Posted by: Jennelyn J.M. Natividad | June 16, 2009

From the Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook

I was browsing through the culinary section of my local bookstore the other day, and Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook caught my eye. It was a lovely hardbound book that offered delightful, food-inspired woodblock prints and down-to-earth, soulful recipes.

Anyway, it was my turn to make dinner for the folks tonight so I took the opportunity to use the recipe I filched that day (and by filched, I mean committed to memory without buying the $30 something book).

The recipe, simply baked fish (the original recipe called for Salmon while I used Halibut). Season with salt and pepper. I added a splash of milk and wrapped each one in fig leaves. There’s really nothing to it. 400 degrees F, 6-8 minutes in the oven.

Try to select wide, bright & healthy fig leaves. Pair each leaf to a fish, consider their size.

Try to select wide, bright & healthy fig leaves. Pair each leaf to a fish, consider their size.

After adding a splash of milk and seasoning with S&P, wrap each fillet and secure w/a toothpick

After adding a splash of milk and seasoning with S&P, wrap each fillet and secure w/a toothpick

After 7 minutes, turn the oven off. Even before you open the oven door, the intoxicating, coconut-like scent will permeate your kitchen in a grand way.

After 7 minutes, turn the oven off. Even before you open the oven door, the intoxicating, coconut-like scent will permeate your kitchen in a grand way.

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