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.)

Cheers,

*Heather*

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!!
Paul

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.

Jason

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!!
Dennis

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!

[...] The first recipe I made was a Chocolate-Cherry Scone with Saffron and the second recipe was for Chermoula Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, both turned out to be quite a hit among family and [...]

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.

-B

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.

-B

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
cheers
Dennis

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

*swoon*

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!
Cupcake

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!
Cheers
Dennis

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!!!!

ciao
Alessandra

PS
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.

Silent Sunday: The Butcher Shop

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Beautfiul pictures, Brian! I have to say, this is really… I don’t know… arousing in a way.

Kim at Coffee Pot ChroniclesFebruary 27, 2011 - 12:31 am

Wonderful pictures, Brian! Although I have to say, the thought of duck liver mousse kind of grosses me out. Hmm. Interesting, but a tad gross to me.

Andrew FrishmanFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:00 am

MMnn. . . I loves me some vegetarians, especially when they blog about meat.

Si Dios no quiere que comer animales, ¿por qué ellos hacen de la carne?

Angie's RecipesFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:05 am

You took some really great pictures here!

IrvinFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:44 am

Gorgeous photos! I love it. It makes me want to come visit Boston.

bunkycooksFebruary 27, 2011 - 7:48 am

I love those kinds of places! I will definitely have to check them out next time I’m in Boston.

Belinda @zomppaFebruary 27, 2011 - 8:43 am

Gorgeous photos – this guy is like an artist in his own way.

Lora @cakeduchessFebruary 27, 2011 - 9:41 am

As close to Italy as you can get…wow! I wish there was a place like that here near me. I love the retro feel to some of those photos. GORGEOUS!!!!!!I have to disagree with Kim-duck liver mousse must be amazing. Guess it’s an acquired taste;)

joanneFebruary 27, 2011 - 9:53 am

Haha I highly expect that this is the most meat I shall ever see on your blog. Beautiful photos though.

foodwanderingsFebruary 27, 2011 - 10:24 am

This is really a nice snippet. I love the collage of the pictures really brings me to the place and I need to remember it when coming to boston:).

katFebruary 27, 2011 - 10:47 am

I’d love a place like that here!

MeganFebruary 27, 2011 - 11:51 am

What a cool place Brian, thanks for sharing. We have nothing even close to this where I live. :(

SteffanyFFebruary 27, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Oh man, I went to The Butcher Shop when my parents were in town about two weeks ago and it CHANGED MY LIFE. I am never in that area of town because I live all the way out in Brighton, but it turns out the South End kind of rocks my socks off.

SaraFebruary 27, 2011 - 12:42 pm

Beautiful Brian! A snapshop at European/East coast life that I truly love!

TimFebruary 27, 2011 - 2:28 pm

These are some fantastic photos. All of them are exceptional but I really do like the photo taken from inside, looking out the window with the words of the business in reverse.
Keep posting, you are a true artist!

Tim

Josie Lee SuskáFebruary 27, 2011 - 3:00 pm

Beautiful atmospheric pics, of course, but my mind drifts to a practical point. Living in Czech Republic I visit the butcher often and there is an unmistakable aroma that, while not unpleasent in itself, I would have a hard time hanging out with a glass of vino in. Great idea, the wine bar part, just curious if it works out in practice.

Good point, Andrew. There’s something irresistible about a pile of meat. I kill my own and I love it. Now don’t think I am a freak or something. I just hunt and farm. We also sell beef and when we show it people, they literally go into a frenzy. I’ve seen it happen. I believe our mostly pescaterian friend Brian here had the same experience!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleFebruary 27, 2011 - 5:21 pm

Not a place I expected you to post about and those photos of MEAT are fabulous. Guess you don’t have to eat it to take great pics of it right?

Looks like an amazing place…makes me want to schedule another trip to Boston. Soon.

Michael @MikeVFMKFebruary 27, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Brian,

A picture tells the tale, and in the case it’s a delicious one. Lovely images, beautiful butcher shop and another great post. Great Silent Sunday edition!

MichelleFebruary 27, 2011 - 6:17 pm

Beautiful photos Brian!

Chef DennisFebruary 27, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Brian, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful images with us. I wish we had a butcher shop like this close to home, it would be a joy to shop in.
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend my friend.
Dennis

Jenn@slim-shoppinFebruary 27, 2011 - 10:38 pm

Love the pictures of that place, what a wonderful place to go!

