Baking is science and I don't like formulas, but cooking is art and anything goes...and the simpler the better. It's all about less time at the stove and more time at the table. With a forty year passion for food I'm excited to share what I do in the kitchen nearly every day.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Poached Cod and Vegetables in a Five Spice Broth

This is the kind of light meal you could eat all the time, and one of the easiest ways to prepare cod or any other firm white fish.  In a bowl mix together 2 cups of fish or chicken stock, a generous splash of soy sauce, a squirt of sesame oil, a tablespoon of sugar, and a teaspoon of five spice powder.  In a large pot with a little vegetable oil saut√© some Chinese vegetables such as carrots, scallions, bok choy, cabbage, or spinach as well as some fresh garlic or ginger until soft, about two minutes.  Add the stock mixture, season a pound of cod with salt and pepper, and once the liquid starts to simmer lay the filets on top of the veggies and cover.  Immediately turn down the heat and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.  It’s a great dish served in a bowl on its own or over rice or noodles. 

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