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Sablefish with Asparagus & Broccoli

How happy am I today? I discovered two delicious herbal teas, tried sablefish for the first time, I’ve lost weight and I finally found a meat tenderizer (or, as I asked for it, a meat hammer). Let me start at the start.

Firstly, the scale announced a loss of 2.6 pounds, which I’m sure puts a bounce in any girls’ step! Dieting may not be fun at times, but seeing pounds drop is motivation enough! Then,┬áPrincess and I spent the afternoon lazing around Granville Island, one of my favourite places in Vancouver. The island is full of artisan shops, food markets, and also houses the elusive Kids Market – a dreamland for kids, one which can put any parent in the poorhouse.

I finally purchased some loose tea from the Granville Tea Company, a gourmet tea shop, which I’ve always thought of as somewhat intimidating, with arrows painted on the floor to steer traffic and a list of over 200 teas. It seemed a little like my first trip to Starbucks oh-so-many years ago, where I was somewhat worried about the line-up behind me, but continued to ask silly questions about flavours and discussed steep methods, thank goodness there were two people serving clients behind the counter! In the end I purchased two delicious fruity herbal teas: Lady Hannah and Angel Falls, and a Paris Tea Strainer, which fits perfectly over my over-sized Starbucks mugs and is a godsend if you love loose teas!

The Food Market is the perfect place to wander around and watch people and food. I purchased some of my favourite apples (Pink Lady) at $2 for 4 lbs, some asparagus and broccoli, a favourite of both Princess’ and mine. Meanwhile, Princess insisted on the obligatory stop at Lee’s Donuts, an adorable mom-and-pop style shop where you can purchase authentically made donuts that are still warm, and I had to watch her eat it as I pondered on a healthy choice to make for dinner.

Even though I am dieting I refuse to eat the same boring thing every night, if I never had to eat the same thing for a year I would be happy. So although this diet does have limitations, I try to use every single option, and in the end I purchased veal cutlets from the butcher, and sablefish from the Granville Island Smokery, which not only specializes in fresh and smoked fish, but carries an extensible selection of jarred treats, pickles and pears, dressings and spices. I picked up a large jar of sea salt, Fleur de Sel with Herbs d’provences, and the second I got home I retreived the jar from my bags, opened it up and took a big whiff – perfection in a jar. It should be called Heaven.

I preheated my oven and started preparing a dinner for two, just Princess and I. There are many times when it’s just the two of us eating together, nights where Mister has to work late or isn’t home before 8, and sometimes I end up making three different meals to suit everyone, but tonight we shared our fish.

On a baking sheet that I liberally sprayed with PAM (you can use oil/butter) I placed the two pieces of fish, broccoli and asparagus. I rubbed a pinch of the sel de mer and freshly ground pepper on the fish. Then I popped it in the oven for 12 minutes and it was ready. Serve with a slice of lemon and it’s divine.

It’s the simplest meal to make – fish with seasonings and veggies. There’s something to be said for simplicity. Even a four-year old likes it.

Easy Fish for 2

  • 2 portions of white fish
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • PAM or oil or butter
  • Sel de Mer
  • Herbes de Provence
  • Ground pepper
  • Lemon Wedges

1. Preheat oven to 205┬░ C.

2. Grease up baking sheet. Arrange fish in the middle and vegetables all around. Rub a pinch of each sel de mer & herbes de provence into the fish, and then sprinkle with ground pepper.

3. Bake until fish is completely opaque and flakes when touched by fork, approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Serve with lemon wedge.

If making only one portion, reduce time accordingly. When making larger portions, increase time accordingly.

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  • Lee's Donuts....so yummy and good. I picked up a 1/2 dozen when we went to Vancouver last year. If I ever go back to Vancouver, I definitely have to stop buy and pick some up.

    I make a fish dish similar to what you make but I put the fish, asparagus, soy beans and seasoning in a pouch (of parchment paper) and then bake. I will have to try your recipe one time.
  • Oh my god, aren't the donuts amazing?? Everytime I meet someone who hasn't had them yet I force them to go!
  • That looks delicious (but healthy to the EXTREME). Wish I could get my boyfriend to touch a meal like that. Ha. :)
  • It's very healthy, but so yummy!!
  • Mm, that looks and sounds so yummy!~ And congrats on the lbs., you can do it :) And more pictures of Vancouver please, I want to pretend I live there with you sometimes haha.
  • Pictures coming right up!
  • sounds so delicious and easy! these are the times that i'm so bummed i don't have a working oven. i cant wait to get back to delicious and healthy baked food!
  • Toaster oven? I find baked food the healthiest and tastiest right now, but making stir-frys is quick and easy too!
  • Kat
    This looks great! I've seen "herbs de provence" in shops but never picked it up, I should definitely check it out :)
  • Herbes de provence is simply the following herbs thrown together: basil, fennel, lavender, savoury & thyme. Sometimes there's something else. You can make it yourself if you have all those ingredients! But go easy on your food when using it, if there's too much it can taste like potpourri!
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