{Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Jam}

When I looked in our fridge and saw four containers of strawberries, I knew that something had to be done.  Perusing through the usual suspects of food websites, I came across plenty of possibilities.  Strawberry cheesecake!  Oh, but if I made that I knew I would just eat it all myself (I don’t share cheesecake with anyone… not even with Eric).  Strawberry ice cream!  Nah, it’s too cold for that.  Strawberry salad!  Well, maybe… but I couldn’t imagine eating that many berries in one sitting.

I had almost given up the search and decided to forget about the darn things.  But then I came across a quick little recipe for biscuits and strawberry butter from Lindsay at Gingerbread Bagels and the light bulb flickered to life.

As you all know, I’m a big fan of scones and biscuits and anything that’s a vehicle for butter and jam.  It’s my Sunday routine to whip up a batch while Eric takes the pup out for her morning walk.  By the time he’s returned, the smell of fresh baked goods and brewing coffee has permeated throughout the apartment.

We’ve acquired a great deal of jams over the past few months, from friends and family… and from food bloggers.  There’s been peach, pomegranate, kiwi , wild blueberry and many more.  But the one missing from the mix has been strawberry.

Not anymore.

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kamran siddiqiMarch 16, 2011 - 12:05 am

Absolutely lovely! I have made so many strawberry jams since I began blogging- all very different and all lovely in their own ways. The best thing is- strawberry jam is so simple to make, plus the homemade stuff always tastes better than the store-bought variety.

P.S. I have to admit- I am the same way with cheesecake. I don’t share. At. All. I just can’t find it in me.

Andrew FrishmanMarch 16, 2011 - 12:07 am

MMnnn. . . I LOVES me some jammin’ strawberries.

“Estamos jammin” – Bob Marley

Kate @ Diethood.comMarch 16, 2011 - 12:12 am

You know, I have 3 containers in the fridge filled with strawberries and I didn’t want to make another cheesecake or another ice cream… I am so GLAD that I opened up Twitter and saw your tweet about this recipe… thank you for the inspiration! I wish it wasn’t almost midnight or I would start on this jam right about now. But tomorrow looks good, too. :)
Gorgeous photos!

No pectin, I’ll be damned.

Nelly RodriguezMarch 16, 2011 - 12:19 am

Perfect :) Love how simple it is! On a side note… I’m addicted to pint/mason jars.

RJ FlamingoMarch 16, 2011 - 12:23 am

Going into competition, Bri? LOL!

Prerna@IndianSimmerMarch 16, 2011 - 12:31 am

This post and the photo of you (?) pouring the jam in jars reminded me of my mom! We never ate store bought jams or ketchup or tomato sauce growing up. Back then it was a luxury in India and being a little tight on money still she would never want her kids to compromise and would make everything at home from scratch. Now I’m glad she did ‘cos now I know what a good jam tastes like! Your post just brought back all the memories! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe dear :-)

Kimberly (Unrivaledkitch)March 16, 2011 - 12:48 am

I always make jam with left over fruit its the best way not to waste. These photos are beautiful. well done!

thanks for the sterilizing tips, I need to start jarring! I’ve been saying I’m going to do it forever but haven’t now I must.


MonetMarch 16, 2011 - 1:10 am

Oh this would be great with my weekly loaf of bread. I wish I could trade my bread for a jar of your jam! Thankfully, this recipe looks easy enough to follow :-) Thanks for sharing with me tonight. Visiting your blog brings a smile to my face, week after week. I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

Julia @ DimpleArts PhotographyMarch 16, 2011 - 1:39 am

There is nothing better than some strawberry jam. Oh and I LOVE your triptych of the two strawberries!

MichelleMarch 16, 2011 - 6:19 am

I’ve never made a jam or jelly before because I’m always hesitant about having TONS of jam around but I love that this recipe makes the perfect amount!

LizMarch 16, 2011 - 6:37 am

Oh, boy, does your jam look fabulous! This would make my hubby very happy~

Paul JennetteMarch 16, 2011 - 7:03 am

I have NEVER tried to do this at home. The process does seem to be simple, and I can’t imagine how tasty fresh jam would be. I used to watch my Grandma preserve everything, her and my Grandfather had a huge garden and in their life this was the only way to go. Thanks for the memory refresher!!! ~ Paul

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenMarch 16, 2011 - 7:11 am

Okay, now how did you get that strawberry to look like it’s levitating above the others?!

adminMarch 16, 2011 - 7:15 am


No secrets here! I used a kabob skewer, stuck one end in the strawberry and one into the container. And… voilà!


adminMarch 16, 2011 - 7:43 am

Thanks for sharing that about your childhood. Sounds like your mom was a wonderful woman.

And that’s Eric’s hands pouring the jam into the jar… don’t have a tripod (yet) and it would take some skill to be able to hold the jar and take a picture.

DeebaMarch 16, 2011 - 7:44 am

As good as it gets. I’m glad you made this. Will wait for the second crop of the year. Love that you notched the sugar down. Those jars are like jewels!

JessMarch 16, 2011 - 8:09 am

Beautiful photos. How did you get the singular strawberries to look like they are floating above the container below?

JessMarch 16, 2011 - 8:10 am

Just read your response to another commenter…. skewers…. how clever!

Sanjeeta kkMarch 16, 2011 - 8:11 am

Those preserves look gorgeous Brian! I doubt that I will ever be able to make Strawberry Jam..the moment a box is open it becomes history. Though made a mixed fruit Preserve using Palm Sugar and posted on my blog recently, it had traces of Strawberries. Wish you could send me one of those pretty jars :)

Jason PhelpsMarch 16, 2011 - 8:38 am

We just did this on Sunday. Unfortunately I didn’t cook it long enough and it didn’t set. It still works as you would want it to and it sure tastes good!


Elizabeth AnnMarch 16, 2011 - 8:45 am

This looks pretty easy! :-) Going to try it out this weekend! Thanks for sharing . . .

ElizabethMarch 16, 2011 - 9:05 am

This plus some clotted cream on scones would be HEAVENLY. As big of a sweet tooth as I have, when it comes to fruit, I like to be conservative with the added sugar. I often find jam recipes call for more sugar than it needs.

JamieMarch 16, 2011 - 9:05 am

Aren’t you fabulous! The jam looks so perfect! Yes, pass the scones and jam, please!

CeliaMarch 16, 2011 - 9:08 am

Man, this is making me eager for summer…

Daydreamer DessertsMarch 16, 2011 - 9:16 am

Love the simplicity of it… nothing like homemade strawberry jam. :)

foodwanderingsMarch 16, 2011 - 9:48 am

Really nice Brian, can go so well in the belly of my Sufganiyot. Just inject some of this goodness and they will be authentic. Now you inspired me to jam! :)

JoyMarch 16, 2011 - 11:02 am

I love strawberries. Yours looks great.

Justin IdeMarch 16, 2011 - 11:19 am

Nice stuff as always Brian .. I’ve never canned anything and this has me thinking I could actually do it! Great photos!

Remember, Food is Love!

Lora @cakeduchessMarch 16, 2011 - 11:52 am

Gorgeous strawberry jam, Bri:)My mother-in-law taught me her method 2 yrs ago when she was here. I love making it because the flavor is so much better than store-bought.:)

Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsMarch 16, 2011 - 12:18 pm

Very cool levitating strawberry pics! Impressive!

