ffwD: Cod & Spinach “Eggs”


I know. You were expecting to see something along the lines of white fish “sausages” with spinach inside as opposed to what I’ve posted here: something resembling scrambled eggs with spinach on top of a tomato puree. Well, I’m not sure what happened. Everything in the prep came together quite easily, considering that my first two readthroughs of this recipe left me with the impression that this dish was somewhat difficult.

I successfully rolled up the cod mousse with spinach filling into sausages, but I think I didn’t layer the fish mousse thick enough on the plastic wrap. Maybe I didn’t roll them tight enough or I didn’t twist the ends of the plastic enough. Because when I checked on the “roulades” halfway through steaming, the cod mousse had oozed out into the steamer basket. I fished out the plastic wrap and let the cod finish steaming. When it was done, I tasted it with the tomato puree, and it was actually pretty good! Though, I did think I was eating garlicy scrambled eggs with spinach for a minute before I tasted the cod’s fishiness. Oh, and I had to throw out my steamer basket.

I took a stab at this dish, but I probably won’t try to make the roulade part again. The dish was tasty enough, but to quote Gaye at Laws of the Kitchen, why waste good fish by processing it up with egg white and cream to make fish sausages when unadulterated fish tastes so much better.

My attempt at Dorie’s cod and spinach roulades was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

67 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chef mimi
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 07:32:38

    Hahaha! I laugh with you. It looks really good! Screw the roulade!

  2. Cher
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 07:32:51

    I like your “eggs” – it’s always good when you can recover a meal and make it work for you.

  3. Mary
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 07:41:13

    It does sound a little frustrating! but at least it still tasted pretty good!
    mary x

  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 07:44:19

    Sometimes a roulade just wants to be a scramble… glad you liked it!

  5. apuginthekitchen
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 07:44:24

    I like what you did with this, sometimes great dishes come out of so called failures. This looks great and I am sure it tastes wonderful too!! I agree with Gaye, fish straight up is the way to go.

  6. TrafficDiva
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 07:48:16

    Well, since I don’t know what the dish was suppose to look like…I think you made a very delicious looking “mistake”…LOL! Happy Friday Everyone!!! =)

  7. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 07:54:11

    haha, it looks good in this form πŸ™‚

  8. lynnlly
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 08:16:43

    “why waste good fish by processing it up with egg white and cream to make fish sausages when unadulterated fish tastes so much better.”
    This is rather true!

  9. Cakelaw
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 08:21:49

    LOL – I quite like the idea of scrambled fish. Thanks for the shout out! Have a great weekend.

  10. heidi1169
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 08:38:10

    Someone in my corner. I admire your sticktoitiveness and your willingness to eat it. Mine landed in the garbage.
    Better luck next week, right?

  11. Lola
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 09:09:51

    Kudos to you for trying. I had to go a totally different route. Hope your weekend is a good one!

  12. Tina Evans
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 09:10:15

    Hey, recipes don’t always work out as planned (my microwave cookie fiasco!) But at least you tried πŸ™‚ On to the next one!

  13. Mary Hirsch
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 09:14:23

    Yummy Chucklet – today I love, love, love you. My scenerio exactly. I had to jerry-rig a steamer because I’m still unpacking so at least I didn’t ruin anything (except my ego). All hell broke loose in the steaming process. It actually tasted okay, however.

  14. kitchen flavours
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 09:43:06

    An interesting way of cooking cod! What a delicious mistake!

  15. trevorsisboom
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 09:44:30

    Well gosh, I don’t know what gave you the idea that this was difficult. lol. I do think I’ll end up trying these but I know after I do I’ll never make them again for the reason you say..why?

  16. Sara
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 09:50:13

    Well, yours certainly looks better than mine! Probably tasted better too. Definitely not a winner for me. A lot of work for not much flavor. Hope next week turns out better!

  17. Inger Wilkerson
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 10:10:40

    Yes, I have had my share of dishes that didn’t live up to expectations. I didn’t realize how much harder blogging would get after I exhausted many of my tried and true recipes πŸ˜‰

  18. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 10:29:56

    oh what an interesting dish- I’d love to try it!

  19. oneexpatslife
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 11:15:58

    Oh dear. I guess we all have those experiences every once in a while. I for one was shocked that mine actually worked. I kept expecting it to fall apart at every step. Didn’t love it though so not a repeat for me either.

  20. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 12:42:50

    I think your dish looks great! Did you put the rolls in the fridge before you steamed them? I did for a few hours and they firmed up a bit but they were still a little all over the place…

  21. Alice
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 12:57:08

    I feel like your fish felt violated…. LOL! Well at least it tasted good! 😦 so sad for your steamer basket though…

  22. Liz
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:07:56

    Yeah, I think I prefer Diane’s version…just wrapping a filet around the spinach filling. It was certainly prettier. I actually think your scrambled version looks nicer than my roulades!

  23. bakeawaywithme.com
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:10:27

    Kudos for the effort…sorry about your steamer! Your version actually looks very tasty!

  24. ashley
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:56:06

    Oh no!! Your poor steamer basket!! This does look great, though!

  25. Sharon
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:23:23

    Looks good! πŸ™‚ I love to cook!

