Herb-crusted halibut, roasted sweet potato fries

September 6, 2016 at 1:54 pm (Recipes, UK) (, , , , , , , , )

Craving fish and chips but not all the grease?  This crunchy, herb crusted halibut will satisfy that hankering, with an upgrade to spicy, sweet potato fries for a healthy alternative to a fast food favorite.  We add some broccoli to the mix as we love how a bit of olive oil, garlic and oven heat can make this brassica more addictive than junk food – completely optional of course.  Only 20 minutes of hands on time makes this a great weeknight meal, one which we’ll be adding to our halibut rotation as we continue to eat our way through our freezer full of summer’s catch.

Herb Crusted Halibut

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Herb Crusted Halibut3

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 1/2 lb skinless halibut fillets, bones removed
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup picked parsley leaves
  • 4 lemon wedges

Herb crust:

  • 3/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp EVOO

Sweet potato fries (+broccoli):

  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2 inch sticks
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets, stalk peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Yoghurt sauce:

  • 1/2 cup low fat Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 425degF and line two baking pans with baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the roasted vegetables until the potato and broccoli pieces are well coated in the oil and herbs.  Transfer to one of the lined pans, spreading out evenly, and roast for 30-35 mins, tossing occasionally for even browning, until the sweet potato fries are nice and crispy.
  3. Cut the halibut fillets into 8 even pieces and place onto the second baking tray.  In a small bowl, mix together all the crust ingredients until well combined.  Spread each halibut fillet with a thin layer of mustard, then top with some of the breadcrumb mixture, pressing down firmly with the back of a spoon to help the crust stick.
  4. Place the fish in the oven to cook when the vegetables have ~ 15 minutes to go.
  5. For the yoghurt sauce, mix together all the ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until required.
  6. Serve the fish and chips hot from the oven with parsley, lemon wedges and the yoghurt sauce.


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Black Garlic Food Truck: Bernie’s Backyard, Spring TX

September 6, 2016 at 10:48 am (American, Burgers, Travel, USA) (, , , , , , , )

Between Melbourne’s burger fetish and moving the the US, we’ve had some good burgers over the past couple of years, possibly a few too many according to my denim meter.  So given the (one could argue) over-saturation of excellent options, what is it that really distinguishes one from another?

Within the diaspora of burger joints, there is the contingent that markets their fare on the merits of wholesomeness bu,t by and large, the burgers that draw our attention are more likely to be gracing our #foodcoma than #cleaneating feeds.  And at the far end of this spectrum is Black Garlic.  Case in point – the Scorpion.  A 1/2 pound all-beef pattie on a grilled challah bun, piled high with roasted peppers, avocado, smokey bacon, havarti cheese, balsamic and slathered in togarashi aioli.  It’s gloriously composed and manages valiantly to remain so while you chow down.  The challah bun is genius, the lightly sweet, chewy,  enriched pastry a brilliant match for an umami-charged filling.

As all burger connoisseurs will attest to, fries can make or break a burger and Black Garlic has this part of the equation sorted.  Definitely go for the upgrade to chimy fries, tossed in fragrant herb oil, which are worth living with garlic breath for the next few days.


Black Garlic source their organic ingredients from local farms and suppliers, so you can feel good feeding your belly with wholesome stuff and supporting sustainable producers.  The difference this makes to their wares is clearest in the flavor and texture of the hand-ground beef patties, and it’s obviously appreciated, judging from the 45 minute wait at Bernie’s Backyard where we tracked these guys down in Spring, Texas.  Check out their website at http://www.theblackgarlic.com/ for times and locations – just take care driving home afterwards as a Black Garlic meal is well deserving of that #foodcoma hashtag.





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