Monday, January 10, 2011

A Gift Of Tangerines:Seasonality Times Three

When we care for the earth the earth will in turn sustain us
This is the time of year when everyone takes a moment to reevaluate their eating habits and incorporate even more good choices into their meal planning.
The Beautiful Tangerine tree
 At our house we are also looking at our food choices and continuing our efforts to eat delicious yet healthy and seasonal foods.
Seasonality is a cornerstone of smart cooking
This weekend we were grateful to be given tangerines and oranges that were picked right off my Aunt and Uncle’s fruit trees. I’ve decided to make a meal for us today that celebrates the tangerine and the sharing of natures bounty with family.
The menu will include

Tangerine ginger soy snapper
Tangerine glazed carrots
And a festive salad with a
Tangerine vinaigrette

¾ Lb wild caught snapper
(The store was out of wild salmon) $5.00
½ inch piece of ginger (grate it)  $.15
3 tangerines juiced a lovely gift..
Sprinkle of hot pepper flake
1 tsp soy sauce

I marinated the snapper in the above for 1-2 hours
I then bake it in a 350-degree oven for 18 minutes or till done

Small green salad with tangerine vinaigrette
We love to experiment with new and interesting vinegars
For the dressing I combined
A tiny bit of tangerine zest
Juice of 1 tangerine
½ tbs honey
1 tbs white balsamic vinegar
and then I slowly drizzled in the olive oil (about 2 tbs) as I whisked it to an emulsion

This salad would also  make a wonderful meal topped with grilled salmon
I tossed the dressing with
1/4 head Lettuce
1 Roma tomato
Tangerine sections
Crushed pecans
Dried cranberries
Artichoke hearts

Brazed carrots glazed in tangerine juice 
I added a tsp of olive oil to the pan 
I pan braze the carrots in water and
tangerine juice
When done to al dente add juice of one tangerine 
As it reduces it will form a glaze over the carrots
I add a touch of cayenne and salt during the cooking.
A Healthy and delicious tangerine themed meal
Total under $10.00 for this Tangerine dream dinner

TIP OF THE DAY: When given a wonderful seasonal ingredient like the tangerine, it is fun to build a menu around it. Take standard dishes you cook regularly and put a fun twist on the recipe. Some of them are bound to  become family favorites

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