Tonight we are having a few friends for dinner to celebrate the birthday of my friend, Felicia. Instead of gifts we often give a dinner party for the birthday person. It’s a chance to show how much they mean to us.
This dish was really supposed to be Espadon de Mémés Toulonnaises which is sword fish. Sent my husband shopping and he brings home cod. I had no idea how to correctly translate it so I e-mailed a great blogger and now friend, Cristina, whose blog I find is really one to follow…From Buenos Aires to Paris….thank you Cristina for your immediate reply. I just love this blogging world of ours.
Tonight we are going to Toulon in southern France which is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region. Dishes cooked with mussels and tomatoes are generally given the appellation toulonnaise.
Adapted from Savoring Provence, Diane Holuiue
2 large pieces of cod, about 2-3 lbs in total (seasoned with salt and pepper)
1/4 cup olive oil
12 cup dry white wine
4-5 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
about 20 white mushrooms, cleaned and quartered lengthwise
2-3 fresh thyme sprigs
12 fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
30 mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded
4 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
large roasting pan
In a deep frying pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the shallots until slightly cooked, about 3-4 minutes and add wine. After a few more minutes add your tomatoes, mushrooms, thyme, tarragon, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and add the mussels. Shake pan and turn off heat.
Meanwhile, take some of the sauce and coat roasting pan. Add the fish and pour sauce over fish. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until mussels open and fish is flaky.
We also served, minted pea soup, braised vegeable and pumpkin flan.
Gracias a vos Norma!!! The dishes are just amazing and Felicia is so “feliz” !!!! How lucky she is to have a friend as you!!
If I go to NY for my next birthday, will you make for this me? Looks delicious.
P.S. Love Cristina’s comment.
For sure amiga..that and much more…
Yum!!! That pumpkin dessert is so cute!!!
What a fabulous food buffet. I am a big fan of cod and you’ve done it right.
I had a wonderful time and the cod was absolutely amazing!!! the pea soup with mint… heavenly and the flan… the pumpkin flan… no comments!!!!! off the charts.
thank you Norma, had a terrific birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
Yum, the cod fish looks succulent in it’s sauce! You have shown your friend a great time and a wonderful home cooked meal;-)
Nice way to have a great birthday with your friend! When will be a repetition of this menu? Totally adorable – the dessert looks amazing too 🙂
What an amazing meal and dish! It looks so mouthwatering.
My birthday is next week. How quickly can you get to Argentina? 😉
Be careful what you wish for…I might just take a trip in the very near future…
My bithday is next week too, how about a quick trip to Souh Dakota!?
What a wonderful friend you are! I cannot think of a better way to honor someone’s special day! The entire meal truly looks divine! Also thank you for your sweet comments 🙂
What a lovely way to show birthday wishes by preparing a beautiful meal. This is a very delicious meal you prepared. Blessings, Catherine
What a nice and special thing to do and it is superb that we have people we can call friends in this blogging world….. Well done
Your cod looks wonderful Norma! As does everything – especially the pumpkin flan – I hope you share the recipe! What a lucky friend. xoxo
What a wonderful dinner party! My favorite is the pumpkin flan 🙂 I am a huge flan fan!!!!! You are an amazing friend, Norma! Felicia tiene mucha suerte de ser tu amiga!