Day 180: One hundred and eighty

June 29, 2007

This evening L and I made Swordfish Burgers with Lemon, Garlic, and Parsley which is one of those meals where not only does the food processor have to come out of hiding, but also the house once again smells of fish. Conventional wisdom prevents pregnant people from eating swordfish, so this meal was made entirely for L. It is not difficult, but it is a little fiddly. The swordfish was cut into chunks and put into food processor; once coarsely ground it was transfered to a bowl. To this was added garlic, shallots, parsley, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of oil. The mixture was made into patties and cooked on the pan. The burgers were served on a bun with lettuce, red onion and slices of navel orange. Rachael Ray suggests that the burger is served with exotic chips and slaw. We opted for a salad to use up some of the bits and pieces kicking around in the bottom of the fridge.

The burgers are pretty fishy, although reasonably substantial. What was a little strange was the choice of topping on the burger. The orange and red onion jarred with the flavours in the burger; although the orange looked good, it competed with, rather than complimented, everything else. The chips and salad were fine, although nothing to get excited about. Overall, this was more trouble then it was worth, and the house certainly smells again. Tomorrow we get to reinforce that odour with Scallop Burgers. At least I can eat one, I suppose.

This morning we met with our contractor and his team to look at the house and hammer out some details of the work that needs to be done. We discovered some important things, for example the bath is white, not cream as previously thought, so we probably shouldn’t order a matching toilet and sink in cream. With cream tiles. Which makes life much easier, but also means that we need to revisit all our previously made decisions. Secondly, the kitchen window is far larger than anticipated, so we can’t fit in as many cupboards as we first thought, and the radiator needs to be moved and/or replaced. We also heard tales of people laying floors and then absolutely hating them, and so we got the fear. We are now in the process of second guessing all our decisions which we agonized over literally for hours. So all in all it was certainly a very informative visit.

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  • Reply Joannie June 30, 2007 at 7:51 am

    I don’t like fish and so a fish burger sounds nasty to me. But even still, it seems a waste of swordfish (and tomorrow scallops) to grind it up and make it into a burger.

  • Reply Doctor D June 30, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Good job on avoiding the swordfish prego-girl! It would have been hard for me to resist, as it is one of my favs.

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project July 1, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    I do like swordfish normally, but it’s not too hard for me to resist when pregnant- especially when ground up into a burger. I have to agree it’s a waste of expensive fish.

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