Thursday, November 16, 2006

Delicious Fish

Marshall bought a gigantic piece of salmon at Costco this weekend, so I decided to make something good with it. I pan-seared the fish, then poured a sauce of Dijon mustard and molasses over the top and finished it in the oven. For sides, I made risotto with porcini mushrooms that a friend had brought me from Italy, along with steamed green beans and corn. Happy, happy!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

What's for Dinner

Quick, post-karate dinner tonight. The Jewel on Ashland has an excellent "international" aisle, which includes a number of products from Patak Foods. I threw together some chicken, broccoli, and spicy tomato sauce, served with coconut rice, and fried pappadams.

At dinner, we asked the children to guess what was flavoring the rice. Surprisingly, Maddy got it right away; Nick thought it was buttery, sweet, and salty all at the same time, but did not guess coconut.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Yeasty Adventure

Yesterday's food section in the New York Times featured a really interesting article on a new, "no-knead" method for homemade bread. The kids have been bugging me for awhile to make bread again, and I was intrigued by the instructions and inspired by the author's enthusiasm, so I thought I would give it a try.

It is a very wet dough, with a small (1/4 teaspoon) amount of yeast. I let it sit our all night to ferment (per the instructions), and got something looking like this.

Before I went to pick Nick up at school, I pulled the dough out of the bowl, folded it over onto itself a couple of times, and formed it into a ball. I set it in a well-floured towel, covered it, and left it to rise again for about two hours.

It is a very soft, sticky dough, and a little hard to work with. But, because you need not handle it much, that's not a big problem. When I got home from school, I put my heavy, cast iron soup pot in the oven and preheated it to 450 degrees. After about half an hour, I pulled the hot pot out of the oven and carefully rolled the dough into the pot. It stuck a little to the bottom of the towel (next time, I might put parchment paper on the bottom instead), but I managed to move it without deflating it too much. I covered the pot and baked it for half an hour. Then, I took the cover off and finished baking it for another 20 minutes.

The loaf was crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside, rivaling some of the best bread I have bought at Whole Foods. Really yummy, really easy. Definitely a keeper recipe.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes
Originally uploaded by mickeynick.
Tonight, I made fish cakes with tilapia, inspired by a recipe in the current issue of Everyday Food. Baked, flaked tilapia, combined with chopped parsley and bound with mayonnaise, horseradish, and eggs. Served with homemade tartar sauce and lemon wedges, rice, and green beans. Nick especially liked them.

Still in the oven: Indian Pudding (from another issue of Everyday Food), which is basically slowly baked half and half with molasses, cinnamon, and ginger.