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Nuts - Macadamia Nut Crusted Fish Recipe

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I was scouring the fridge and freezer this morning as I developed the weekend shopping list (yes I shop, I also do windows, iron, wash and fold clothes, cook, barbecue and other domestic activities) and I came across a container of macadamia nuts from a past trip to Hawaii hiding in the freezer. I opened them and they looked like they needed some immediate attention so out they came. I was feeling like fish, not that I was wanting to BE the fish or even that I felt fish-like, simply, I wanted to eat fish for dinner, so add fish to shopping list I did. Once list was complete off to the farmers market in Old Strathcona we went.

Returning to the house after maneuvering through the recently fallen, and still falling white shit called snow, we off loaded the groceries and then shoveled snow. Lots of snow. Snow on the driveway. Snow on the city sidewalk. Snow on our walkway. More snow to shovel and expecting another 4 days of it. Glad we stocked up on groceries. We may well end up snowed in, or frozen in, since the forecast is also for a maximum high temperature next week of -18. FOR THE HIGH!!! Selling Chiclets to motorists stopped at traffic lights in Mexico City is beginning to look like a viable alternative to living here and then escaping this fucking frozen wasteland (I apologize for the F-Bomb, but it is the only word in English that adequately assists in describing the way I feel about more snow). I can't take it any more!!! I cant!!! Please make the snowman go away Mommy..... Help me. Dear God help me escape.... I've frozen and I can't get up...

After my sobbing and snow shoveling induced hysterics subsided I ventured inside to warm up and then set to trying to figure out how to cook the fish. After a quick search of the internet I decided to use a few suggestions I found and meld them into one recipe and the following is the result. The very, very delicious result.

 Baked Nut Crusted Fish

500 grams boneless-skinless fish fillets (salmon, snapper, catfish, basa, etc) cut into small serving size pieces

4 oz (1 cup) roasted macadamia nuts, coarsely ground
4 oz (1 cup) toasted sliced almonds, coarsely ground
1 cup Panko crumbs (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Pinch cayenne pepper

1 cup flour

1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
1 tsp sugar

Preheat oven to 425° F. Place heavy gauge or clay baking sheet into oven to preheat for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix nuts, Panko crumbs, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper and mix well. Set aside.

Place flour in a ziplock plastic bag with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Place coconut milk and sugar in a deep dish pie plate, mix well.

Place a few pieces of fish in the bag of flour and shake gently to coat the fish. One at a time, dip floured fish into the coconut milk then remove and roll in the nut mixture pressing gently to ensure coating adheres well. Place coated fish on lightly oiled, preheated baking sheet (shameless marketing plug: I prefer the clay baker from Pampered Chef for this and most types of baking). Repeat until all the fish is coated and placed on baking sheet.

Spray the coated fish with a very light coating of vegetable oil (another shameless plug: I use Canola Oil Pam).

Place baking sheet in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork (thicker and more dense fish like salmon may take longer). Serve immediately.

Serve hot with sliced lemon for flavouring at the table.

I had some left over beef flank steak and coating so I did the same procedure as above to it as a test and it was very, very yummy too. So by extension, I think you could also use pork or chicken in the recipe and I think I will. I removed the beef at the 10 minute mark (it was sliced about 1/2" x 1/2" x 2")then let it rest for 5 minutes. Très magnifique...

For different taste sensation one could use walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts or cashews in place of the macadamia nuts and almonds. Experiment. Live a little. Enjoy!!!

We yummed this up in record time and I was commanded to make it again soon. Not wanting to risk violating a command which results in Bart being a lonely and frustrated man, I will make it again soon with salmon the next time (we used snapper this time).

I looked out the window and yes, it is still snowing, or rather snowing again, since it stopped for a bit and tempted us with some blue sky. I will get a good night sleep and go out in the morning and shovel again, because hey, what the hell else is there to do in the winter in a frozen wasteland? Okay there is THAT activity, but unfortunately my wife is complaining that the formaldehyde is giving her a headache, so, so much for that idea...

I am off to the wholesalers tonight to buy a case of Chiclets to begin the journey that is my next career... See you at the stop light...

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