I often say I feel like Rip Van Winkle – like I fell asleep, and suddenly woke up twenty years later.

Julie Anne & Tatjana nineteen years ago
One of the reasons I am too preoccupied to write much at the moment is that my daughter, Tatjana is home for a fleeting visit before racing back to London to begin work on her third film as an editor trainee since graduating University of the Arts London last summer.
Tatjana & Julie Anne July 10th, 2009

 

Exactly a year ago this week she received her Graphic Design Degree in Moving Image from Central St. Martins College of Art & Design.
The masses of graduates illustrated by the waiting robes

Watching Tatjana prepare

The Graduate


Of course I was extremely proud of my daughter, but an overwhelming wave of emotion caught me off guard as I sat next to her father. The organ bellowed through the grand hall as we watched our only child receive her diploma – a hard earned accomplishment neither of her parents had achieved before her. Tears of joy streamed down my face uncontrollably, which no doubt embarrassed my “stiff upper lip” British ex husband…

Nick Rhodes

Nick, his mother Sylvia, Tatjana, and Julie Anne
… but not half as much when he was forbidden to have a bite of lunch until our food had been properly photographed at Locanda Locatelli afterwards. If he could have dug a hole to hide in, he surely would have (which I have to admit I found secretly amusing). I think I might have made a wise crack about his broken ankle too. As you already know – karma caught up with me on that one!

Fillet of Wild Sea Bass on Artichoke Heart
The presentation of my wild sea bass was magnificent, and it was cooked to perfection. I couldn’t wait to come home and do my own rendition. It is absolutely perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or if you are like me, a scintillating, guilt free indulgence for one regardless of occasion.
Servings: 2

Ingredients:

Artichoke
  • 2 whole artichokes
  • 6 cups of water
  • juice of 1 lemon
Tomato-Basil Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Wild Sea Bass
  • 1/4 cup panko or fresh bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 6 ounce wild sea bass fillets
  • olive oil spray
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Directions:

Artichoke

1). Bring water to boil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven.

2). Chop about an inch off the top of the artichokes, trim off any small leaves around the bottom, and cut off any excess stem.

3). Cook artichokes in the boiling water for 25-40 minutes (time varies due to size of artichoke), until outer leaves pull off easily. Remove from water, drain, and cool enough to handle.

4). Remove all outer leaves except for bottom row to form the flower. Using a knife or a spoon, remove all the inner leaves and fuzzy “choke” until artichoke heart is revealed. Place on dinner plates, squeeze fresh lemon juice over each artichoke, and set aside until ready to serve.

Tomato-Basil Sauce

5). Heat a large saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil and heat for 30 seconds to one minute, then add garlic, stirring for another 30 seconds until fragrant. Add diced tomato, stir well, and simmer to reduce liquid for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fresh herbs.

Wild Sea Bass

6). Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

7). While the tomato sauce is cooking, mix the panko, Parmesan, olive oil, garlic, parsley, and lemon zest in a small bowl, and set aside.

8). Spray a sheet pan with olive oil spray. Rinse sea bass fillets, pat dry, and place on the sprayed pan. Spray more olive oil spay on top of the fillets, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast in preheated oven for ten minutes (per one inch thickness). Remove from oven. Top with panko and Parmesan mixture, and roast for another 2 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

9). To serve, drizzle the prepared artichoke heart with tomato-basil sauce, and top with wild sea bass fillet.

Serving Suggestions: I love this dish exactly as it is, but for a hardier appetite add a side dish of linguine tossed in the tomato sauce, and sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
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  • July 9, 2010
    2:16 am

    i so understand. my oldest just graduated from high school in may, and it's just starting to kick inShannon Vanderpool

  • July 9, 2010
    2:45 am

    This post is making me weepy! I'm so glad your beautiful girl is visiting and doing so well. It really does seem too soon for her to be grown up.*big hugs*

  • July 9, 2010
    2:55 am

    That is a fantistic post. I'm going to make the sea bass this weekend. It looks amazing.You and Nick SHOULD be proud of Tajana. As Twitter as shown the world…pop stars and models may turn out beautiful children but they are certainly not well adjusted (for the most part). You broke the mold.Alison Sherman

  • July 9, 2010
    2:56 am

    Lovely post Jewels,as usual !!!!! You and Nick should be proud of Tatjana,congrats you all !!!!Can imagine how you felt in that special moment,moms always drops tears for our kids,since their birth :)MariFer Cruz Ortega

  • July 9, 2010
    3:01 am

    Thank you Alison – I am really proud of Tatjana. One of my friends once asked me why Tatjana was such a good kid, and I said "when your mother is an eternally free spirit (and recovering addict), and your father is a pop star, the only way to rebel IS to be straight laced and good!"