FlaviaMarch 16, 2011 - 12:58 pm

This looks wonderful, Brian! I’ve been wanting to try canning since last summer, so maybe I’ll make this jam for my first try. Beautiful photos as always. :)

Jean @ Lemons and AnchoviesMarch 16, 2011 - 1:37 pm

I’m envious that you made your own jam–it’s a big goal of mine. The canning part scares me but maybe I should just eat the entire batch in one sitting (giving it away might make more sense) to eliminate this problem. I like that you cut back the sugar; I think this might be the recipe for my maiden voyage in jam making. Thanks for sharing!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMarch 16, 2011 - 1:53 pm

That strawberry jam looks absolutely divine! That’s the one flavor of jam that I didn’t get around to making last year… I need to remedy that very soon.

SomaMarch 16, 2011 - 2:14 pm

The best. this looks fabulous! I still have jar left from last year. Will make it again this year. Nothing compares to the homemade jams. The floating strawberry looks awesome :-)

Chris @ The PecheMarch 16, 2011 - 2:21 pm

I will forever remember this as the magical floating strawberry post. Well done, sir.

That looks delicious! I love the short list of simple ingredients.

EthanMarch 16, 2011 - 3:22 pm

One day, you will have to learn how to share:P but in the meantime, that jam looks great!

fooddreamerMarch 16, 2011 - 3:24 pm

For some reason, strawberry jam is just not my favourite. But if it was, I know yours would be fantastic!

wizzythestickMarch 16, 2011 - 4:56 pm

Home-made jam is always amazing and the best part is that it makes your kitchen smell fabulous

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMarch 16, 2011 - 5:14 pm

I’m so glad my strawberry butter made you think of strawberry jam because your jam is just gorgeous! I swear I could just look at your photos all day, they’re so beautiful. I wish I had some of your strawberry jam right now. :)

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMarch 16, 2011 - 7:21 pm

I have canned tomatoes before but never made jam or jelly. You do have a knack for making it sound easy. Love the levitating berry. How magical! We had four quarts of strawberries in our fridge last week but I used up two as filling and decoration for a birthday cake.

JoanneMarch 16, 2011 - 7:48 pm

Oh brian. Someday I hope to have the confidence that I will be able to can something without giving myself botulism (this is what med school does to you. It’s a wonder I ever leave my apartment.) This jam sounds absolutely perfect and I love how few ingredients there are in it!

Parsley SageMarch 16, 2011 - 8:43 pm

Om nom nom! You need some mango jam now too :)

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleMarch 16, 2011 - 9:09 pm

Did you say you wanted my address so you could mail some to me? Hmm?

Looks wonderful and has me in the mood. I got some from Megan @stetted last year…you have to get her recipe too…vanilla strawberry jam? Was absolutely amazing.

briarroseMarch 16, 2011 - 10:04 pm

Beautiful. I adore strawberry jam…sometimes it’s just the classic that does it for you. ;)

TerraMarch 16, 2011 - 10:17 pm

I have always said I would make jam, or jelly, but still have not. I really need to get on that, because this looked way too good. The pictures are beautiful!
Take care,

The Farmers WifeMarch 16, 2011 - 10:42 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I have been terrified of canning in the past, and have shied away from it, but you make it sound and look so easy, I may have to reconsider!

sarahMarch 17, 2011 - 1:59 am

Lovely! I have a cake recipe that is just looking for a layer of strawberry jam. Can’t wait to try this!!

SajiMarch 17, 2011 - 2:23 am

Gorgeous!!! I love strawberry jam…All tym fav
First time here…Happy to follow u


michelleMarch 17, 2011 - 7:48 am

My goodness! Those pics are fantastic! You’ve inspired me to go strawberry picking and make up some batches of my own! :) Thank you!

amyMarch 17, 2011 - 8:57 am

Oh my…you’ve got me wanting to grow some strawberries pronto…

MeganMarch 17, 2011 - 9:58 am

Canning scares me.. but I like that you can make this and just use it right away rather than going through all the canning steps. That jam is the most gorgeous color!

DanaMarch 17, 2011 - 10:20 am

This looks so simple and delicious! I love the deep red color of the jam.

Mikaela CowlesMarch 17, 2011 - 11:05 am

It looks like you cooked up summer. Perhaps in a few months you can make Strawberry Blackberry Jam!

Vicki @ Wilde in the KitchenMarch 17, 2011 - 11:09 am

I’m so glad that strawberries are starting to have some flavor again! I want to make a big batch of this jam, it looks so bright and delicious!

katMarch 17, 2011 - 1:46 pm

We put up about 36 jars of strawberry jam every year. Its fun to play with the flavors & add things like vanilla, balsamic or black pepper.

Andrea McLarenMarch 17, 2011 - 2:10 pm

It’s not difficult to make jam, just time consuming, Spring Strawberrys are in from Oxnard CA among the best! Good luck everyone!

PeggyMarch 17, 2011 - 5:17 pm

I almost want to go to the grocery right now and get some strawberries for this! We were out of jam so I’ve been having to eat just plain PB sandwiches lately… I think this is going to have to be made soon!

Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteMarch 18, 2011 - 8:55 am

I have yet to make jam but your recipe inspires me – looks so easy and just plain gorgeous! Printing this out :-)

foodies at homeMarch 19, 2011 - 1:49 am

Strawberry jam is my all time favorite! I am definitely going to have to try this when the berries come into season!

tinytearoomMarch 19, 2011 - 9:37 am

gorgeous. gorgeous. gorgeous. thank you for the guide on sterilizing the jars. I never knew making jam was this easy!

Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }March 19, 2011 - 2:39 pm

This is just the classic perfect jam! I am obsessed with jam making and now this is a must make for me. Beautiful photos!!!

Chef DennisMarch 19, 2011 - 3:54 pm

hi Brian,
where were you, when I tried to make strawberry jam last year? Your jam looks perfect, I am going to have to save your post for strawberry season, and I will give it another try….. Sigh….
Hope you’re enjoying this wonderful weather!

JulieDMarch 19, 2011 - 4:02 pm

Absolutely beautiful, Brian. I haven’t tried to make jam before & you make it look so simple!

Maria @ ScandifoodieMarch 19, 2011 - 7:38 pm

Gorgeous! I can’t think of anything more welcoming and cosy than home-made strawberry jam, this is just perfect :-)

Baking SerendipityMarch 20, 2011 - 12:29 am

Homemade strawberry jam reminds me of my childhood…there is no better taste than that! This is the perfect use for all of your strawberries.

sippitysupMarch 20, 2011 - 6:34 pm

Strawberries are busting out all over here. Bring on the jam. I could do this I bet. GREG

JackieMarch 20, 2011 - 7:52 pm

JAM! :D Mhmmmm! I made something very similar to this a while back, it was part of a panna cotta recipe I was doing and I wanted to top it with something a little sweet, so I made some quick strawberry jam. I may have even used Ina as my basis for comparison, but I forget.

Doesn’t this just remind you of summer? Cream teas!

Jax x

Evan @swEEtsMarch 21, 2011 - 5:03 pm

I just made strawberry scones this past weekend with the delicious strawberries I found at the grocery last week.. now I think I’m going to go back and get some more to make strawberry jam!

My Man's BellyMarch 22, 2011 - 3:32 pm

Between the scones and the jam…I’m coming to your house for breakfast. Expect to hear a knock on your door next Sunday.

Fuji MamaMarch 30, 2011 - 11:17 am

Great, now after reading this I’m going to be experiencing severe cravings for strawberry jam. I’m blaming today’s mental and emotional problems on YOU!!

Fresh Strawberry JamSeptember 18, 2013 - 6:33 am

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{Silent Sunday: KO Catering and Pies}

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MonetMarch 13, 2011 - 12:24 am

Hi Brian! Now don’t these look delicious! I remember watching an Anthony Bourdain episode in Australia…and I fell in love with the sound of those meat pies. I need to try to make some! Thanks for sharing, sweet man! I hope you are having a splendid Saturday night. Take time to relax and rejuvenate tomorrow. Hugs from Austin!

