Broiled Hake, Polenta, Cheese and Fresh Salsa

Broiled Hake, Polenta and Cheese hiding under a huge delicious mound of Fresh Salsa

After a sweltering day, and a flat tire, Theresa and I finally arrived home a little tired and hungry.  We had planned something mexican themed with chicken for dinner, but had gotten fresh Hake from Cape Ann’s Fresh Catch CSF.  Theresa, came up with the idea of broiled fish on top of polenta and cheese with a fresh salsa.  It worked out very well, utilizing our fish and a lot of the tomatoes we still have from Red Fire Farm, while being tasty, and equally quick.

The Broiled Cumin Seed Crusted Hake on top of Polenta

The hake was crusted with cumin seeds, and broiled on low for about 15 minutes.  The polenta was just cornmeal from Wood Prairie Farm that was cooked with water on the stove until it got creamy.  The cheese (which has yet to be added in the photo) was just shredded garlic farmstand cheese from Chase Hill Farm.

The Fresh Salsa... yum!

The fresh salsa was very easy to put together.  I chopped about 7 medium heirloom tomatoes, 2 onions, 5 cloves of garlic, 1 bell pepper, 1/2 a bunch of parsley, and mixed it all together.  I added about 1 tsp of lime juice (the last of our old bottle) and 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp of hot sauce, and salted and peppered to taste.  Mixed it all together, and it was very tasty! I made a lot, and so our fish and polenta pretty much was swimming in it- but it was a delicious swim.

For dessert, we had found an old baggy of two bananas at the bottom of our freezer (when we were frantically reorganizing to make space about a month ago)  and made ‘frozen banana treat.’ This is a dessert idea we got from Niki and David Golbeck’s American Wholefoods Cookbook.  You take a couple of frozen bananas, you cut them up a little bit, stick them into a food processor, and process them until it makes an amazingly creamy frozen paste, like thick banana ice cream.  I did not take a picture, but I assure you, if you have not tried banana treat, it is worth it…. granted, maybe not worth the imported non-local nature of most bananas.  It was a nice treat for us… since it has been a very long time since we have eaten banana (we haven’t bought bananas for something like a year now).

This was a nice quick dinner and dessert for us.  It greatly helped lift our spirits after our hot and exasperating day.

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