Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dinner Dance

I bend down, look into the fridge.
I close it and step out the back door.
I scan the garden beds - back to the fridge.

It is June and I am in love with this time of the year.
The meal planning gets looser...  instead of having solid shopping lists and a specific plans for each and every item purchased, I step into the garden and ask: "What are we having for dinner?"

The truth is, that even though it is June, there are not many things to harvest.
There are radishes (and their greens. delicious!), spinach, sprigs of dill, almost ripe strawberries and a mounding rhubarb plant.  All other plants are still tiny - promising more later in the summer.

I snip Spinach leaves.
They mound up in my basket.
I snip a few sprigs of dill.

We are having Pacific Rockfish for dinner and these garden additions will be perfect.

I look down at my pan and realize that this is the first of  this year's dinners that has a substantial garden contribution.  Sure, I have been using sage and parsley, adding radishes to salads, making rhubarb sauce and rhubarb tarts..  but those moments lacked the celebratory feel of this moment.

These are the seeds Sylvan  planted.
These are the plants we have been watering, weeding around, admiring.
This is dinner.

Pacific Rockfish 

5 cups spinach, roughly chopped 
2 fillets Pacific Rockfish
6 or 7 sun dried tomatoes, re-hydrated and cut into strips
5 cloves garlic
2 slices onions
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup vegetable broth 
2 springs dill, chopped finely 
salt and pepper to taste
brown rice (optional)
  • preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • place the spinach in the bottom of a pan, add the fish fillets
  • top the fillets with onions, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, salt, pepper and dill
  • pour the vegetable broth and lemon juice over everything
  • bake for 20 to 25 minutes
  • serve with brown rice (optional)


  1. This is awesome. What does Sylvan think?

  2. Sylvan loved the fish, ate the spinach and poo pooed the rice.
    Ivory loved the rice, ate the spinach and poo pooed the fish.
    Adam and I enjoyed the whole meal thoroughly.