In The Kitchen With Henry (My Dad)

Yellow-Tail in Red Coconut Curry Sauce  
Red Coconut Curry Ingredients
Red Coconut Curry Ingredients

In the kitchen with my Dad
Lifts my spirits, makes me glad.

Known as Papa, Henry or Hank
For him I have so much to thank.

Infectious smile, loves to laugh
Nothing he does he does by half.

Generous, well-mannered, gracious to boot
The thing about Dad, he is so cute!

Ask HIM, he’d say suave and debonair
With a puffed-out chest and a haughty air.


Papa Henry
Papa Henry

But really his ways are gentle, disarming
He’s witty and loving and very charming.

My mind’s eye sees him with book in hand
Letters and words at his command.

Disturb him while he reads the news
It’s the perfect way to light his fuse.

Now, try as he might to hide his belly
He cannot help but stop at the deli.

No matter he ate a five course meal
A bologna sandwich must seal the deal.

Wakes up in the morn’ at the crack of dawn
Lunches by ten and succumbs to a yawn.

So I’m down for a visit to cook up a dish
He caught with friend Rick, a yellow-tail fish.

Red coconut curry, the sauce divine
Creamy and spicy, it tastes so fine.

So, thank you, dear Dad,  for a great weekend
You’re an exceptional father and truly great friend.

Coconut Red Curry Fish
Coconut Red Curry Fish

Yellow Tail in Red Curry Sauce

4 White Fish Filets
1 1/2  Tablespoons Seasoned Salt
1 Teaspoon Ground Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Curry Sauce
1 Large Yellow Onion (sliced)
1 Garlic Clove (minced)
1 Cup Parsley
1 Cup Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Red Chili Pepper Flakes
1/2 Teaspoon Coriander
3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 Teaspoon Coarse Salt (or to taste)
1  Teaspoons Ground Pepper (or to taste)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil and saute the onion and garlic with the curry powder, red chili pepper flakes, coriander, coarse salt and ground pepper.  Cook on medium-low until the onions are soft.  Blend in the tomato sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes and set the pan aside.

Lightly coat the fish with olive oil.  Flavor it generously with seasoned salt and ground pepper.  Coat the bottom of a second pan with olive oil.  Turn the heat to medium-high and sear the fish for color, about 2-3 minutes.  If your fish has skin, it does not have to be seared on the second side.  Lay the filets on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam or other cooking spray.  Place in the oven for about 7-8 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.

While the fish is in the oven, turn the curry sauce pan on low and add the coconut milk and heavy cream.  Simmer for a few minutes to heat it up and then add most of the fresh chopped parsley.

When the fish is ready, set it over a bed of sauteed spinach and pour the curried tomato sauce over the top.  Garnish with the remaining parsley.

4 thoughts on “In The Kitchen With Henry (My Dad)

  1. Tell Henry he looks great and so does the curry. Dr. Sue-uss rhyme is adorable too.

  2. You’re not only a foodie and a fab photographer, but also a poet too! I can’t believe we’ve been tweeting all this time but I have never stopped by your blog.

    I love the idea of the mise en place picture. I’ll be copying you soon. There’s such promise with the image of all those assembled ingredients.

    Thank you so much for the h1n1 info. I gave everyone hot chocolate this morning and then swabbed their noses like a nazi.


  3. When Carla and I went over for dinner
    we knew that it would be another winner,

    Henry a great cook and Octavia the best host
    they would never talk praise not even a boast,

    So when Henry said we have a choice; tuna or baloney
    who would have known it was the worlds best Abalone?

    We looked at each other and we knew to anticipate
    the dinner we would do while trying not to hyperventilate.

    The dinner was great and thats no lie,
    we even saved room for a great pumkin pie.

    We left during commercial and that being said,
    its gonna be hard to get that evening out of our head.



    I didn’t know you had the stuff of Poetry in you.
    Octavia and I are greatly impressed.
    We appreciate your friendship.


    1. Carl,

      I didn’t know you had the stuff of Poetry in you.
      Octavia and I are greatly impressed.
      We appreciate your friendship.


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