Monday, February 27, 2012
Tarragon and Mint Marlin & WIP
Here's an unusual combination of spices which turned out rather tasty on marlin fillets. I sauteed ginger and shallots in a saucepan and then sprinkled the marlin fillets with tarragon and mint. Once the ginger and shallots were soft and just browning, I placed the marlin in the saucepan to cook over medium high heat. When one side was brown I covered the pan to cook it through since the marlin is a thick fillet. Don't over cook marlin otherwise it will be dry and tough.
I started to make a painted lady today, but somehow I ended up with a large square canister. This one is about 12 x 6 x 7 inches. I'm not even sure what a canister this size with a lid would be used for. It looks art deco in style with the handle shape. I planned on three colors but the thin strips I cut out and stained dried out so I couldn't use them. So I've used two colors, orange and aqua. Well there is some black but I planned on using gray strips over the orange sprigs. I'm going back this morning for more deco (not sure what yet) so this is only a sneak peak through the plastic..
Later I decided to make a lid since the embellishments I planned didn't work out. It was getting late and I was running out of clay which was firm enough to use so I had to improvise. I put two pieces together for the handle and made a raised stand for the handle to make the opening big enough to fit my hand. Then I had to make a gallery out of several pieces of clay. I never seem to cut out enough slabs for these large pieces. I think feet would be nice on this piece but too late now. Maybe I can add another material like metal or something after firing. Oh well, better planning next time. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.