Thursday, October 8, 2009

Of Fishing, Food and more...

This last weekend, we had a good friend and his brother visit Tybee Island. Daniel and Joel actually have been friends for a good bit longer than I have known Daniel. I met both of them at the same time in Fort Worth 24 years ago!

We got to spend a lot of time with them last weekend and had the best time chatting, sightseeing and eating some great food! On one of the days the three guys went fishing and had some great success (as well as a lot of fun!).
As a result, our freezer is filled with many pounds of the freshest trout fillets. And yesterday, we found a wonderful Moroccan recipe, which even used some of the preserved lemons I wrote about here.
It's so easy, I thought I'd share it with you:

Skate with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives (from Arabesque)
(This calls for skate, but it's delicious with any white fish fillet)
Serves 4

4 TS extra virgin olive oil (I used Moroccan olive oil - delicious!)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
a pinch of each ground ginger, ground cumin and ground chili pepper
about 2 pounds fish fillets, skinned
juice of 1 lemon
peel of 1 preserved lemon, chopped
8 to 12 large green olives, pitted and chopped
2 TS chopped flat-leaf parsley or coriander
To serve: 1 lemon, cut into quarters

Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet and add garlic, ginger, cumin and chili pepper just before adding the fish fillets. Sprinkle lightly with salt and cook over low heat for 4 minutes, then turn over, add the lemon juice, and cook for another 4 minutes, or until fillets are done.

Add the preserved lemon peel, green olives, and chopped parsley or coriander and let them heat through in the oil and juices. Serve with the lemon wedges.

This morning, I felt inspired to decorate our dining room table with fall colors. Decorating does not come easily to me, so I always really love it when something comes together and looks pleasing to me.
I love all the little pieces (they all have special meanings) and the flowers and peppers mixed in.
I hope you are all having a wonderful autumn day!

P.S. I haven't had time to touch my paints in a few days, but am itching to create something very soon! I'll keep you posted!


  1. Having you hubby's old men friends come to town is a wonderful why to get to know your hubby I an even better way!!

  2. OH MY GOODNESS! Everything looks so beautiful! You are definitely having fun and enjoying life! Oh Silke, I know I have only known you for a short period of time but I love your art, your personality and I appreciate your friendship. I have an award for you over at my blog.

  3. Your fish recipe sounds and looks delicious but I'm afraid I'm not enough of a cook to ever make the lemon preserves. I'll just have to take your word that it taste as good as I imagine.

  4. I'm going to have to save this recipe - it looks delicious!!

  5. I like your colorful autumn decorations, especially those little leaf plates -- very cute!

  6. I'm always looking for new good ways to cook fish! Thanks!
    Decorating for fall is so cozy isn't it? Love what you've done!
    Have a wonderful weekend silke :)

  7. oh wow Silke!!! these photos are wonderful and that feast ....yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!!


  8. I must try that recipe and your colors and textures in the tablescape are wonderful! I enjoy your postings.