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenFebruary 28, 2011 - 2:42 am

Nothing beats good meat and my man would agree on that too. We have the Butcher shop here in Kuwait as well but I didn’t end up enjoying my experience so much as I expected, but I have heard all good things about it worldwide!

anhsfoodblogFebruary 28, 2011 - 8:02 am

AMAZING! The photos tell a story. I wish I could visit this butcher and experienced all the goodies there!

Jason @ Shutter&SauteFebruary 28, 2011 - 9:15 am

Oh how I long for the day of a proper butcher shop in my city… Duck. Liver. Mousse. Mmmm.

JudyFebruary 28, 2011 - 10:52 am

Your photos are always amazing. I left you a Stylish Blogger Award at http://www.foodbuzz.com/blogs/3338083-award-and-an-update.

ElianaFebruary 28, 2011 - 12:22 pm

This place looks like a must visit for the next time I am in Boston.

Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingFebruary 28, 2011 - 3:41 pm

These are such beautiful images and nice reminders of my favorite city… and hey, that butcher’s not bad lookin’ either (said from a happily married woman), haha!

KitaFebruary 28, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Beautiful photos and beautiful place. I am envious that I live near nothing with such character.

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsFebruary 28, 2011 - 7:16 pm

I’m always in awe at how gorgeous your photos are! Once again, stunning photos! :)

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMarch 1, 2011 - 3:36 pm

Lovely photos!! I’m totally craving some meat… And a trip to Boston!

Chocolate Cherry Scones with Saffron

There are a number of things about cooking that get me excited, but what really pumps me up is when I get the opportunity to play with ingredients I’ve never used before.  Which is why I was thrilled when I received a box of “mystery ingredients” last week from Marx Food for their Ridiculously Delicious Challenge.  The box arrived at Eric’s office in the middle of the work day,  so he sent me a picture from his phone of the contents.

I was thrilled to see the variety of ingredients that were included… szechuan peppercorns, dill pollen, juniper berries.  But what immediately jumped out at me were a bag of dried tart cherries and a tiny container of saffron threads.

Now, I’ve had many occasions to work with dried cherries (which I love), but saffron was a different story.   So before cooking with it, I decided to do a little research.

Saffron threads come from the flower of the saffron crocus plant.  Based on everything that I’ve read, it appears that the saffron crocus is very temperamental and does particularly well in the hot, dry climates of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean, hence its popularity in such places as Spain, Italy, and Turkey.  They are cultivated by extracting the threads from the blossoms, which is an incredibly labor intensive process. Once the saffron plant has bloomed, the three threads are carefully removed from the center of the flower.

The pairing of saffron, with its slightly floral notes, along with chocolate and cherries seemed like a natural one.  Now I could have done a number of things with this: a chocolate  souffle with a cherry compote or some handmade truffles.  But I was worried that  if it wasn’t handled correctly, the saffron be overpowered by the other ingredients.  Whatever I was going to make needed to have balance.  And that’s when the idea of scones popped into my head.

Scones have always had a calming effect on me and I feel lost when a weekend goes by without a fresh batch in the oven.  What I’ve always enjoyed about scones, even more so than muffins or any other breakfast pastry, is how they let the ingredients shine.  A good scone isn’t overly sweet and it allows all of the components to have their moment.  It’s all about balance.

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Ken⏐hungry rabbitFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:09 am

Nice combination of cherries and saffron- sweet and earthy notes. I see eating these with a nice cup of tea.

Kim- Liv LifeFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:15 am

Not something that I would have though to pair, however I’m really intrigued! I have both in my pantry and just may have to put the together and see for myself. Nicely done!

Josie Lee SuskáFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:29 am

Intrigued my the saffron addition…I share your appreciation for the good weekend scone’s low-key flavours. Will think about adding in some of my precious “threads” next time!

Andrew FrishmanFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:35 am

Mmnn. . . I LOVES me some scones, especially when they have spices that are worth more than their weight in gold in them!

Me pregunto sobre la naturaleza de gourmet-ismo. . . ¿Puede ser moral y éticamente defendido? ¿Es simplemente la gula con otro nombre? ¿Es hiper-consumismo?

Felice - All That's Left Are The CrumbsFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:12 am

I have never used saffron before but I’d love to try it in these scones. What an intriguing combination.

MeetaFebruary 24, 2011 - 3:04 am

I absolutely adore saffron and you’ll find many recipes on WFLH with saffron. But here is one I think I will be trying soon – cherry and saffron = big heart!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenFebruary 24, 2011 - 3:07 am

What a creative way to use saffron! I would love to receive a mystery box full of ingredients, that sounds like fun. Just a boxful of recipes waiting to happen!