Elle (Bromography)March 13, 2011 - 12:26 am

An interesting theme! I would love to try something similar in NYC.

foodwanderingsMarch 13, 2011 - 12:31 am

Crazy good now I want to go and settle myself there past midnight break in! Love it Bri!

Angie's RecipesMarch 13, 2011 - 7:36 am

Can’t take my eyes off those pies!

Lauren at Keep It SweetMarch 13, 2011 - 7:43 am

You take such fantastic photos!

A Plum By Any Other NameMarch 13, 2011 - 7:52 am

I had no idea KO catering existed here in Boston! Their pies look lovely … and just in time for pi day tomorrow. ;)

fooddreamerMarch 13, 2011 - 8:38 am

Hello, gorgeous pies!

Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteMarch 13, 2011 - 9:06 am

Now if they REALLY wanted to go with an Aussie theme, they should introduce Boston to the “pie floater” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie_floater). These pies are so classy, not what I remember from my youth LOL!

Bianca @ Confessions of a ChocoholicMarch 13, 2011 - 9:15 am

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I want some sausage. Have a great Sunday Brian!

PeggyMarch 13, 2011 - 10:13 am

Definitely wish I lived closed to New England right about now. =)

Michael @MikeVFMKMarch 13, 2011 - 10:28 am

It’s probably not the smartest idea to be looking at these lovely pictures on an empty stomach. Every picture I scroll to makes me hungrier than the last.

Love it Brian. Another Silent Sunday winner.

MichelleMarch 13, 2011 - 11:16 am

I still haven’t made it out to KO. Beautiful photos Brian!

Lora @cakeduchessMarch 13, 2011 - 11:57 am

Gorgeous pies and those eggs look just perfect! Wish I had some now for a perfect Sunday breakfast:)Hope you and E enjoy your Sunday! :)

EthanMarch 13, 2011 - 12:46 pm

I’m digging these Sunday posts, it’s a nice shoutout to some local business in the Boston-area. I’m glad I didn’t see vegemite on the menu. I don’t mind it, but I’m not interested in it for sunday brunch!

ElizabethMarch 13, 2011 - 2:08 pm

It is allll about the sticky date pudding. If you haven’t tried it yet, I will personally accompany you on another trip there.

KimmieMarch 13, 2011 - 4:06 pm

Oh. My. Word. A chicken schnitzel burger sounds absolutely divine. I don’t think anything that I come up with for dinner can come close to satisfying the rumbling you’ve started in my stomach!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleMarch 13, 2011 - 4:09 pm

I’ll do one better; I have a recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding; it is quite simply…the BOMB!

First time I saw the name I thought of bread pudding which I’m not crazy for but glad I looked further, made it and became addicted!

Photos are yummalicious!

KristenMarch 13, 2011 - 4:14 pm

Those pies look so flaky and crusty and delicious!

Sneh | Cook RepublicMarch 13, 2011 - 4:22 pm

Look at those gorgeous pies and that menu! For a second I thought you were in Australia :-) . Gorgeous photos Brian, as always. Love the egg, especially and am jealous you got to dig in that perfect yolk!

Chris's Gourmet FashionMarch 13, 2011 - 5:46 pm

Lovely photos. Glad to hear that they source locally … I have to admit my ignorance … I just realized I know nothing about Australian Cuisine!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMarch 13, 2011 - 6:12 pm

Vegetime is on the menu! ;)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMarch 13, 2011 - 6:12 pm

I mean vegemite. ugh i can’t type today!!! lol

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMarch 13, 2011 - 6:13 pm

I’ll take everything on the sweets menu please! :) Loving the Silent Sundays posts!

JackieMarch 14, 2011 - 9:39 am

I can vouch for the authenticity of these pies – they are delish.

I love this series, Brian. I also adore you, but you may have already known that :D

Jax x

katMarch 14, 2011 - 11:46 am

Other than Outback you don’t really see Australian food very often.

JeanMarch 14, 2011 - 11:51 am

I agree with Jackie–I love your Silent Sunday series. Please keep them coming. Your images are wonderful. :-)

Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingMarch 14, 2011 - 3:26 pm

So interesting that a bit of Australia resides in Boston! I would love to try this place next time I’m around. What a fun and flavorful menu. Thanks for sharing and opening my eyes to something new!

SMITH BITESMarch 14, 2011 - 6:13 pm

another beautiful post Brian – cannot wait until we can get to your area to try some of these restaurants out!

saltyseattleMarch 14, 2011 - 8:56 pm

your pictures make me want to lick you. and them.

LirenMarch 14, 2011 - 9:51 pm

Oh bestill my heart. Did I catch S&P Calamari with Chili Jam on the menu? Yes, please!

KitaMarch 14, 2011 - 10:13 pm

I am so jealous right now. These images are beautiful and I don’t enjoy breakfast but maybe that’s because there’s no place other then chain restaurants around here that is open in the morning.

Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsMarch 15, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Oh, this takes me back. When I was in high school, I visited my pen pal in Australia for three weeks. It was incredible! I ate meat pies every chance I got and loved every bite. Since then, I’ve gone vegetarian, so I’d love to find a good veggie pie.

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMarch 15, 2011 - 10:19 pm

KO Catering and Pies is new to me… But somehow, I’m still craving a trip to Boston after seeing this post. You’re just killing me with these! Love the photos, as always. :)

anh@anhsfoodblog.comMarch 15, 2011 - 10:59 pm

For a second I thought you visited Australia! nice to see the slang and some of our comfort foods around here :)

kamran siddiqiMarch 15, 2011 - 11:20 pm

Those pies! I am seriously swooning here!

Andrew FrishmanMarch 16, 2011 - 1:11 am

Mnnnn. . . I LOVES me some pies!

Que fantastico es la comida rica

not happyMarch 25, 2011 - 12:34 pm

i thought the pies were a let down , i travelled 2 hrs to try them and was disapointed with them !!! i spose as an aussie i expected more !!!! nice guy though!!

Recipe: Chermoula Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

I’m tired of the cold, of the snow, of having to wear sweaters and scarves.  We’ve gotten brief hints of warmer times, but they’ve been all too fleeting.  A day here, a day there.  And then the temperatures drop and it’s back to frigid weather.

The only way I can get through these last days of winter is by making foods that remind me of summer.  A bowl of coleslaw, a packed lobster roll, a plate of pickled beet salad.  These are the foods that are keeping me in good spirits.

Given this need for rejuvenating (soul saving) dishes, I was thrilled to see that a recipe for fish tacos was submitted for the Marx Food Ridiculously Delicious Challenge.  You see, for the next round (yup, I made it to round 3), we have been asked to makeover one of our fellow contestants’ dishes and give it our own little spin.  It’s a fantastic, creative concept… one that I think brings the food blogger community together in a very supportive way.

When I went down the list of submissions, the first one that jumped out at me was this fish taco recipe from Azmina at Lawyer Loves Lunch.  Nothing makes me think of sun bathing and relaxation more than a plate of tacos and a beer.

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ChristineMarch 9, 2011 - 12:08 am

If summer refuses to come, I guess the next best thing we human can do is to bring summer into the kitchen! The mango salsa sounds wonderful.

KitaMarch 9, 2011 - 12:17 am

What beautiful and refreshing looking tacos. I have never had a fish taco but have been trying to get brave enough to let go of my traditional love of tacos to try one. These look amazing and the mango salsa sounds great.

