A Daily Dinner: Butter-Poached Cod
Yesterday, as you might already know, would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday. We’ve written about Julia before and I have fond memories of watching her show along with my grandmother when I was a child, so it only seemed fitting to cook a meal that Julia would have eaten.
You know what that means. Butter. And lots of it.
Of course, all chefs like butter so it wasn’t hard to find a recipe that seemed fitting. Luckily for us, our friends Max and Eli just released their second cookbook, This is a Cookbook: Recipes for Real Life, and I was excited to give one of their recipes a try.
Their butter-poached cod (poached in a full pound of butter!) with herb salad was a perfect homage, and like all of the recipes in their book, it was incredibly easy. After poaching the beautiful cod fillets in a huge block of melted butter for about 15 minutes, we served them with a light herb salad of tarragon, mint and Italian parsley, dressed in lemon and oil.
I had picked up some carrots earlier in the day, so I broke out my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking to find a recipe for them. Julia’s carottes glacées—carrots slowly boiled with butter and sugar—were so tender and decadent that they almost seemed like dessert. I have to admit that Ryan and I fought over who got the eat the last one!
I hope that Julia would have been proud of our meal honoring her—fresh food, classical (but simple) technique, and big flavor. That’s what it’s all about, right?
P.S. We might be a little biased, but we can’t recommend Max and Eli’s book enough. Targeted at 20-somethings who might order take-out in lieu of cooking, it is full of easy recipes and techniques that anyone can learn. You can pre-order it on Amazon, or if you can’t wait, Williams-Sonoma has the books available now both in store and on-line.