Thursday, September 22, 2011

Foods of Pisces

Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are our water signs. Pisces was once said to be ruled by Jupiter, but Neptune is now considered to be the ruler. Pisces, the twelfth sign, is also connected to the twelfth house.

According to one Greek myth, Pisces represents the fish that Aphrodite and Eros turned into in order to escape the wrath of Typhon. The fish are tied together with a cord at the tails so they do not lose each other.

People born under this sign are said to be compassionate and adaptable, but they can also be over sensitive, self-pitying, and lazy.

Pisces rules the feet and the lymph system. The following list of foods, procured from various sources, is a list that the fish should consume. (The list even includes fish. Hmmm… Astrological cannibalism??)

Almonds, artichokes, endive, leeks, salmon, other fish, seafood, tarragon, apples, cabbage, figs, dates, grapes, olives, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Almond-Crusted Salmon with Leeks and Cream

• 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
• 2 medium leeks, halved, thinly sliced (white and pale green parts only)
• 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 1 cup whipping cream
• 1 cup sliced almonds, chopped
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1/2 cup all purpose flour
• 6 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
• 1 large egg, beaten to blend
• 2 tablespoons olive oil

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat
Add leeks; sauté 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until leeks are very tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
Increase heat to medium; add lemon juice and stir until liquid evaporates, about 1 minute.
Mix in cream.
Simmer until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly.
Transfer mixture to blender. Blend until smooth.
Strain sauce into same saucepan, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. (Sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Mix almonds, parsley, lemon peel, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper on plate.
Place flour on another plate.
Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper.
Dredge salmon in flour, shaking off excess.
Lightly brush 1 side of salmon with beaten egg.
Press brushed side of salmon into almond mixture, pressing lightly to adhere. Arrange salmon, nut side up, on baking sheet.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon oil in each of 2 heavy large skillets over medium heat.
Add half of salmon to each skillet, almond-coated side down, and cook until crust is brown, about 5 minutes. Turn salmon over. Sauté until salmon is cooked through and opaque in center, about 5 minutes. Transfer salmon to plates.

Reheat sauce, stirring over medium heat. Spoon around salmon and serve.

Serve the salmon with a potato gratin and you have a great meal for any Pisces.

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