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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Eating "Gourmet" at home

Someone accidently once said, "Janie only eat 'gourmet' food." That comment got me pondering what does that mean? According to the dictionary gourmet means, "a connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate." So what does "good food" mean then, huh? First, I think there is a need of clarification of my eating habits. I was born in the province of the Philippines. I was fortunate to have the upbringing of the readily available and convenience of fresh food that were minimally processed, non- gmo, & unfertilized. Since refrigeration didn't quite hit the country side we were forced to eat things at its peak of freshness to avoid spoilage and going to waste. I was a few steps away from delicious fruits. A quick hop over to the rice patties to pick escargot. Migrating to Hawaii, we always had a garden that was abundant in fruits and vegetables. Of course, a true Filipino always have to have a Marunggay/ Malungay/ Moringa tree or whatever you want to call it somewhere on the property. There was one summer where my sister and my cousin seriously made marunggay with bagoong every day. I think I got really tired of eating it. But I must thank them because they fed me superfood. I just didn't know it at that time. Did I mention, Saturdays consisted of slaughtering chickens, goats, pigs, and cows-it was a family affair! Yeah, we had chickens that would lay these wonderful eggs and my nana(grandma)would make her Filipino omelet(green onions, lots of tomatoes, round onions, & patis).  
So, sum it all up, this is just how I was raised and pardon me or forgive me that my mother served me unpackaged food. If this upbringing of minimally process and food that is good for you is "gourmet" then I guess you're right I love gourmet food!

White Fish with Cilantro Pesto

Ingredients & instructions for pesto:
1 bundle cilantro
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp lime juice or lemon juice
Hawaiian alae salt (sea salt)
black pepper

In a chopper, combine ingredients and chop to desired consistency & taste.

For the fish, I used ono(wahoo)since it's abundant in Hawaii but you can use any white fish. You can bake it or pan fry. 
I lightly pan fried to get that nice brown color on both sides.
Tip: fish keeps cooking even when you take it out of the pan or oven so take it out 5-10 minutes before serving.
Serve with brown rice or quinoa.

Leftover cilantro pesto?
Use as a dressing for your fresh herb salad with avocados. 

If you're not a rice eater. Make a fish sandwich instead and use pesto as a substitute for mayo. It will be healthy and delicious!

Happy good eats! Will post more food recipes including my favorite Filipino dishes.

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