  • July 9, 2010
    3:08 am

    Ack of course you were weepy at your childs graduation. What a sweet stopped in time moment. I cry at everything even possibly sentimental, you should be so proud of your child..as should her father, who cares about what people think at such a priceless moment. Btw awesome looking meal, can't wait to try some of your recipes and anyone who cares what anyone thinks we are all only human and we should make the best of it:)

  • July 9, 2010
    3:16 am

    LOL. Good answer.

  • July 9, 2010
    4:28 am

    Smile big and cry tears of joy…you're entitled…you've graduated a successful, beautiful daughter into life, made beautiful strides in your own life, and she's graduated college!! You're a proud mom, and sod anyone who is embarrassed by your joy! Go, girls!!

  • July 9, 2010
    4:46 am

    You and Nick laid the foundations for her … she took it from there. However, pat yourself on the back, Mom — ya done okay DESPITE your worst fears.Justine Owls

  • July 9, 2010
    4:46 am

    What a fantastic post as well as some wonderful photos! Thank you so much for sharing. You and Nick obviously did a wonderful job with your beautiful daughter in raising her and you should be very proud of her. I am quite certain that you are. :) Julie Anne, I must say that you have not aged one bit. You are just as beautiful as you were twenty years ago. Tina Beeman

  • July 9, 2010
    4:47 am

    Reading your post was so heart-warming! And I bawl at the drop of a hat when it comes to my kids' achievements too, also to my husband's chagrin, lol!You've raised a beautiful, intelligent, hard-working daughter. And I agree with Allison, you've shown that good parenting is good parenting. That's what it comes down to.My oldest will be graduating Rutgers Pharmacy School in 2012. And I plan on crying my eyes out! … See MoreWell done, Jewels!Jodi Silverman Zulueta

  • July 9, 2010
    6:36 am

    Tatjana sounds like such a hard worker, just like her mom. Hope you two have a wonderful visit and get to do the things you both love together. The sea bass looks amazing! Not sure that I can get that at my grocery store. Would any firm white fish work as well? Looks like a recipe my sister would enjoy when she visits in September. We two will do lots of things together, especially shopping for clothes I suspect. Seems since I lost 135 lb. and still dropping, nothing fits. Oh well, I'm sure we'll find some clothes, but mostly casual ones.

  • July 9, 2010
    12:52 pm

    I'm so envious!I haven't any children yet and that's exactly what I imagine I'd feel if I'd have a son or a daughter growing up (sorry for the reckless use of verbs).Sometimes life is really beautiful:-)Have a nice summer:-)Carmen Ronsisvalle

  • July 9, 2010
    1:21 pm

    Thats rite. U only live onceShannon Marie Moyer

  • July 9, 2010
    1:25 pm

    I can't wait it will be my turn!Martina D' Epifanio

  • July 9, 2010
    1:45 pm

    what sweet photos! this was a beautiful post. xo

  • July 9, 2010
    5:35 pm

    Locanda Locatelli is on my Restaurant bucket list that's for sure!I'm so hungry reading that recipe right now and it reminds me of a fabulous Monk Fish dish I had in London a couple of years ago in Passione (sadly no more but I have my photos).Sounds like your holiday time is going great and I hope Tatjana is enjoying her break.Although I have no children of my own, I remember the immense pride I felt watching my little brother graduate from Agri college – despite the lack of a farm :D and I will treasure the time as he grows into the amazing man I hoped he would be.I am looking forward to the book containing all these recipes like you wouldn't believe…..

  • July 9, 2010
    5:39 pm

    Ruthee try halibut in place of the sea bass. The recipe is a bit fiddly, but so delicious it is worth it.

  • July 9, 2010
    7:23 pm

    thank you for sharing this. I feel a bit old as well as I can remember her being born (and seeing her on one of the Duran videos with Nick and John). You must be so proud of her and what she has achieved. I don't have children myself but I have a nephew almost 6 and a niece of 15months and every little achievement of theirs makes me so proud, it must be double when you are a parent.

  • July 10, 2010
    11:43 am

    Again you have brought tears to my eyes with such a very heart warming story. Congrats on all Tatjana has achieved so far and I wish her the very best in the future.Love the pics and the beaming smiles at Locanda Locatelli. What an amazing day it must have been for you all. So loving this recipe right now….not just because it is a fish dish but that it is so artistic. Why did I not think of this before……I will no doubt have to try this out soon once I get my appetite back(currently ill with an awful cold and an appalling cough).Enjoy the rest of your precious time with Tatjana. Aussie Mum

  • July 10, 2010
    4:33 pm

    Seeing as Nick usually has a camera attached to his palm, I don't see how he can complain TOO much by you taking pics of the things you love. LOLJustine Owls

  • July 10, 2010
    4:37 pm

    Hey Aussie Mum – feel better quickly! Hope Mia is looking after you.

