Saturday, June 26, 2010

To Blog or Not to Blog

That is the question. "Oh Hail, Yes", said Caesar. So, here we go (again). 

Dinner for One: Dining alone tonight, and feeling fairly good, I decided to prepare a simple but nice meal for myself. As I was roaming the produce section at my local Publix, I heard a tiny voice say... "Take a leek". So I did, then I had to decide what to do with it. Since I had steak frites last night, fish seemed to be in order. Considering I am on the verge of retirement and I need to learn how to budget (after all these years), I opted for a tilapia filet. End result... Tilapia with leeks in a mustard cream sauce, and a side of oven roasted asparagus. It was good, I say, but what isn't good with cream and butter. Since my dear friend, and culinary mentor, Liz, keeps encouraging me to post recipes, here it is, although don't expect measurements since I was winging it.
  • Saute (properly cleaned) thinly sliced leeks in a touch of olive oil (extra virgin of course) and butter until soft. Remove from the pan, and set aside.
  • Add more olive oil and butter if needed.
  • Saute fish (any mild white fish should be fine), turning once, until done. You get to decide when that is, but a small knife should go through the thickest part of the fish with minimal resistance.
  • Remove the fish to a warm plate and keep warm. Drain any excess oil/butter from the pan.
  • Return the pan to medium heat, add heavy cream, then dijon mustard. Stir until combined, and heat until the sauce starts to thicken. 
  • Add the leeks to the sauce for a minute
  • Plate the fish and pour the sauce over it. 
I even took a photo of the entree, but as you can see, I was casting a shadow on the plate. I will work on food photography after I retire.

1 comment:

Liz said...

Woo hoo! Liz is happy - because you are blogging again and because you are FINALLY posting recipes (or at least method). We missed you in cyberspace!