Soul to Sole

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Our last couple days in Amsterdam means getting as much in as possible: flower market, flea market, fish market and herring stands,

For a city surrounded by water with the sea at close hand, its a place any fish lover dreams of. We were sent to the wonderful fish house Lucius

where amongst other deliciousness we got a small sole tutorial. A favorite all time fish, Dover Sole, is something I am reluctant to eat these days. Aside from its prohibitive price,

many areas of the world have shady fishing records endangering the health of this stock.

From the UK Guardian Fish site: “North Sea Dover or common sole stock is classified as healthy and harvested sustainably. Stocks in Skaggerak and Kattegat, the Eastern Channel and Celtic Sea are also healthy but the level of fishing pressure is considered too high or unknown. Stocks in the Western Channel and Biscay are below the minimum level recommended by scientists and harvested unsustainably.

Avoid eating fish caught in these areas, as well as south-west Ireland, where the state of the stock is unknown and catches the lowest on record. Dover sole from the Hastings Fleet trammel net fishery in the Eastern Channel is certified as an environmentally responsible fishery. Avoid eating immature sole (less than 28cm) and fish caught during the breeding season (April-June).

Meanwhile, back at dinner—three types of sole was offered to us: baby sole (the small one), Lemon Sole (the medium one) and the mighty Dover Sole (the large one).

Ruling out the baby, unsure of the lemon sole status and assured of the Dovers provenence, Rose and I shared the Dover.

Sad to say, this fish– in all its superior elegance and good taste will not likely be on my plate again. But boy did we savor it while we could. It has a butter-sweet taste and superb texture halfway between soft and firm-fleshed. And, its easy to see how easy it is to fillet. There is no greater side than a simple sautéed or roasted potato and lightly steamed spinach…..well—the soul was fed by this sole! Next I’ll show you a little mussel trick and something from the original ‘Zealand’ (as in the original New Zealand).



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  • Pat October 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I’ve emailed Hallmark. Let’s make sure Mad Hungry returns.


  • Grace October 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    When will Hallmark talk to Lucinda? October is almost over.


  • Helen October 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I miss Mad Hungry each day. I haven’t watched “that” network since it was taken off. BRING BACK MAD HUNGRY!


  • Jake October 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Come on everyone, email:

    Tell Hallmark we want Lucinda back.


  • Ione October 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Just read that Martha S. has an upcoming cooking show on PBS . I am thinking , move over Martha.
    I enjoy Martha , I just want your cooking show back !! Your show Lucinda has me so spoiled .

  • Val October 18, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Mad Hungry is worth fighting for. I hope all fans and the people who have created MH are fighting for it. It is very apparent that there is a following.


  • Judy October 18, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I sent a message to Hallmark as well. I miss Lucinda.
    I also told them that Marie Osmond is awful.

  • olga p aka Lonna October 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I also miss lsq’s show–I’m not going to turn on another Hallmark channel show until she has another show! Love how my hubby likes almost everything & actually LOVES a lot of them, as do I.

    Thanks for continuing the blog! Now I want to try sole, too. Lucinda, you’ve created easy recipes encouraging people to try new things, & I have, so you have me & my family’s ongoing THANK YOU.

    Martha, I do not want another complicated baking show–I cannot afford your fancy kitchen tools & appliances, nor do I want to try your baking show items. My family does not want to eat them.

  • Lonna October 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    P.S. I detest the Marie Osmond show. I watched it ONCE, but will not again.

  • NELDA PURDON October 18, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Please continue to contact Hallmark Channel USA asking Mad Hungry be put back on the air! Lucinda is a wonderful chef and educator! We need her back on TV!

  • FRAN October 19, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Everyone needs to contact Hallmark. Also, Facebook people should continue to post the phone number: 818-755-2400, so everyone can call. We want our show back.


  • ericka in tampa October 19, 2012 at 10:11 am

    just turned on hallmark to watch your show (usually im at wk or class but today im sick with a cold) and its not there…googled to see if there was a new time change and thats when i found out mad hungry is replaced by marie….geez marie is another washed up vegas act…not interested….was looking forward to mad hungry…..HALLMARK IF YOU SEE THIS BRING MAD HUNGRY BACK…….AND THE GOLDEN GIRLS INSTEAD OF ROSEANNE IN THE EVENINGS…..

  • Linda Pohle October 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I so miss Lucinda Scala Quinn. I felt like she was almost family. Please bring her back. Linda

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