  • July 10, 2010
    4:37 pm

    Thats true. . . .he shuld undrstand as being an avid photographer himself.Shannon Marie Moyer

  • July 10, 2010
    4:40 pm

    I laughed at this..I took a pic of my yummo grilled fish tacos yesterday from a killler resturant in ventura, my mom was like what are you doing! LOLJosie Elder- Chow

  • July 10, 2010
    4:44 pm

    At first he thought I was going to take a picture of him, then I aimed at the food instead. Everyone in the restaurant was looking at me, so I think that added to Nick's embarrassment. Now in LA -you look around and EVERYONE is photographing their food (food blogger city).

  • July 10, 2010
    6:24 pm

    If you ever go to Ventura you have to go to Spencer Mckenize's the best fish tacos, shrimp tacos and ceviche all fresh veggies etc!!Josie Elder- Chow

  • July 10, 2010
    6:25 pm

    LOL … too funny. I guess after YEARS of having pics taken of himself, to have his family just up and do it threw him? Blow to the ego that you now find food more attractive, perhaps? LMAO … Sorry, couldn't help it. (senses the Karma god frowning)Justine Owls

  • July 10, 2010
    6:25 pm

    Will have to make a trip just to try it now Josie!

  • July 10, 2010
    6:26 pm

    So worth it! Also great bar and resturant called The Watermark..good live bands!Josie Elder- Chow

  • July 10, 2010
    6:27 pm

    I can just imagine Nick's face. Thanks Jewels for sharing such juicy stories. Love your blog :)Duran's Duranasty

  • July 10, 2010
    6:27 pm

    Yeah ths blog is very entertaining.Shannon Marie Moyer

  • July 10, 2010
    6:28 pm

    I thought the same thing about Nick. Doesn't he always have a camera with him? LOL! I read an article not to long ago about some restaurants banning people from taking pics, they say it's too distracting or that it takes too long for some to set up the pics and delays service. Has anyone ever heard of that happening?Michelle Gordon Noon

  • July 10, 2010
    6:30 pm

    No Michelle, but I always use my point and shoot without flash, so it doesn't disturb anyone much – just nosey Parkers who can't mind their own business. I have seen full on SLR's pulled out to photograph dinners too, and no complaints by the restaurant. It is good for business for them to be reviewed on food blogs.

  • July 11, 2010
    6:33 am

    Yeah i hear ya ppl have to b nosy a times n they're usualy the ones that complain lol. . .Shannon Marie Moyer

  • July 11, 2010
    6:34 am

    peaking of shrimp tacos and good food, stop by Miguel's in Coronado. If you are in the San Diego area, it is SO worth a trip over the bridge, or better yet, by ferry. Though, if you take a ferry, you either have a long walk ahead of you or a bus ride to the other side of Coronado. Miguel's is kitty corner across from the Hotel Del. The main attraction there is a creamy white sauce that they have for their tortilla chips. YUM! It is so good, they have begun selling it for people to take home.Nique Quesada

  • July 11, 2010
    6:35 am

    love it!!!!Minnie Sanchez

  • July 11, 2010
    12:58 pm

    Great photos as ever Julie Anne! It's funny I was just walking by the University of the Arts London yesterday afternoon. You'll have to keep us informed on which movies Tatjana is working on. I think because she has two talented parents, and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, that she will have much success and talent in whatever she does in her own way. The fish looks fab, will watch out for sea bass next time I'm in Sainsbury's. They often have a good selection of fresh fish, and I do love artichokes. Yum!~April

  • July 11, 2010
    12:58 pm

    I take photos of my food all of the time in England. I really don't care what people around me think, I just do my own thing! LOL!

  • July 12, 2010
    1:32 am

    if i even remotely like sea bass this would be tempting… :-)Laura Savidge

  • July 12, 2010
    8:25 am

    Looks delicious! We'll be having this for Tuesday night's dinner. Tuesday around our kitchen is now referred to as "Jewel's Day", since we try a recipe from your blog every week! ;)Chelle Bauman Cook

  • July 12, 2010
    8:30 am

    You could have knocked me over with a feather Laura, but I told Taj about your comment and she actually offered to TRY it. She hates fish, so maybe she can persuade you to brave it too?Loving the "Jewels Day" Chelle!

  • July 12, 2010
    9:57 am

    She's changed a lot but you look the same!

  • July 14, 2010
    11:43 am

    Secret: here in Brazil we love to photograph our food, specially exotic ice-creams, cakes, cupcakes…Congrats to Tatjana!

  • July 14, 2010
    7:00 pm

    When the husband and I were in London a few years back…we did have dinner at this restaurant (which I recognized int he picture before I read where you had gone). Amazing dinner.