If you got my borderline culturally insensitive reference to a really bad late-eighties hip hop band's song title, then good for you. If you didn't, trust me, you're really better off for it.
To say I'm busy right now would be a huge understatement, but I'm too busy to think of a more accurate way to put it. As you may know, I just got back from a press trip to Vail and Aspen, and have articles to write for About.com. This weekend is chock-full of SF Chefs. Food. Wine. coverage, and more articles to write, after which I leave Monday for a two-week trip to western New York.
After a couple weeks catching up with family and friends (and eating chicken wings, iceberg lettuce, and garbage plates), I return to San Francisco for just a couple days before driving down to Santa Maria, California for a three-day Tri-Tip expedition (which you will be hearing much more about).
After returning from the land of barbecued beef and pinquito beans, I have only a couple days to catch my breath before flying down to LA to meet my "people," aka Brand New Entertainment, to do some filming on what may be the first step towards becoming the Bret Michaels of unscripted food television.
I will continue to post from the road as much as possible. Of course, as often happens when I travel, I will probably be doing some impromptu video production along the way. So stay tuned for that, and please bear with me on the email/comment replies, or lack there of.
Okay, on to the recipe du jour! This miso-glazed recipe features Barramundi, a mild, flaky white-fleshed fish that you'll probably be seeing more and more due to it's reputation as a sustainable, eco-friendly seafood.
It's showing up in grocery store frozen seafood cases, and chances are you'll run across some soon. If you do, buy it and make this recipe.
By the way, you have to love Wikipedia for finding out where a food's name comes from. According to God knows who, Barramundi is a loanword from a Queenslander Australian language of the Rockhampton area meaning, "large-scaled river fish". Of course it is.
This super-simple recipe uses a miso glaze which is very popular with restaurant chefs, but not a common home cook ingredient. Miso is a traditional Japanese sauce made with rice, soybeans, and sometimes barley, which is fermented with salt and the fungus, Aspergillus oryzae. Sounds good, right? It is, don't be afraid!
This glaze can be used on lots of different fish, so if you can't find Barramundi, any firm white fish fillets will work. I hope you give this a try. Enjoy!
Miso Glaze Ingredients:
2 tbsp yellow miso paste
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
Fish photo (c) Flickr user NeilsPhotography