Day 76: Home alone

March 17, 2007


This evening, after dropping the in-laws off at the airport, L came home and we made Sicilian-Style Swordfish Rolls with Fennel and Radicchio Salad, for one. The swordfish steak was thinly sliced then pounded to about 1/4″ thick (well, less pounded and more quietly rolled with a rolling pin as Baby A was finally asleep after a grumpy, nap-less day of ear infection and cold). The steak was cut into rectangular strips and pressed into a mixture of Italian breadcrumbs, parsley, garlic, lemon zest and salt. They were then rolled up and gently fried. We put toothpicks through to keep them together, which were removed half way through the cooking time. The salad was made with red onion, fennel, radicchio, orange segments and parsley, tossed in red wine vinegar and olive oil.

I was very sceptical of this meal, but I was not the one who was eating it, so my dubious preconceptions are irrelevant. In fairness, in any other hormonal state I probably would have really enjoyed this meal, but currently even the thought of it is not sitting well. L actually really enjoyed the whole meal. The swordfish was salty and crunchy, well-seasoned and perfectly cooked. The flavours balanced extremely well, and this would be a great easy thing to serve at parties, if you do that sort of thing. Whilst L thought that the fennel was somewhat overpowering in the salad, overall this was a good, strongly flavoured, crispy side dish which complemented the swordfish beautifully. The great thing about this meal was the ease of preparation and the quick assembly with impressive results. Although perhaps not quite as quick and easy as my dinner of gnocchi and cheese, but certainly fancier looking.

Tomorrow we tackle the Low-Maintenance Version for Two: Swordfish Cutlets with Tomato and Basil Salad. Interestingly, our dinner for two, which will be eaten by one, falls on our 6th wedding anniversary. Fortunately, just like on Valentine’s Day, we don’t make any fuss out of these things. Although it would be a good meal, I think, if I could only eat it. The salad will probably go very well with plain pasta.

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