EthanMarch 9, 2011 - 12:24 am

Such a tease! Last time I had a fish taco, it was in Maui. These look great and the mango salsa would be perfect with the heat from the chili. I’ll take 3 please:)

anh@anhsfoodblog.comMarch 9, 2011 - 12:24 am

this is really lovely. I love taco but haven’t tried it with fish yet. Love your photos :)

Baker StreetMarch 9, 2011 - 12:29 am

Mmmm.. Summer is almost here for me. I can’t wait to give this a try. You’re pictures are awesomeeee! ;)

foodwanderingsMarch 9, 2011 - 1:27 am

Meant for a long time to make fish tacos for the first time. It always appealed to me and this is so vibrant in color I bet a great flavor chases it!

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenMarch 9, 2011 - 1:34 am

I always want to make summer foods in winter. It just balances the weather in my mind. Weird I know :-) I saw this recipe of Azmina and loved the combination of Chermoula with tacos and now with mango salsa. I’m sold!

Julia @ DimpleArts PhotographyMarch 9, 2011 - 1:41 am

The fish tacos look fantastic. Mango salsa makes everything very refreshing. I also like mandarin salsa.

JanisMarch 9, 2011 - 7:17 am

Aw, I am sick of the cold and those tacos make me heartsick for sommer….oh in a good way.

Chris @ The PecheMarch 9, 2011 - 7:19 am

I will eat these this week and pretend it’s summer. Or that we’re sitting on a beach in Belize. Thank you for the mental vacation through food.

fooddreamerMarch 9, 2011 - 7:24 am

These are gorgeous and I am sure the tropical flavours helped to whisk you away from this cold weather. It’s been one loooooong winter here!

MikeVFMKMarch 9, 2011 - 7:26 am

Brian, I love these tacos and the addition of mango salsa. It definitely screams summer and we’re all in need of that now. Another great post. Love the pictures too!

Andrew FrishmanMarch 9, 2011 - 7:53 am

MMnnn . . . I LOVES me some tacos, especially when they’re a bit fishy.

Andrew FrishmanMarch 9, 2011 - 7:55 am

¿Es mejor de enseñar como pescar, o de enseñar como cocinar con peces?

ElleMarch 9, 2011 - 7:57 am

The warm weather’s been such a tease, hasn’t it? I’m sure we’ll have more snow before it’s over, too. These would be right at home on the deck this summer, with some ice cold drink alongside!

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMarch 9, 2011 - 8:04 am

Congrats for heading into round 3! I’m really liking your idea to mix the remaining chermoula with yogurt for a creamy sauce. But “a beer”? Seriously, these fish tacos call for at least two beers.

Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokieMarch 9, 2011 - 8:15 am

Mmm…looks delightful. Reminds me of Summer for sure! I love mango salsas, especially on fresh fish. And you have halibut cheeks to boot! Wow! Love this.

RJ FlamingoMarch 9, 2011 - 8:28 am

Lovin’ that salsa, Bri! Waiting for our local mangoes to come in, and have I got a list of recipes to try!

heatherMarch 9, 2011 - 8:32 am

We’ve made eggplant with chermoula, which was excellent; never thought to use it as a marinade for fish, and never in a taco! Being in southeast Texas, tacos are kind of a big deal. We even go so far as to make our own tortillas. I’m digging these flavor combinations, and we just bought a pound of mahi-mahi. Break out the limes and beer! (I’ll try to send some warming winds your way.)



paul jennetteMarch 9, 2011 - 8:32 am

I love fish tacos! They always seem to be perfect for whatever time your making them, but you are right they can take you to a warm tropical place. I always seem to have the best ones in Mexico (duh)! I think I will give these a try this weekend, I’m always looking for new recipes. Have a great week Brian!!

MichelleMarch 9, 2011 - 8:50 am

Fish tacos don’t just make me miss summer but they make me miss vacations in Mexico. Good luck with the next round Brian!

ElizabethMarch 9, 2011 - 9:17 am

So that’s what you ended up using your mango for. Interesting choice with the parsley. I’m curious how that tasted.

Daydreamer DessertsMarch 9, 2011 - 9:22 am

Nothing like a fish taco topped with a brightly colored salsa to immediately bring visions of summer and warm days ahead. Love it!

Lindsay @Eat, Knit, GrowMarch 9, 2011 - 9:38 am

I have been craving fish tacos and those look amazing. Yum mango salsa!

Lori @ RecipeGirlMarch 9, 2011 - 9:40 am

These are too gorgeous to eat. We’re a fish taco fanatical family here in San Diego :)

TaniaMarch 9, 2011 - 9:44 am

OMgosh. I love fish tacos. Love. I could eat them everyday. I’m with you about the cilantro, but I know a lot of people can’t stand it. Maybe you could keep some off to the side to garnish your own with next time? Glad you see you’re using corn tortillas too.

ElizabethMarch 9, 2011 - 9:51 am

Oh yeah…how much do I love chermoulah. SO very much. I remember the first time I saw it in this kitchen I used to work at. I’d never even heard of it and we were too busy for me to try it before the end of the night. By the time the line was clean and everything was put away, I was dying to try this delicious smelling concoction spread over giant prawns.
I gobbled that thing back in 2 seconds flat and I have been craving it ever since. I was thinking about making it for about 6 months now, so thanks for giving me another extra push!

Jason PhelpsMarch 9, 2011 - 10:12 am

I didn’t make tacos out of it, could have, but just last night I made some baked fish with cumin, chipotle, oregano and lime. It would work great this way. Now how to remember this the next time…

And you are so nailing the warm weather foods. It is coming, slowly.


MaggieMarch 9, 2011 - 10:15 am

You know how I feel about fish tacos… :)

Lawyer Loves LunchMarch 9, 2011 - 10:24 am

Thanks for picking my recipe! These look fabulous, Brian! I may have to try a parsley chermoula next now that you’ve raved about it. Here’s to hoping summer comes soon so we can have fish tacos outside! :)

PS: Good luck with round 3!

The SouperMarch 9, 2011 - 10:29 am

Chermoula Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa: My eyes are telling my tastebuds about this new dish. Great post, thanks for enlightening me on a creative way to enjoy two of my favorites, fish and mango.

The Souper

LirenMarch 9, 2011 - 10:39 am

I’m tired of winter, too! Love fish tacos with mango salsa, and these look spectacular! Also, my family is trying our best to observe Lent, so this will be perfect! Best of luck with this round :)

betsyMarch 9, 2011 - 10:43 am

These are so delicious looking that this is what I am making myself for dinner tonight!

Kirstin - The Olive SeedMarch 9, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Yummy! Take THAT, winter!!!

RavieNomNomsMarch 9, 2011 - 12:04 pm

Wow does that look good! I really want to try this

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMarch 9, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Your fish tacos look sooo good and so colorful. I love the addition of mango salsa with coconut sugar. I wish I could eat dinner at your house, these look AMAZING! :)

SweetSugarBelleMarch 9, 2011 - 12:17 pm

Oh, these look amazing! And I love it that they arent deep fried! Hubby has been wanting to try them…This looks exactly like the route I wanna go!

Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingMarch 9, 2011 - 12:44 pm

What a wonderful and vibrant dish! Your mango salsa looks so mouthwatering, and I bet the flavors combined taste just magical. Thanks for sharing this recipe and your beautiful images!

katMarch 9, 2011 - 12:47 pm

Oh yeah, fish tacos make me thing of warm summer nights down at Minnihaha Falls here in Minneapolis. Those are a long way off.

