May 22, 2013. Behind The Scenes
Posted by John
Once in a while I get to engage in a little product testing, but seldom is a piece so fun and interesting that there is much testing to be done at all. The soon-to-be-rolled-out Chateau Kitchen Island (in stores late summer) offers so many features, I felt the best way to show them all off was to include you in a full scale product test, and tonight we are making fish tacos! (Recipe below.)
First off, if you are in need of some extra counter space in your kitchen, this might the solution for you. The solid black-granite top measures around 40” x 22”, perfect for prepping everything I need for my fish tacos. Beyond that this there is plenty of added storage. Underneath you get two drawers and two doors—baskets not included—that open on either side. This is great for accessing the storage no matter what side you are on. Alternatively, you could easily put the island against a wall and still get to what you need. And did I mention the wine storage? 20 bottles worth!
As I get further into making dinner I instinctively reach for some wine; nothing makes cooking more fun than a pre-tasting of the vino. Tonight’s feature is a blush from Dirty Laundry Winery in Summerland BC—perfect for some spicy fish tacos. But where to put my wine so it isn’t in the way of prepping? The island also features a handy pull-out cutting board on each end.
On each end you also get an optional towel bar; if you want to butt one end of the island up against the wall just leave one off. An additional update we’ve made is to include recessed wheels underneath so the island is easy to move around if you want to keep it mobile—the apron on the end lifts up with the flick of a toe to expose the locking wheel. I should mention that the island will be in a beautiful silver-grey finish that wasn’t yet created when our sample was—the look is very similar if not better. Not only is it a gorgeous new finish, it will be featured on our fall dining introduction, also called Chateau. Watch for that one in stores late this summer and check back here in July for a preview of the full collection!
Simple Fish Tacos: This is a fun and easy dish that always pleases. I highly recommend having fun with it by creating your own variation.
- Halibut, snapper, or similar white fish
- 2 or 3 limes
- Your favorite spices for the fish. I use cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, salt & pepper…
- Panko bread crumbs—these brown nicely and soak up less oil than conventional bread crumbs
- Guacamole; homemade always over store bought!
- Mexican-style coleslaw (I make this with shredded cabbage, carrots, corn, a little chipotle mayo and whatever spiciness I have in the kitchen)
- Corn tortillas
- In shallow dish, mix your spices with the Panko bread crumbs
- In another dish add the juice of 2 or 3 limes
- Cut the fish into strips that will fit nicely into the tortillas
- Dip the fish in the lime juice and then coat in the bread crumb mixture
- Pan-fry the fish in medium-high using a little of your favorite cooking oil—try coconut oil for a really tropical taste—until the coating is a nice golden brown, being careful not to overcook the fish
- Heat up the tortillas, get your slaw, guacamole, and hot sauce handy
You can make the tacos for everyone, but I like to let guests create their own. It’s more fun for them and less work for you! Enjoy!