From the person who hates fish came a request for….
Wait for it….
Mon mari has decided that, as he used to like fish, and it is good for us, perhaps he should like it again.
My job, that goes without saying, is to make certain that he doesn't have any 'bad' fish to put him off during this transition period.
Bad fish are fish with bones.
We need to ease into this carefully.
It's simple enough to do… Sort of.
When it comes to fish I am woefully ignorant so I just ask the fish monger.
Which is how we came to be eating Nile Perch the other night.
Pan-Fried Nile Perch with Capers and Lemon
Preparation and cooking time: 10 minutes
- filet of Nile perch, enough for 2, 350gr, 12.5oz
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 tsp paprika
- 3 tbs butter
- 3 tbs capers
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 tbs fresh tarragon, snipped
- 1 tbs fresh garlic chives, snipped
- Cut the fish into pieces – easier to handle
- Put the flour and paprika on a plate and mix well.
- Over medium-high heat 1 tbs butter in a large nonstick skillet
- Rinse fish and pat dry.
- When butter is sizzling and just starting to color dip both sides of fish in flour and add to pan.
- Sauté 3 – 4 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
- When nicely browned and done remove to a platter
- Add remaining butter, capers, lemon juice, herbs and lemon slices to skillet. Quickly stir, loosening and browned bits.
- Spoon over fish and serve.
This is the view from my desk – rain, rain and more rain.
Since the puppies destroyed my herb garden last fall, and there is no hope of keeping them out of it in the current location, I'm moving it.
So I spent the 3 hour lull in the rain laying out my new garden, moving the surviving plants and sticking them in the mud.
This is what my herb garden used to look like. I won't show you what it looks like now…..
I put chicken wire on top of the little wooden fence, which made it difficult for me to get at the herbs but didn't even slow down the puppies. I'm using the little wooden fence to make paths in the new garden.
As long as I'm talking about puppy mischief / damage, I trimmed the hedge.
They decided, last fall, that it was fun to jump on top of the hedge.
I gave it a serious clipping, but you can still see where they did a lot of damage. I'm hoping that it will grow back…. If I can keep them out of it.
Mon mari has been staying out of the rain and mud. He refinished the cabinet in the dining room. It's a large cabinet, cut into the wall. (Remember, the walls are stone, 2 feet thick) To give you an idea, the greyish cabinet in front of it is almost 6 feet high