KimberleyMarch 9, 2011 - 2:02 pm

I am totally with you on eating summery foods, although there’s no snow here, so I have no right to lament winter. :) And this! With chermoula, what a great idea. Your photos are gorgeous!

Evan @swEEtsMarch 9, 2011 - 2:39 pm

Mm fish tacos! I’m ready for summer as well.. it’s even worse here in TX because we’ll have a week of 85 and then it’ll drop to 40. Mother Nature needs to make up her mind! We’re on the same page with mangoes though- I just made some mango curd!

Maria @ ScandifoodieMarch 9, 2011 - 3:06 pm

I am looking forward to autumn here in Sydney! This is a fantastic dish, sunshine on the plate for sure! :-)

WenderlyMarch 9, 2011 - 3:26 pm

Those look spectacular!

Do you deliver?

Anything made with halibut cheeks, I like! These fish tacos look delicious.

Kathy GoriMarch 9, 2011 - 7:09 pm

woweee wow! What an amazing dish! Gorgeous pictures don’t hurt either.

These looks so amazing and fresh looking I just want to eat the computer screen!

The Farmers WifeMarch 9, 2011 - 11:59 pm

Oh yum! I’m not usually a huge fish person, but I LOVE fish tacos! Those look incredible!

AdelinaMarch 10, 2011 - 1:56 am

Love the pics, your recipe title, the tacos and the mango salsa with coconut sugar.

Sandy@ Everyday SouthwestMarch 10, 2011 - 2:54 am

What a great take on fish tacos. Light and fresh and perfect for the hot weather that is just around the corner. I love the use of tepin chiles. I use them a lot.
Congratulations on making the tope nine!

Angie's RecipesMarch 10, 2011 - 5:18 am

Fish and mango salsa in a taco…that’s for sure a delicious and healthy meal!

Angie's RecipesMarch 10, 2011 - 5:18 am

Congratulations on making the top 9!

Chef DennisMarch 10, 2011 - 5:39 am

hi Brian

those fish tacos look so very very good!! I understand about Eric and Cilantro, its only recently I have been able to get Lisa to start even going near anything with cilantro…sigh
she would love that mango salsa, it looks like it was perfect with those yummy fish tacos!
Congrats on the top 9!!

JoanneMarch 10, 2011 - 7:02 am

Azmina’s tacos definitely stood out to me as being an amazingly delicious recipe that I’d be oh so happy to devour immediately. I love the changes you’ve made. I’m a big cilantro lover (the more the better) and mango is my favorite fruit. Of all time. Ever. Beautiful dish!

DaisyMarch 10, 2011 - 9:28 am

Brian, these look so good! I love that you have been making warm weather inspired foods to help get you through winter. I adore winter and while I’m still all about snow/skiing (up north!) I agree, it can start to warm up now for more than a fleeting moment!! you hear me weather gods…..let there be warmth!

ElianaMarch 10, 2011 - 10:39 am

These tacos could certainly help me get through this last bit of winter. They would not look more gorgeous and of course, delicious.

TanviMarch 10, 2011 - 11:50 am

I am a fish taco fiend. These look as amazing as Azmina’s post.And yes I love the mango salsa too.

Lin AnnMarch 10, 2011 - 11:51 am

Congrats on Top 9 and good luck with the contest! I love fish tacos and make mine often with mango salsa because that’s my favorite flavor combo. Looks so fresh, and yes, summery. This meal should pull you out of your winter doldrums for a bit. Thanks for the link to grains of paradise, never heard of them and they sound wonderful.

Lora @cakeduchessMarch 10, 2011 - 2:43 pm

Wow Bri! These tacos do make me think of summer and look incredible! Soon my mango tree will be full and ready. Will you and E come visit and you can make these here :) Congrats on Top 9!!!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMarch 10, 2011 - 3:37 pm

These look so good! Fish tacos are one of my favorites… And, I’m always happy to try new versions that don’t require batter dipping and deep frying. I don’t do deep frying.

alyceMarch 10, 2011 - 3:46 pm

Love these flavors — mango, cilantro. Yum. Congrats on your top 9!

Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }March 10, 2011 - 10:27 pm

I have long wanted to make fish tacos and for some reason just have not done it yet. Now I have no reason since I have your wonderful recipe at my fingertips. Congrats on the Top 9 today!!!

IrvinMarch 11, 2011 - 1:56 am

I’m insanely in love with cilantro, so I would have devoured those in a second with the cilantro. That said, I certainly wouldn’t hesitate taking one or two of those. Especially with the mango salsa. That sounds fantastic!

Also, if I haven’t mentioned in the past, I’m obsessed with grains of paradise. Almost as much as with cilantro. And congrats on making the Top 9! Go you!

Ashley fitchMarch 11, 2011 - 10:59 am

Brian, you are such a genius. Just looking at your food makes me feel better!
Congratulations on making it to round 3- well deserved!

SuesMarch 11, 2011 - 7:43 pm

These look amazing! Absolutely stunning photos… I’m pretty obsessed with mangos and never say no to a fish taco. Plus, I’m a huge fan of Lawyer Loves Lunch!

Leslie UhlMarch 14, 2011 - 7:46 pm

Those look beautiful! Delicious indeed…

My Man's BellyMarch 14, 2011 - 8:26 pm

I love, love, love fish tacos. And the mango….well, you know I love mangos. Congrats on moving forward in the contest.

Mary @ Delightful BitefulsMarch 15, 2011 - 1:36 am

Ooo love that mango salsa!!!!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

blackbookkitchendiariesMarch 15, 2011 - 4:45 pm

wow this looks so lovely. mango salsa and fish tacos does make a good couple! thank you for sharing this.

Denise RomeoMarch 15, 2011 - 5:54 pm

Congratulations! Round 4 should be interesting! Good Luck!

JamieMarch 16, 2011 - 9:08 am

Oh lord yum I so want this now! If this doesn’t scream summer I don’t know what does! Congrats on getting to the next round! Yay you!

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Malli's Mint and MimosasMarch 24, 2011 - 9:25 am

Those are some tempting fish tacos and mango salsa. I love them especially since they are not deep fried….. my favorite!!

Debi (Table Talk)April 3, 2011 - 8:06 am

Don’t know how I missed this one; all of my favorite flavors wrapped up in a nice warm corn tortilla! Definitely ready for warmer weather and some of these fish tacos~

{Silent Sunday: Flour Bakery and Cafe}

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ElianaMarch 6, 2011 - 12:49 am

Jadore! Wish I could hope in a car and go there right now. Hopefully I will make it out to Boston some time this year and when I do, this is going to be my first stop.

EthanMarch 6, 2011 - 12:49 am

What a perfect post for Silent Sunday. A Sunday brunch at the Flour seems ideal. That cinnamon bun drowing in glaze and pecans is exactly how it should look!

Thanks for the photos. I felt like I was almost there myself.

A Plum By Any Other NameMarch 6, 2011 - 7:25 am

I just love Joanne Chang, everything she touches turns to gold … or pastry, rather. What a lovely reminder.

GeniMarch 6, 2011 - 7:27 am

What a lovely post!! The Flour cookbook was given to me this year for Christmas, and I’m finally visiting the bakery this week! If you could try only one or two items from Flour, what would it be??

Emily @ Life On FoodMarch 6, 2011 - 7:31 am

I have always wanted to try out this Bakery. I love the pictures. Now I must make it a priority next time I am in town.

BrianMarch 6, 2011 - 8:27 am

How fun! Isn’t the cookbook fantastic?

The best thing, in my opinion, is the sticky bun. But as folks will tell you, it can sometimes be hard to get (especially after the morning rush). Here’s my suggestion. When you’re getting ready to leave, call to see if they have it. If that one doesn’t, try the other two locations. It’s worth it.

