Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Good Luck 2010 with 7 Bean and Kale Stew with Grilled Salmon


Please raise a glass to 2010. It’s the first breath of a new year and hope waxes. I hope that life offers my friends and family more than they can desire; babies, marital bliss, jobs, and joy accordingly. Most importantly, let health and happiness be with us in this year.

And, because I have an eternal belief that food always makes it better; here is my good luck 2010 dish: 7 bean and kale stew with grilled salmon and pumpkin corn bread. Symbolism abounds here—beans are symbolic of coins; kale for money; salmon for moving forward; black-eyed peas for prosperity; pomegranate for fertility. And, hey, if all these good luck ingredients don’t work, at least it tasted good.

7 Bean and Kale Stew with Grilled Salmon
Measure out ¼ cup of the canary beans, black-eyed peas, adzuki beans, chickpeas, moong dal, cannellini and soak overnight.

In a slowcooker:
Add beans, drained
2 bay leaves
8 black peppercorns
1 T pomegranate molasses
1 t lemon zest
5-6 coriander seeds
2 small onions, quartered
2 medium carrots cut in coins
½ sweet potato diced very large
2 celery sticks, chopped very coarsely (large)
2 t salt
1 T soy sauce
½ T mirin
1/2 inch ginger, whole
2-3 pieces pickled ginger
Barely cover with veggie stock.

Cook on low for 8.5 hrs.

In a skillet:
Add 1 T butter, 2 T olive oil, 1 T slivered ginger. Remove the ginger. Add 1 wild salmon filet that has been salted. Sear skin side. Flip when brown. Turn of the heat and cover a few minutes. Serve medium rare.

In the same skillet, sautée kale until just cooked.

Serve topped with the sauteed ginger and minced ginger. (Or pickled ginger.)


shaz said...

Wishing you and your family a very happy start to 2010. I've enjoyed visiting your blog and look forward to more goodies in the new year.

NKP said...

Delish! I love that this is made in the slow cooker too.
This was a rough year for us too, I am looking forward to a fresh start for 2010.
Happy New Year to you and yours.

Johanna GGG said...

happy new year Maybelle's mom - I hope you are doing well and have a good year coming up for you and your family and that food continues to mean much to you

grace said...

the more beans, the better, i always say. who can refute that? lovely stew, and a happy new year to you. :)

glamah16 said...

Happy New Year. You have given me an idea to mix my Black Eye Peas and Adzucki Beans.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Beautiful! I hope you and your family have all possible joy in 2010.

pam said...

I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Carri said...

Happy New Year to you! May your 2010 be both tasty AND delicious!

Thistlemoon said...

Looks delicious, and I absolutely love the symbolism in the ingredients! Happy New Year!

dv6000 said...

very nice! Delicious! I am so hungery!

Kate/Kajal said...

Hey this is very nutritious and delicious at the same time. Very original !
Wish you and your family a fabulous 2010

lisaiscooking said...

The pomegranate molasses in the stew sounds delicious. Hope your new year is getting off to a great start!

Dharm said...

Happy New Year dear friend! All blessings to you and yours.

~~louise~~ said...

A very Happy New Year, MM.

I just never tire of slow cooker recipes. I especially enjoyed your use of symbolic food for the occasion. Thank you so much for sharing.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

What an excellent start to the new year. It never hurts to add a little luck into the mix!!!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Wow cool, love the symbolic aspect. This sounds so healthy and yet it looks incredibly delicious, a tough balance to achieve. Nicely done:-)