Baked Lemon Cod, wine?

I love lemon.

Lemon loves fish.

Voilà!

This was great, even with dried winter herbs, but I look forward to doing it again with fresh tarragon and chives.

If we ever have spring…..

Baked Lemon Cod

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12oz (360gr) cod, halibut, or other firm, white fish, cut into smaller pieces if needed
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 3 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tbs flour
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp za’atar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp parsley

Baked Lemon Cod

Instructions:

  • Lightly oil baking sheet
  • Mix remaining oil and lemon juice in a flattish bowl.
  • Mix flour, lemon pepper, paprika, and za’atar in another flattish bowl.
  • Dip fish in oil / lemon, dredge in flour and place on baking sheet.
  • Add parsley to remaining oil / lemon and drizzle over fish.
  • Bake, 400F (200C) for 12 – 18 minutes, depending on thickness, until done.  Fish is done when it starts to turn opaque and flakes with a fork.
  • Remove and serve.

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We were in Bordeaux yesterday. For those who don’t know, Bordeaux is a fairly large city of around 250,000 people.

It is, of course, the heart of Bordeaux wine country and is surrounded by suburbs / towns with familiar names to wine lovers: Graves, Pessac, St. Émillion, Margaux, etc.

As one gets further away from the city proper there are the vineyards with their magnificent châteaux.

We’ve driven through the area often, tasting and buying wine.

We’ve driven through and around the city of Bordeaux often.

Yesterday, we took a different street out of the downtown area and right in the middle of the city was Château Haut-Brion, a Premier Grand Cru Classé vineyard, complete with château.

One minute we were driving past boulangeries and tabacs and moto shops and the next we were in the middle of one of the most expensive vineyards in the world. The starting price for 2014 was 240 euro. That was before they bottled it. You could expect to drink that vintage sometime after 2024.

If you want something drinkable now the 2006 is going for 570 euro ($630..)

And the 2005 can be had for a mere 1150 euro ($1265.00).

Those are retail prices, not restaurant prices, per bottle.

No we did not buy any (nor ever have we).

If you are interested in the history of Haut-Brion this is the wiki link. It was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson…..

Once past the vineyard, it was back to cafes and florists and coiffures….

It was all rather surreal.

Last update on February 26, 2016

8 thoughts on “Baked Lemon Cod, wine?”

  1. I had an Haut-Brion, once. It was 1971, I was just out of the Navy, poor and in college. I had a wine book I was studying. I saw the bottle at a liquor store in Modesto, CA. It was $12.00, which was WAY too much money for me to spend. I bought it anyway. I couldn’t appreciate it, but I drank it anyway. Tasted like red wine, but far better than the $5/gallon-jug red wine I was drinking at the time. ?
    Chuck

  2. How bizarre that the chateau is right in the middle of the city!!

    …I’ve heard of Haut-Brion. I might have even seen a bottle once in a display case. But that’s as close as I’ll ever get.

    It reminds me of the time we were on a bicycling holiday and rode into St.Emilion at around 4pm in the middle of vendage – we had no hotel reservations. According to the tourist office, there was one hotel that still had a room. We pedalled over. As soon as we saw the front desk, we knew it was out of our league. But the man insisted that we look at his “last room for the night”. We reluctantly agreed to look. He pulled a giant key from under the desk, walked out from behind the desk and led us outside and across the street to a giant stone house (16thc???). He kept trying to get us to go inside to look but we kept saying we couldn’t possibly; our bicycles would get it dirty – we’d get it dirty.

    We ended up, thanks to this wonderful man phoning for us (!), riding about 10km out of St.Emilion to one of the highway hotels. Still a little pricey by our standards but at least it wasn’t premier cru prices….

  3. Tanna, it was very strange. They weren’t open which was too bad. If we ever find it again….

    Kate, Lemon wine…. I think we made that in university….. I think it was awful.

    Zoomie, that it was.

    Brassfrof, lucky you! Too bad you can’t go back and taste it again. $12 was a lot for a bottle of wine back then…. and that was before the prices went crazy.

    Elizabeth, St. Emillion is kind of pricey anyway – but what a fun story and such a gorgeous area to be riding bikes in. We’re getting our ready for summer – can’t wait!

  4. I wish we were having this instead of what I have planned. We love cod. Good flavor and texture. Always delicious.

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