Really, though, anything that has brioche in it is superb… so the chocolate brioche is not to be missed.


joanneMarch 6, 2011 - 8:36 am

Not gonna lie, I gasped when i saw the title of this post. One of my favorite Boston bakeries. Okay, who am I kidding. My FAVORITE Boston bakery.

ElizabethMarch 6, 2011 - 8:45 am

Brian, only you could manage to make a refrigerated case look pretty and attractive. You have no idea how many pastries I have photographed in a refrigerated case with less than desirable results.

MichelleMarch 6, 2011 - 9:09 am

Beautiful photos Brian!

Nisrine M.March 6, 2011 - 9:13 am

Looove the vintage finish of these pictures–so pretty.

The sticky bun alone is worth a trip to this bakery.

NinaMarch 6, 2011 - 9:17 am

Wow, you really captured it all in your photos. Fantastic post for a Sunday morning! Perfect, except that I am sitting here sans flour’s sticky-bun!

Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteMarch 6, 2011 - 9:22 am

Looks amazing. Wish I was there right now.

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)March 6, 2011 - 9:25 am

I’m in love with these photos! It makes me want to go out with my camera and just take a day to shoot things :)

Nelly RodriguezMarch 6, 2011 - 9:35 am

Love it! You are such a talented photographer :) Happy Sunday!

SMITH BITESMarch 6, 2011 - 9:39 am

i enjoy seeing you grow in your blog Brian – the photos, the writing – you’re breaking away from the pack and it is exciting to watch! this bakery sounds fabulous!

MeganMarch 6, 2011 - 9:40 am

Gorgeous pictures. I really want a hunk of Boston cream pie for breakfast now.

GregoireMarch 6, 2011 - 10:08 am

Very good feel form the photos, I like it very much… makes me want to seat down, have a latte, a sticky bun and just re-build the world with friends… :)

GregoireMarch 6, 2011 - 10:09 am

sorry for the typo, I meant “from the photos” :)

foodwanderingsMarch 6, 2011 - 10:14 am

You can’t imagine how many time did I mean to skip and go while we were up in Western Massachusetts. Happy you are giving me aglimpse into it. Which one is this one? In Boston, Cambridge? Thx Brian!!

adminMarch 6, 2011 - 10:17 am

Hey Shulie!

One day, you’ll have to take some time and bop around Boston. This is the one on Washington Street in Boston. There are two other locations… one in the Fort Point district and one in Cambridge.


Katrina @ In Katrina's KitchenMarch 6, 2011 - 10:21 am

Oh this place looks just lovely! Great pics! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you liked the Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies ♥- Katrina

GailMarch 6, 2011 - 10:25 am

Beautiful photos, as usual Brian. I love the way you edited them….that little sepia tone evokes a nostalgic whimsy.

kellypeaMarch 6, 2011 - 10:26 am

My first “read” on this very quiet Sunday morning…love her master muffin recipe, but sadly, the bakery is 3ooo miles from here. Thanks for the lovely visuals.

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMarch 6, 2011 - 11:20 am

I just adore your Silent Sunday posts. With each post, I feel like I’m actually there. Now I will glady take one of each of those delicious dessert. ;)

JenniferMarch 6, 2011 - 3:16 pm

Beautiful pictures. I wish I lived back east so I could get in the car and go and have a piece of that tiramisu.

Lora @cakeduchessMarch 6, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Hi Bri-I already wanted to come visit you and E…now I REALLY want to;)Flour looks amazing. Your photos, stunning as usual. Happy Sunday to you and E:)

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleMarch 6, 2011 - 6:15 pm

Looks like the perfect kind of place and the warmth of your photos projects it vividly. I would love some cheesy polenta with spicy tomato sauce please? And then one of those desserts…wait, make it ALL of those desserts.

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMarch 6, 2011 - 7:48 pm

Now you really have me excited for my cookbook to arrive. Thanks for the photo tour. If I can just get back to Boston again, Flour will be one of the first places I visit.

MeeshMarch 6, 2011 - 10:06 pm

absolutely beautiful! those photos really tell flour’s story. love it.

Kim @ Coffee Pot ChroniclesMarch 6, 2011 - 11:47 pm

Mmm. Looks fantastic…and the place to be on a Sunday morning with a good book and a cup of coffee in front of you on the table. Wonderful pictures, Brian. Thanks for sharing!

katMarch 7, 2011 - 11:07 am

Gorgeous shots

Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingMarch 7, 2011 - 12:08 pm

I lived in Boston for years but never had a chance to visit this bakery. What a lovely assortment of images… Thank you for sharing your talents and reminding me to try something new next time I’m back in my home city. :)

Chef DennisMarch 7, 2011 - 2:57 pm

hi Brian
while I wish I was close enough to that bakery to make it a regular stop I’m thankful that it is not, I would be even fatter than I already am!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful images with this of that incredible bakery

Belinda @zomppaMarch 7, 2011 - 3:07 pm

One of my sister’s favorites. =)

JamieMarch 8, 2011 - 12:11 am

Shhhh a silent Sunday isn’t a Sunday without a great corner bakery. How I miss these American big-city bakeries and you have captured not only the fabulous treats but the community as well. Perfect post! xo

Sara{OneTribeGourmet}March 8, 2011 - 1:35 am

gorgeous pics! *drool*

MeganMarch 8, 2011 - 10:59 am

I wish we had a fabulous bakery like that where I live! But then again, it might be a good thing we dont! I’m afraid I would visit it more then what would be considered “healthy”. ;)

GeniMarch 8, 2011 - 11:05 am

Thanks so much for the advice! I will definitely try calling the store!

Andrew FrishmanMarch 9, 2011 - 9:01 am

MMnnn. . . I LOVES me some silence.

Me encanta el silencio.

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMarch 10, 2011 - 2:54 pm


Oh, how I love Flour… And, all things Boston for that matter. Loved seeing this post and re-visiting vicariously through your photos. Just stunning!

Renee (Kudos Kitchen)March 10, 2011 - 6:04 pm

Lovely post and your photos make me feel like I’m right there with you. This bakery looks truly amazing and their logo is just about the cutest thing I’ve seen. Would make a fab trivet/tile (the way my mind works lately).

[...] was there I had a chance to visit Flour Bakery + Cafe. Looking through the stunning photos in this Silent Sunday post from A Thought for Food totally took me back. Now I’m craving a trip to Boston… And, some sticky [...]

AshMarch 12, 2011 - 12:45 pm

eeek! I want to go there now!! too bad I’m so far away!! :(

JazzRulesApril 12, 2011 - 4:22 pm

Joanne is a sweetheart and you captured one of my favorite parts of Flour, the hand-written decor!

{Recipe: Roasted Fennel and Apple Salad}

Whenever I tell someone I have a food blog, without fail, I am asked the question, “What kind of food do you like to cook?”  It’s a loaded question, to say the least… and it tends to leave me speechless.  I fumble over my answer, listing a few dishes that I like to make the most, but it doesn’t clearly express my style of cooking.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this question.  My cooking is certainly not refined… and it’s not elegant.  Decadent, maybe.  Elegant it is not.  The way I would describe my food is rustic, which I know is vague.  But, really, that’s the kind of food that I love. A platter of fresh grilled fish decorated with herbs, a bowl of oven roasted vegetables; dishes that are comforting and remind you of home and how soothing food can be.

While I sometimes plan out my meals, I tend to just work with what I have in the fridge.  My favorite way to cook is to just take a peak in the drawers and see what inspires me.  And, soon, a recipe is born.