Mike @theflavorjunkieFebruary 24, 2011 - 6:50 am

Brian, what a great looking scone. Love the flavour combintation too! I love tart cherries combined with chocolate and saffron is such an interesting pairing that I’d love to try bite. Great post!

TiffanyFebruary 24, 2011 - 7:09 am

I am all about this recipe! Last summer, I made a saffron chai-tea cookie with cranberries and pistachios and realized how amazingly good saffron is in sweet baked goods! Thanks for sharing!

LizFebruary 24, 2011 - 7:14 am

Gorgeous scones…and I bet adding saffron gave a lovely undertone~

SheenaFebruary 24, 2011 - 7:19 am

The flavours in this scone sound simply beautiful, I especially like the sound of the cherries paired with the saffron. These would make a delicious breakfast :)

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)February 24, 2011 - 7:53 am

Beautiful and delicious! Cherries and chocolate are a perfect pair. They look/sound fantastic in this scone. I’d never think to add in saffron, but now I have to give it a try :)

Victoria (District Chocoholic)February 24, 2011 - 8:09 am

Chocolate and cherries are a wonderful combination – and I can only imagine the depth that the saffron adds. Very nice!

SMITH BITESFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:21 am

yep – you hit the ball out of the park with this one Brian . . . chocolate, cherries and saffron = happy tummy indeed . . . these, and a latte and i’m set for the weekend!

JenniferAFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:25 am

Oh my – those dried cherries look outstanding! You are so creative – I never would have thought of saffron in a scone, but why not?

MichelleFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:31 am

The addition of saffron to this scone brings it to another level! Simply lovely Brian.

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Foodies on the FlyFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:53 am

What a great combination! Good luck with the food challenge!

MeganFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:53 am

Brilliant to use it in a scone. I bet those were pretty darn tasty! Good luck in the contest!

The Chocolate PriestessFebruary 24, 2011 - 9:21 am

Interesting. Marx sent me a few products to try and I’ve been struggling with how to combine them with chocolate so I can review them. They sent me mushrooms and chili peppers — not something I normally think of with chocolate and I’m struggling to find any feasible recipes.

RavieNomNomsFebruary 24, 2011 - 9:29 am

That recipe is awesome!

Lauren at Keep It SweetFebruary 24, 2011 - 9:43 am

Definitely not something I would have thought of! Beautiful scones.

foodwanderingsFebruary 24, 2011 - 9:57 am

Hey Bri, Saffron grabbed my attention. Pics look very attractive. Isn’t it amazing how little pinch of saffron carries a dish/recipe a long way?! Nice!!

Krista, Monday BakerFebruary 24, 2011 - 10:30 am

These look great! I want to hunt down saffron just so I can understand what these might taste like. and thank you for including a description of where saffron comes from/what it is.

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomFebruary 24, 2011 - 10:46 am

Sounds like you’ve got more fun ahead with the other contents of that box. Great mix of tastes in your scones. Never thought of adding saffron to a sweet pastry.

SaraFebruary 24, 2011 - 11:11 am

These scones sound so easy yet so chic! Chocolate cherry and saffron…seems like a food gift to a goodess! I have never tried such a trio of ingredients. On my wish-to-bake-soon-list!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleFebruary 24, 2011 - 11:12 am

Very interesting combination…the chocolate and cherry not so much but saffron which I think of for savory dishes (that is when I decide to mortgage my home and buy some) but you’re right, on it’s own it is floral…so nice call!

LirenFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Brian, what a smart combination! Sara is right, it is very chic – what a wonderful way to use your box of loot!

LeinanaFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Very intriguing combination of flavors! And your scones came out so beautiful!

AlessioFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Sounds lovely! Saffron is kinda tricky 2 use, far 2 easy to abuse… It is quite an interesting spice though!
By the way, if you do not use those grains of paradise send them over :D I’m dying to try them in some medieval recipes ;p

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Ooh… These are intriguing to me. I never would have thought to pair saffron with the chocolate and cherries. That said, it sounds really good!

SomaFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:14 pm

Chocolate Cherry and Saffron! I am sold. Lovely lovely combination Brian and I want some with my cuppa.

Cheryl and AdamFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:27 pm

What an intriguing flavor combination. Although I never thought of adding saffron to a sweet, I’ll bet it’s really nice, especially with the tart cherries…

Jason @ Shutter&SauteFebruary 24, 2011 - 4:20 pm

I would love to do some experimenting with saffron, smells so great!

angiFebruary 24, 2011 - 9:44 pm

Ooo cherries and saffron – what a creative pairing! Also, what an awesome box of loot – I love Szechuan peppercorns but what are you going to do with juniper berries?

