Since I missed cooking a new recipe the first week of 2013, I had to double up this week. Having conquered plantain cakes earlier in the week, I was in the mood for something Mediterranean so I looked in this cookbook that I bought for Sparky years ago:
I began by cutting my cod in to smallish chunks and then I rolled them in flour. I poured enough olive oil to cover the bottom of my non stick frying pan and I cooked my fish.
While the potatoes cooked I made an unemulsified aioli out of three cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of sea salt, and 7 tablespoons of olive oil. Once again you pound all this stuff up with your mortar and pestle. And if you don't have one and are serious about making good food, go buy a decent sized mortar and pestle, preferably one made of stone. We have a small one made out of marble and it's fine for small jobs but we use our bigger stone one more often.
The verdict: holy shit, this cod stew is fucking outrageously tasty and I will definitely make it again. Seriously, every bite was a party in my mouth. Two things about this recipe though, one, since cod and pine nuts are on the expensive side this dish will be a once in a while thing or a dish I make when we have friends who like fish over for supper, and two, you need to make sure you stir the potatoes as they cook because the nut/panko sauce wants to stick to the bottom of the pot.
I know many of you don't like fish or it's prohibitively expensive so I suggest you use thinly sliced chicken breast or substitute tilapia or some other white non greasy fish for the cod. I wouldn't use salmon because it's too greasy and heavy tasting, it will overwhelm the other ingredients. You can also add red or green chopped chilies if you like to give it a little heat.