Take, for example, this dish of roasted fennel and apple.  Now, I did start with a slight idea for what I wanted to make.  Fennel is something that I’d been craving for a while.  There are few things that I enjoy more than the subtle sweetness that develops when it’s been cooking in the oven.  There was the base, but what was I going to do to elevate it into something more?

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KatrinaMarch 4, 2011 - 12:13 am

What a fantastic recipe! I’ve roasted fennel before with great results, but looking forward to trying it with the apple and lemon next time as you suggest. Fennel is under-appreciated by the average home cook, but it’s such an easy vegetable to work with and has always given me great results. I love it served with pork as an alternative to potatoes.

I can completely relate to your cooking style and admit that I’m also inspired by whatever I happen to have on hand! Some of my best creations have come about by just trying to use things up from the fridge. New follower of your blog and looking forward to more of your posts!

Hester aka The Chef DocMarch 4, 2011 - 12:26 am

Oh Brian, what a lovely post! I agree with you that it is a loaded question. Gosh, now you’ve got me thinking hard about it! Perhaps I should put it on the back burner until finals are over? Haha. This is a fabulously simple and delicious dish. You and your man eat so well :-)

kankanaMarch 4, 2011 - 2:05 am

when i started my food blog about 2 months back , i shocked a lot of people and then i faced the same question you faced. I had no answer.. i told them what ever my tummy is craving for. I too never plan too much in advance unless there is party at home. This dish of yours is so simple and yet sounds so interesting and I can almost taste it :)
I love your clicks too .. i am still learning how to handle a camera and seriously speaking it’s like an addiction ! :)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenMarch 4, 2011 - 2:54 am

And this is why I think we are kindred cooking spirits! Simple and rustic equals perfection in my book! I don’t really do fussy food either, this is just the kind of dish I would make. And I agree with what Katrina said, fennel is such an underused veggie, such a shame really. I wonder why more people don’t use it?

Mikaela CowlesMarch 4, 2011 - 3:04 am

I hesitate when I tell people about my blog for the same reason. The other question I often get is why are you blogging. In some respects I think it’s good to know what sort of food I like to cook and why I spend so much time writing into a void. But, I also think if the people who were asking those questions took a moment to read my work, they wouldn’t have to ask.

Regardless, you now have a great answer. More importantly, you have another wonderful recipe.

EftychiaMarch 4, 2011 - 5:28 am

This salad looks so tasty. Thanks for sharing!

Lin AnnMarch 4, 2011 - 6:28 am

This is a great post, and I agree with you. Rustic is my style mostly and family style because that’s a reality for us – it’s just the way it is in my home. I try to present that concept, but not as elegantly and eloquently as you!

Lin AnnMarch 4, 2011 - 6:50 am

Oh, and your recipe sounds terrific!

Kimberly(Unrivaledkitch)March 4, 2011 - 7:26 am

I think that is the most widely asked question for anyone who has anything to do with food. I find myself having a hard time answering it too because I’ve changed my style so drastically but still incorporate all that i used to do into all the new things i do now. But i think that’s the best part of food, you never have to settle on one thing, it always changes and there’s always something to learn.

some of the best things are so simple. This is lovely.
thanks for sharing

MichelleMarch 4, 2011 - 7:49 am

I get asked that question all the time and I’d have to say that I have a home-style cooking. I love your rustic approach and this salad looks wonderful!

KathyMarch 4, 2011 - 8:11 am

I love roasted fennel! Swoon! This looks awesome – so simple and fresh. <3 Did you sprinkle some parm on it… I bet that would be amazing…

Lael HazanMarch 4, 2011 - 9:01 am

Cooking and eating for pleasure is to experience sensations that generate recognition and reassurance. As my MIL said Marcella’s Italian Kitchen, a book published 24 years ago,“Cooking well is like the telling use of language: Expression must be vigorous, clear, concise. There can be no unnecessary ingredient or unnecessary step.” Bravo

foodwanderingsMarch 4, 2011 - 9:09 am

Love fennel and this salad looks awesome. Funny whenever I say I got a food blog I am asked so which restaurants did you review?! lol Have a wonderful Friday baby boi!

Renee {Eat.Live.Blog}March 4, 2011 - 9:54 am

This looks so beautiful. I think that a lemon, olive oil dressing is always the way to go if you want to enhance your salad instead of hiding it. Love it.

FlaviaMarch 4, 2011 - 10:08 am

I’m asked the same question when I tell people I write a food blog, but I don’t stress about my answer–every food blog is unique and everyone has a different approach to the food they prepare and blog about. I personally gravitate to the rustic and “family style” recipes so that is what I blog about. And it’s why I love your blog, too!

I grew up eating fennel before many people knew what fennel was. My dad used to make a fennel gratin that was outstanding (then again, what isn’t outstanding with bechamel sauce and Parmigiano?). I love your take on this salad–fennel and apple are two ingredients that complement each other very well. Lovely!

The Hungry WriterMarch 4, 2011 - 10:09 am

I noticed yesterday that fennel is in abundance in my little french supermarket so your post is timely! The combination sounds delicious.

Michael @MikeVFMKMarch 4, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Brian, rustic food is fantastic and that’s exactly what this salad is. Roasted fennel and apple is a great flavour combination. Next time somone asks you that question, send them here. Love this!

Lora @cakeduchessMarch 4, 2011 - 12:13 pm

Two of my favorite flavors in a salad…brilliant! This salad must’ve been DELICIOUS! I could eat fennel every day. :)

Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingMarch 4, 2011 - 2:27 pm

This looks just wonderful! I love the flavors you used in this lovely salad. I’ve had dishes like this in restaurants but have never made it at home. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

ElizabethMarch 4, 2011 - 2:36 pm

Oh this really looks delicious. I love the way that flavors in fennel develop when they’re cooked. And with crisp apples and a splash of lemon? I’m sold.

MeetaMarch 4, 2011 - 2:37 pm

I love fennel in any way and every way! The salad looks incredibley fresh and a perfect no fuss type of dish I love!

blackbookkitchendiariesMarch 4, 2011 - 2:44 pm

i truly love the simplicity of this recipe:) thank you for sharing this lovely dish with us.

Pepy @Indonesia EatsMarch 4, 2011 - 3:15 pm

It’s perfect combo!

cupcakeMarch 4, 2011 - 3:24 pm

Rustic food is real food. If there is a trend in food right now I think that is it, real rustic eats. This looks so flavorful, very inventive Brian!

Food FrenzyMarch 4, 2011 - 4:25 pm

Such as a simple salad to create. By they way, great photos.

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EthanMarch 4, 2011 - 9:00 pm

Simple works, why mess when you use fresh and wonderful ingredients?
For what it’s worth, you may not think your food is elegant, but it certainly appears to be with your photography skills.

KitaMarch 4, 2011 - 9:08 pm

Ive read a few blogs recently where the writers are being asked some tough questions. Mine just want to know why I’m not huge… >.> I wish I got asked the good ones! Though, I am not sure how I would have answered this either. I tend to cook what makes me smile or what I think will challenge me. I am not sure what that says about my style though. This salad looks beautiful. I am starting to enjoy apples more and want to find more ways to incorporate them into my normal diet.

joanneMarch 5, 2011 - 8:10 am

I really hate getting asked that question. because truly, the answer is everything. I will eat anything once. And cook anything once. I don’t like to pigeon-hole myself.

