please help me with dinner tonight!
i'm in a funk and am so not in the mood to cook, but WANT to (i'm sure all you CH'ers understand that nonsense, right?). so hubby (and 10yo dd) has made quite it clear what he/she wants by defrosting some nice petrale sole i got thursday from our local monger. so with that said, here's what i have on hand, can u please help me?
couscous, quinoa, fresh brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, a few nice yukons (left over from my cauliflower/potato concoction of last week), brown, jasmine, and basmati rice. and of course i have a dizzying array of spices and herbs (fresh from garden and dried), along with citrus (limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruits), and plenty of alcohol! (maybe a white wine mustard sauce with capers...?)
Well, you can handle this very fast. The mustard sauce sounds terriffic. Maybe finish it up with cold butter or cold heavy cream. Dry the sole, and then flour it, and pan-saute. Some shredded brussels sprouts would be delicious - you can also saute those, in butter or olive oil with some garlic. Toss it with crunchy bacon, if you like. You can oven-roast the yukons after tossing the cut 'taters with a bit of oil and some herbs and salt and pepper. You'll want something bright: I'd also slice up the oranges and grapefruits, toss them with some sliced onion, and dress the whole shebang with a shot of lemon juice - taste for salt; correct if needed. If you want, you could toss this with a tad of sugar and some cointreau, too: Dessert! Just leave out the onion!!
Vegetables retain their flavor by barely cutting them at all or cutting into large pieces. Start the potatoes steaming for 20-30 minutes. Then add the broccoli and cauliflower. Time this so this is ready right at meal time. Put this into your serving bowl and drizzle olive oil and lemon on it. (Leave lemon off the potatoes) Grind some salt and pepper on top of it. An alternative plan is-- serve with a thin (black) peppery cheese sauce.
Forget the rice. Make the fish your way and make some skins on baked apples or pears for desert