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Sweet CHARity - a grilled Arctic Char dish with a sweet almond sauce inspired by the musical Sweet Charity!

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The race was definitely on with which of the three authors at Cabernet Towers could write a “Sweet Charity” pun. Would it be Keith’s “I like root vegetables” Swede Charity? Would it be jam-maker-extraordinaire Angus’ Sweet Chutney? Oh no. The prize goes to Georgina’s arctic char dish: Sweet CHARity.

Now… if you’re outside of the US, you might not have heard of the fish called Arctic Char. It tastes like salmon’s older sibling that has gone to finishing school, leaving poor salmon floundering (see what I did there?!) in the gutters. You can cook arctic char in the exact same way as you would a salmon, and it has many of the same qualities, but when you taste it, you sense a subtle difference.

I personally love pairing oily fish like salmon, trout, and arctic char with a slightly sweet element, which complements rather than detracts. Hence… SWEET (Arctic) Charity!

Oh, and a few notes about this musical. It’s notable in that Georgina has performed in the show twice: once as Helene in 1997 (!), where she was upstaged by a toilet falling into the band pit (say it with me… “causing literally thousands and thousands of pounds worth of damage”). The second time was as Carmen in 2005, where her chief role was to chew gum loudly, swig undocumented liquids from bottles, and upstage everyone. It also marks the end of her theatrical career. Perhaps a timely event.

Oh, and she also wrote the recipe “If My Friends Curd See Me Now” – which again makes more sense to our American friends as it involves cheese curds, rather than lemons (or rhubarb).

Sweet CHARity - a grilled Arctic Char dish with a sweet almond sauce inspired by the musical Sweet Charity!


So here is the recipe for a simple grilled arctic char, paired with a sweet almond sauce.

So, if you are free,
Sweet Charity,
Please belong to me,
Sweet Charity,
Yield: 2

Sweet CHARity

Sweet CHARity
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 arctic char fillets
  • salt and black pepper
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup heavy cream


  1. Place the arctic char fillets in a foil-lined grill basket and cook on the grill for 10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, add the almond flour and heavy cream to a small saucepan and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Serve the fish (shown here with cauliflower rice), then pour the sauce over.
  4. Season with more black pepper.
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