The Farmers WifeFebruary 25, 2011 - 12:32 am

Those look so yummy! Totally something I could see myself eating with a giant cup of coffee!!

EthanFebruary 25, 2011 - 12:53 am

Nothing like scones and tea. And these sound especially good, I’m intrigued by the saffron!

Jill ColonnaFebruary 25, 2011 - 4:12 am

Love the saffron in there. Your scones look delicious. You’ve got me on a hunt now for dried cherries!

blackbookkitchendiariesFebruary 25, 2011 - 7:44 am

wow! these scones look amazing… i love how you added saffron to it..that is very creative! thank you for sharing this and have a great weekend ahead.

DanaFebruary 25, 2011 - 9:08 am

What a fun package to receive! I love the use of saffron in these scones… I typically think of it being used in more savory dishes. I’ll definitely vote… just remind me!

Lora @cakeduchessFebruary 25, 2011 - 10:55 am

Hi Bri-These look incredible. I love dried cherries and can only imagine how good it is with saffron. My favorite shot is the one of the saffron…stunning!:)Hope you and E have a nice weekend.

ElianaFebruary 25, 2011 - 11:34 am

I would have never thought of baking with saffron but these scones sound amazing! And can we talk about how amazing your pic are! Love them.

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsFebruary 25, 2011 - 12:09 pm

What gorgeous scones! I love chocolate and cherries together but would have never throught to add saffron. You’re so creative with your recipes! :)

arthurFebruary 25, 2011 - 2:24 pm

Love eating scones for breakfast! I’ve got to try your recipe! It just sound so delicious!Thanks for sharing!!!

Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingFebruary 25, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Wow, what a unique use for saffron! I bet the flavor combination is just magical. Thank you for sharing these scrumptious scones and the recipe.

Angie's RecipesFebruary 25, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Chocolate scones with saffron….that’s something I probably wouldn’t have thought of putting together…what a brilliant idea!

joanneFebruary 25, 2011 - 11:32 pm

I really wanted to do a sweet recipe for this challenge but then when I saw what the next part would be, I thought I would save myself for that :P These scones look fantastic! I’ve never really dabbled much in saffron before and it’s so fun to see it used and allowed to really shine!

MonetFebruary 26, 2011 - 12:22 am

I always think of you when I make or eat scones…and that, my friend, is a good association to have. I haven’t done much with saffron either, but I listened to a great segment on NPR the other week (speaking of NPR, I saw that article on Boston’s network….congrats!) Thanks for sharing, sweet friend. I hope you have a splendid weekend full of sleep, laughter and love!

Chef DennisFebruary 26, 2011 - 4:17 pm

hi Brian
you do make the perfect scone….and you my friend are a master at combining flavors….what a wonderful idea adding saffron to baked goods….I think the cost keeps us from using it more, but I have a tin of saffron just begging to be used…..
thanks so much for the inspiration!
Dennis

katFebruary 28, 2011 - 10:38 am

Saffron is such an unusual ingredient in these!

Fuji MamaFebruary 28, 2011 - 8:53 pm

What an amazing combination! I love scones . . . can’t wait to try this recipe!

ShannonMarch 1, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Definitely a delicious creation from the box :) It’s amazing how versatile saffron is, i tried it in a peach ice cream this summer!

Donna CurrieMarch 2, 2011 - 12:41 am

Nice use of the saffron! A lot of us used cherries, but yours is the first that I’ve seen so far that used saffron. The scones look really good, too. Nice job, and good luck with the contest!

These look fantastic! You have my vote!

The Food HunterMarch 3, 2011 - 5:14 pm

They look great.

The Food HunterMarch 4, 2011 - 3:20 pm

I love the combination

Leslie UhlMarch 5, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Another delicious way to use those now nearly-non-existent cherries! (They’re SO GOOD!) I love scones, too- what a great combo!

LuiseMarch 13, 2011 - 11:00 am

When I need something really comforting (and unhealthy) to
my tea, I always choose scones! And this recipe, oh my, it looks so yummy! love the cranberry saffron combo!

LuiseMarch 13, 2011 - 11:11 am

Did I write cranberries…? I of course meant cherries…!

BrianMarch 13, 2011 - 11:21 am

I kind of liked the idea of cranberries. Maybe sweetened though. Will have to give it a try! ;-)

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What a great recipe, this will be my go to scone recipe from now on. Love this flavor combo and the texture/flavor of the scones. Thanks!

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