had marching band rehearsal until 6:45. I really felt bad to postpone his birthday until next Sunday so I wanted to make sure that he would at least eat something he would love. So this morning, i inquired him about his wishes for dinner. Guess what he answered;-)….. “I don’t know” That’s what he said. Well, now I had to figure out what to cook. And I chose to prepare caesar’s salad, spaghetti carbonara and chocolate cake for them…So now that their meal was chosen, all I had to do is figure out my meal. And my answer came when I saw those good looking fresh trout filet at Publix this evening. Yum!!!

I love trout. It is very mild in taste and if prepared properly does not have a fishy taste. I love its meat. It is very fine and delicate. The fish is so thin that it requires very little cooking time. Great advantage when you are trying to fix two dinners at once ( like me). The best part of this fish is that it requires no frills. It is such a good fish, that just flash saute with a little bit of butter and parsley is enough! But what to fix with it… Haricots verts seemed like a great addition!

Ingredients ( for 1 person): 1 trout filet, garlic salt to taste, 1 tbsp of butter, half of a lemon.

Pat dry the trout filet with a paper towel, and sprinkle garlic salt and pepper on either side. Turn your stove to medium high. In a medium sized saucepan, melt the butter and let it sizzle. When the butter is browning, place the trout skin up in the pan. Saute the trout for 1-2 minutes until it goldens. Flip the trout and saute it for 1-2 minutes again until the skin is becoming brown and crispy. Squeeze half of a lemon all over the trout. Lower the temperature to low- medium, and cover the frying pan with a lid. Keep it covered for 1-2 minutes until the trout is cooked through, and the meat has turned to white ( and is no longer pink). Be careful not to overcook.

Lemon and Dill Haricots Verts: 1 bag of haricots verts, 1 tsp of lemon dill demarle herb mix, salt to taste.

While the trout is cooking, place the haricots  verts in the large fleximold, cover with the octogonal silpat and cook for 3 minutes. When the beans are cooked, add 1 tsp of lemon/ dill Demarle herb mix,  1/2 tsp of olive oil, and salt to taste to the beans and mix well.

To serve, place the dill haricots vert on the side of the plate, and place the trout filet on the other side. For decoration, slice very thin slice of lemon and place atop the fish. Not bad for a dinner cooked in less than 5 minutes:-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

A New Popular Dish in France: Tortillas and Fajitas….

I enjoy coming back to France every summer. I love to come here to wander around the streets and look at old buildings, I love to sit at cafes and watch people walk by, and I love to eat French food such as fresh croissants, scrumptious pastries, and French cheeses!!!

Though I love the United States and I consider it now my home, to me,  there are no country in my eyes that equates France.  Yet, over the years I have found that France is rapidly changing, and becoming more and more like America. People are wearing more and more American fashion. More and more American music is being played on radio. More than 75 % of TV shows on French TV are American shows that have been dubbed.  Even traditional French Brasseries, that used to only offer mostly French cuisine, offer American Cuisine. I was so surprised to see Fajitas,  Tortillas and Chicken Nuggets, and hamburgers, and mixed salads on menus. Though I understand that city such as Paris try to cater to the needs and likes of tourists, I found it sad that France is loosing somewhat of its identity by trying to copy the American Culture. Even my sister offer Fajitas for lunch on Saturday because she said that it was “in” and it was easy to make, yet very healthy. The main difference between she and a normal American, is that, she did not just buy all the ingredients, she actually made everything from scratch, even the tortillas. Simply amazing!!!!

Well, those tortillas tasted nothing like the one you buy in a grocery store like I do. They are so easy to make, I thought I would share today this recipe with you.

Ingredients for 4: 2 red bell pepper roasted in oven and peeled and sliced, 2 tomatoes diced thinly, 2 cups of lettuce chopped thinly as well, 1 small can of corn, 1 lb of ground beef, taco seasoning, 2 cups of cheddar cheese or monterrey cheese, 1 small jar of salsa, 6 oz of flour, 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup of water.

You will want to first prepare your bell peppers. You may buy them already roasted and peeled but in the event that you can’t find any. It is quite easy to do. Cut the bell peppers in half, remove the seeds and the inside, and place the bell peppers on a baking sheet skin up. Bake in oven at 375 for 30 minutes until the skin is starting to bubble and burn. Remove the peppers from the oven, and place them in a plastic bag. Let them cool off. Meanwhile prepare your fajitas. In a bowl, mix the flour and the salt, and slowly add the water and mix well. Out of the dough, make a ball that you will cut in 8 pieces. Flour a section of your kitchen counter, and roll each little balls out to make 8 disks of about 9 inches.


Turn up the heat on your stove to medium/ high and cook your fajitas in a frying pan for 1 minute on each side. Do not use grease or fat!!!! Set aside. Remove the bell peppers from the plastic bag, peel the skin, and slice the bell peppers in thin strips. Set aside.

In an another frying pan, melt 1 tsp of butter and when it starts to sizzle, throw in the ground beef. Cook the ground beef until it turns to a brown color. Add 1 Tbsp of taco seasoning and 1 cup of water and bring to boil. Season with salt and pepper if necessary. Place in a bowl.

To serve, place all ingredients in individualized bowls, and let everyone fix their own fajitas.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!!