Monday, May 8, 2017

Lunch at The Fearrington Granary in Pittsboro NC

Several weeks ago Cindy and I found ourselves on an adventure.  We were at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro NC.  I love that place.  If you go you will find quaint little shops, a bookstore, a spa, several places to eat, and of course the belted cows.
We were visiting  Fearrington Village for the Folk Arts Festival.  After enjoying some of the artsy items and exploring the shops we decided it was time for lunch.  After checking our options we selected The Granary.
Here is quote from their website...
"Offering a casual dining setting, The Fearrington Granary serves up lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Whether you’re grabbing dinner with friends or celebrating a special event, make every meal a treat."

  (They have a full bar and of course a wine list:-)
Quote from their site....
“The Granary is a neighborhood gathering place,” says Chef Colin Bedford, who designs and updates the menu seasonally. “The Granary’s menu is full of comfort food and Southern classics with English influence.”
Yummy muffins...
I ordered the Chicken and Dumplings.  Rich and delicious...
I was trying to remember what Cindy ordered.  I think this is the Pork Schnitzel.  I like the cute little pickles on top:-)
And of course don't forget the wine.....

If you find yourself in Pittsboro NC and you want a nice place to visit and grab a bite to eat I suggest you check out Fearrington Village.  For good food and atmosphere go to the won't be disappointed.
Happy Eating and Exploring!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New England Style Fish Cakes from Home Chef

New England Style Fish Cakes with Romaine and Tomato Salad
from Home Chef
I gathered my ingredients... (Recipe as found on Home Chef)
  • In The Box

  • 2 Tilapia Fillets
  • 1 Lemon
  • 4 Parsley Sprigs
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • 1 Romaine Heart
  • ½ cups Panko Breadcrumbs 
  • 1½ oz. Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1½ fl. oz. Poppyseed Dressing
  • In Your Kitchen

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • 1 Large Non-Stick Pan

    Before Cooking

Roast the Fish

Rinse tilapia fillets, pat dry, and season both sides with ¼ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper. Place tilapia on prepared baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tsp. olive oil, and roast until fish reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven, carefully transfer to a plate, and allow to cool 5-10 minutes. While fish cooks, prepare ingredients.

Prepare the Ingredients

Halve lemon lengthwise. Cut one half into two wedges and juice other half. Stem and mince parsley. Halve and peel shallot. Slice half the shallot into thin strips and finely dice other half. Core Roma tomato and cut into ½" dice. Hold romaine head at root end and chop coarsely.

Prepare the Fish Cakes

Once tilapia has cooled, shred lightly with two forks or your hands. Add panko breadcrumbsmayonnaisehalf the Old Bay seasoning (reserve remaining for garnish), 2 tsp. finely diced shallothalf the parsley (reserve remaining for garnish), 2 tsp. lemon juice, and a pinch of pepper to a medium mixing bowl. Add shredded tilapia and mix until combined and able to be formed into cakes.

Cook the Fish Cakes

Form tilapia mixture into four evenly-sized fish cakes, about 4" in diameter. Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add fish cakes to hot pan. If necessary, cook in batches to avoid crowding pan.Cook until browned and warm throughout, 3-4 minutes per side. Remove cakes from heat and set aside. Repeat with remaining cakes as needed.

Toss the Salad

Toss together romainetomatosliced shallot (to taste), and poppyseed dressing in a medium mixing bowl.

Plate the Dish

Place a serving of salad on a plate. Add two fish cakes to plate. Garnish with remaining parsley, remaining Old Bay seasoning (to taste), and serve with a lemon wedge.

I love receiving recipes from Home Chef.  It is always an adventure in cooking.
I would rate this meal 9/10 on my cooking scale.  
I loved the Poppy Seed Dressing from Pepper Mill.  I need to find out where to buy it.
Happy Cooking Everyone!
Check out how to dice shallots at...How to dice a shallot

How to: Dice a shallot or onion as found on Youtube

First off what is a shallot?  It is a type of an onion according to Wikipedia.

One thing you will learn on the video is how to de-germ your shallot.
They will show what parts of the shallot to remove that are the culprits in causing bad breath.

Happy Cooking Everyone:-)