  26. Melolimparfaite
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:24:39

    oh I’ve never tried this !
    thanks for the tip

  27. markd60
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:31:21

    I think that looks good as-is. I imagine the orange sauce to be super hot and spicy!

  28. Ronda
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:51:30

    I really thought it was scrambled eggs for a moment! I would eat if someone made it for me, but after your description I don’t think that I will be making it myself.

  29. sara
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:59:04

    Wow, what great colors! Sorry it didn’t work out, but bet it was still yummy!

  30. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 16:59:27

    I agree that unadulterated fish is tasty but good to try new things sometimes!

  31. Diane (@SimpleLivingEat)
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:44:04

    Oh my, I feel for you because I know if I made this dish according to the recipe mine would have come out the same. It still looks tasty.

  32. alanna
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 19:17:16

    aw, poor steamer basket. sure looks yummy though.

  33. betsy
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 20:40:09

    Those “eggs” look yummy! I think whole fish fillets would be nice rolled around the filling. Did you see what Diane did over at Simple Living?

  34. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 21:46:34

    Great combination! The greens give it a nice color!

  35. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 21:58:38

    I agree with what Gaye said to you! It’s a pretty color!

  36. Ameena
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 22:33:29

    So confused by the concept of the original recipe but honestly, this looks quite delicious!

  37. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 00:12:30

    Sometimes I just call these happy accidents I bet it tasted wonderful.

  38. Hotly Spiced
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 05:39:50

    Oh dear. I’ve just seen Lizzy’s post where she said this was quite difficult and a lot of work. Never mind. At least you gave it a try xx

  39. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 12:43:46

    great option for breakfast, tonsof nutritions!
    this is called plan B dish…

  40. eatgreatbegreat
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 15:06:57

    This sounds like an interesting combination. Looks yummy!

  41. Balvinder
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 19:15:08

    Of course, why waste the fish if the roulade does not come out the way you wanted? The scrambled fish and spinach looks quite good with tomato puree.

  42. SandraM
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 20:11:32

    I thought your dish looked lovely. The colours look great.

  43. Three Well Beings
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 23:44:00

    Maybe the value is really in the presentation! I am not sure about pureed cod, but it’s beautifully put together!

  44. Beth
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 06:07:14

    Sometimes it’s hard to figure out exactly why a recipe went wrong. I’m glad you liked the flavors anyhow.

  45. Amanda Chic
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 11:02:19

  46. tastytreats13
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 15:14:26

    At least it still tasted good! πŸ™‚ I think it looks tasty.

  47. Jenn and Seth
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 16:48:05

    i think your dish looks great, even if it didn’t come out as intended! such pretty colors in here!

  48. Monet
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 17:36:09

    I always have a hard time with rolling up any kind of fish/meat! This looks good…even though its deconstructed! Thank you for sharing yet another delicious recipe. A good end to a great weekend. I hope you have a blessed week!

  49. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 19:22:16

    It must be the weather, I had two recipe fails this week.. two separate recipes for Brownies. I think I just wasn’t meant to eat them;)xx

  50. jessica
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 00:50:58

    ooo this sounds yummy!


  51. Gloria - My Pretty Paris
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 05:37:03

    MMMMMhhhhh it seems sooo good!!! And I just love spinach!
    This recipe just looks awesome!

  52. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 05:53:51

    I’ve never attempted a dish like this, so I don’t know what went grown. Regardless I think your dish looks yummy!

  53. Karen
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 10:27:34

    Nice job! That is one way to make this dish more appetizing. Bummer you had to throw away your steamer basket!

  54. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 10:59:44

    That was a funny story! And the end result still looks very tasty πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear about the steamer basket, though 😦

  55. The Squishy Monster
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 15:27:03

    This sounds super interesting…seems worth the troubles?

  56. tracy
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 19:03:26

    This sounds like an interesting recipe. I bet my sister would love this.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  57. rebeccasubbiah
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 19:09:39

    bet it tasted great though and cool never heard of fish sausages

  58. Geraldine Saucier
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 20:39:32

    Three BIG CHEERS for trying this recipe. Sorry you had to throw away your steamer basket.

  59. Daniela
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 21:10:26

    It looks gorgeous,the colors are incredible and I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks!

  60. Katerina
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 01:00:41

    Oh God I cannot even begin to remember how many times a recipe has gone wrong! Sorry about the basket but hey, even bad experiences are valuable right?

  61. eatinglikeahorse
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 01:09:38

    I love fish and I love spinach so this would definitely be a winner! I think I agree with you on not making the roulades though as they’re delicious anyway πŸ™‚

  62. Tandy
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 05:52:14

    What a pity about your steamer basket! Glad it was tasty though πŸ™‚

  63. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 06:22:36

    Looks like an interesting experiment and technique to try — but, like you, I’d probably prefer the fish just the way it is!

  64. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 08:08:54

    I did not even attempt this one so good on you for trying it! Sounds like it would taste good but I think I’m okay with skipping it….

  65. jora
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 12:06:04

    I’m impressed with the way you “saved” this one, but sorry about your steamer basket. Your sauce is lovely!

  66. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:03:10

    If you don’t say anything and serve this dish, I wouldn’t have known that it is supposed to look different. It looks good, and I’m being honest! πŸ™‚

  67. sassy dream blogspot
    May 01, 2013 @ 04:06:32

    I really enjoyed tha…a lot!!

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