Day 131: Easy and good (but we still didn’t feel like it)

May 11, 2007

There are some things that you really need to be in the mood for, to cook and enjoy. In this house, the food group that needs our full commitment is fish. No matter how you were feeling towards a dish before you started eating it, pasta or salad can usually win you round pretty quickly if the food is good. We just don’t find that to be the case with fish. This evening is a case in point: we made Baked Sole and Roasted Asparagus with Sesame, which is about as easy as can be, and tried it and it was spicy and tasty and good, but we just didn’t feel like eating it. We each ate some, and then we had a back-up dinner of leftover pizza.

The fish is oven baked with ginger, garlic, scallions, tamari, lemon juice, sesame oil and vegetable oil. The asparagus is sprinkled in sesame and vegetable oil, then covered in sesame seeds, salt and pepper. Everything is thrown in the oven for 14 minutes at 400?, then served with some rice. It’s easy, it’s so very easy. And although the house stinks of fish, it’s much less offensive than if the fish had been pan-fried. The flavours on the fish were strong tasting, spicy and well-balanced. The asparagus was good, although some of our stalks were a little old and woody, which was a shame. The rice was a good backdrop to the rest of it.

This is undoubtedly a good meal, it just wasn’t one that we were particularly excited by. Our leftover pizza on the other hand was fantastic. We should go out for lunch every day so that we have backup food every night. Incidentally, I got my first ever Mother’s Day gift today, Baby A decorated a little terracotta plant pot with fluorescent pink and green paint. She’s obviously very artistic. I went to a party at the daycare and we got to plant a Marigold in our subtly beautiful pots. Baby A was so much not interested in the planting side- she’s only interested if there are stones to touch and lick. Anyway, we now have a very tasteful new addition to our plants on the porch. We planted last weekend and so far we’ve only had one absolute casualty (the cats ate it) and one near-miss (the last-minute watering may have saved it). We have to try and keep the plants alive long enough to sell our place. We’ve lost one already and the condo isn’t even on the market; it could be a long summer. It’s impossible to believe that a few weeks ago we still had snow on the ground, and now it’s getting so hot that if we forget to water for a day, the plants will die. It’s a crazy part of the world that we live in.

Tomorrow, we have Chicken, Veal, or Pork Schnitzel with Red Caraway Cabbage. I’m guessing that we wont be making part 1 of 2 in the schnitzel saga with chicken, but I guess it depends on what we can find in the freezer to take out and defrost.

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