I was SO glad to see that you cooked the fennel in this salad because I HATE raw fennel but LOVE cooked fennel. This sounds so perfectly simple that I’m totally going to have to make it to snack on this week!

bunkycooksMarch 5, 2011 - 8:55 am

I like that easy way of cooking and many things are better left done simply. I can imagine the flavors in this are delightful. Happy weekend to you!

Andrew FrishmanMarch 5, 2011 - 9:43 am

MMNnnnnn. . . I LOVES me fome apple salad especially when it fennely and roastedly!

¿Le gusta las manzanas . . . y como se siente de ESOS manzanas?

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenMarch 5, 2011 - 10:04 am

I can say that about my own cooking as well. You are so right, that questions has often perplexed me too. I end up saying presenting Indian cuisine in a modern and contemporary way. But the truth is I just like to peek into the fridge, put together a recipe and and invisibly or visibly give it an Indian touch. I love roasted fennel. I wasn’t a huge fan until a year ago where I had fennel roasted with some garlic and topped with butter. Since, then I’m huge fan. And I know I would love this :-)

LizMarch 5, 2011 - 1:45 pm

What a simple, elegant salad!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleMarch 5, 2011 - 4:30 pm

I could say the same thing…but at some point it’s no revelation or unique experience. I buy groceries without thought to what they will be for; unless I’m making an occasional special item that requires particular food choices. So a lot of what I prepare is bring together the ingredients on hand and even sometimes it’s forced by what might have been on hand a bit too long and I need to use…NOW!

I think it requires creative thought to do that…and I love the simple creativity in this dish.

Chef DennisMarch 5, 2011 - 9:25 pm

hi Brian

roasted fennel has become one of my favorite vegetables, apples sound like such a nice compliment to the lovely flavors of the roasted fennel….and I think you are quite an accomplished cook, and rustic is my favorite style…appealing good tasting food is never out of style!!
so keep those recipes coming, because we love them!

ElianaMarch 6, 2011 - 12:52 am

When people ask me that question – I say whatever tastes good. And there is no need for elegance when there is flavor. Hence this salad. Love how such simple ingredients can come together to make something great and uncomplicated.

MeganMarch 6, 2011 - 9:44 am

I’ve never played with fennel and this salad has me asking myself why not? It sounds wonderful paired with the apple. Simple can be so much better then fancy! ;)

AlessandraMarch 6, 2011 - 3:30 pm

I love fennel but I never cooked it this way, I should try! The problem is that here in New Zealand we don’t get so many … I will be in the look out now, they should be coming into seasons soon, and I am Italian: I need my fennels!!!!


Lovely blog, I’ll be back

snippets of thymeMarch 6, 2011 - 9:57 pm

I have wanted to know more about how to cook with fennel. This dish looks so interesting and different. I am just come across your blog and am going to look around a bit more.

Meg (The Red Spoon)March 6, 2011 - 11:18 pm

Haha! I always get asked the same question. I always reply “Everything!” then they give me a doubtful look… But it’s true. I can’t say Italian, or French or Cookies or Vegetarian because I cook it all. Food is good :)

MonetMarch 7, 2011 - 12:14 am

Hi sweet man. I’m sorry it has taken me this long to get to your post. I’ve been too busy! This salad looks beautiful. Like you, I often am inspired by what I have close to hand or home. Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a happy week. Your posts bring me joy…thank you for being you!

SasaMarch 7, 2011 - 6:33 am

It’s a question that leaves me as speechless as “what music do you like?” Odd because I have fairly strong likes and dislikes in both areas, I just don’t think I’m good at saying clarifying it. Beautiful pictures, I love the slightly dark mood.

katMarch 7, 2011 - 11:10 am

That salad just screams for a beautiful pork roast…oh I’m hungry now ;)

Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsMarch 7, 2011 - 12:29 pm

Love the fennel and apple combo! I also love fennel mixed in with bitter greens and a bit of lemon. I agree with you on the loaded question-I hate when people ask me that. I usually just say “vegetarian food.” Sounds lame.

Maria @ ScandifoodieMarch 7, 2011 - 10:13 pm

I just roasted fennel with pears the other day and it turned out delicious. I love how the aniseedy flavour turns sweet and mellow :-) This sounds beautiful!

JamieMarch 8, 2011 - 12:13 am

See, I actually think this is very elegant. A very pretty salad. I love fennel both cooked and raw and find your pairing with crispy sweet apples perfect.

Sara{OneTribeGourmet}March 8, 2011 - 1:34 am

Yum! I love the flavors of Fennel & Apple together!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMarch 8, 2011 - 9:19 pm

This is a lovely dish! I am sure the fennel and apples paired so beautifully together… Yum! Bookmarking this one.

I know this post has been up for a week or more but it’s so hard this week to keep up with anything! Maybe I need some of the nutrition in this delectable salad. Wonderful pairing of the fennel and apples, yum!

Fuji MamaMarch 15, 2011 - 11:24 am

Rustic is the best! It’s not snobby or overly complicated—it’s all about the food and flavors. Total comfort. This dish looks amazing in it’s simplicity.

{Time to Vote: The Marx Food Ridiculously Delicious Challenge}

VOTING IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for Round 2 of the Marx Food “ Ridiculously Delicious Challenge.” It will end at midnight on March 4th (Friday night, not Friday morning). 

About the Challenge:

The good folks at the Seattle-based establishment provided a handful of bloggers with a sample of eight ingredients and were asked to create an original recipe with two of them.  The recipes are now open to the public for voting.

The top 15 recipes will then go on to the final rounds, which will be judged by the wonderful folks at Marx Food.

Additional Voting Details:

You can vote once per IP address… which means, if you (or anyone in your household) votes at home, no one will be able to vote in that location again.  You can, however, vote at work, at Starbucks, at the library… wherever your heart desires.

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LirenMarch 1, 2011 - 10:18 am

Wishing you lots of luck!!! I’m off to vote!

katMarch 1, 2011 - 10:44 am

Good luck!

paul jennetteMarch 1, 2011 - 10:47 am

Done and done!! Best of luck to you;-p

MeganMarch 1, 2011 - 11:25 am

Good luck ! I’m on my way to vote.

sippitysupMarch 1, 2011 - 11:55 am

Good Luck. I can’t wait to see the competition at Marx. Off I go. GREG

AnnapetMarch 1, 2011 - 12:15 pm

I just voted!

MichelleMarch 1, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Good luck Brian!

MeganMarch 1, 2011 - 1:36 pm

Good luck!!

fooddreamerMarch 1, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Voted! Everything looks delicious, but scones are a long-time favourite of mine.

Chef DennisMarch 1, 2011 - 5:22 pm

best of luck my friend! your scones look amazing as always…..
off to vote!

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMarch 1, 2011 - 9:02 pm

There’s some stiff competition but you got my vote, of course. Looks like you’re doing well too.

JudyMarch 1, 2011 - 11:09 pm

Looks like you’re second at the moment. You got my vote.

Andrew FrishmanMarch 2, 2011 - 12:03 am

mmn. . . I loves me some scones. . . especially when they are competetive!

hasta las scones

MonetMarch 2, 2011 - 12:18 am

I’m voting for you, again and again! How could I not throw my full support behind one of my favorite men?

Debi (Table Talk)March 2, 2011 - 1:15 pm

You have my vote! Best of luck :)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMarch 2, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Good luck Brian! I’m off to vote right now! :)

IrvinMarch 2, 2011 - 5:35 pm

You got my vote! The scones sound marvelous!

EthanMarch 2, 2011 - 11:50 pm

You and your scones have been voted for! Good luck!

joanneMarch 3, 2011 - 6:45 am

You and me baby. Till the end.

ElianaMarch 3, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Oh I totally logged in my vote babe! Good luck.