Monday, November 23, 2015

Dinner

Tonight, dinner was cooked here.  That's not unusual, but increasingly take-out or delivery have become a much used option.  The simple reason is that cooking for just the two of us is at times not motivating enough to do the work required and, worse, doing the dishes in the evening is simply a chore.

When thinking about writing this post, it was remembered that in the early days of ENS food would often be a topic.  As the header says, "almost anything else that comes to mind."  In fact, since Google began doing better tracking of blogspot in 2009, the fourth most read comment here is "What to do with leftover corn on the cob", a 2010 post.  Maybe that says something about the posts here in general but in any case, why not a food post?  Why not dinner?

When cooking now, it's almost always fresh fish.  K likes it immensely and eats well when it's cooked. Tilapia in Rao's sauce with onions is a regular, broiled swordfish is periodic depending on price and quality, sole lightly cooked in olive oil with salt, pepper, and lemon juice shows up on the menu from time to time, sea bass baked for 10 or 12 minutes at 350 works if it's not outrageously expensive, and the mainstay is salmon, K's favorite, usually baked in the oven as well at 350 with times varying depending on the size and cut of the fish.

Tonight was a trip back in time a year or so for three large oven baked chicken breasts.  They were marinated in soy sauce, worchestire sauce, Stubbs barbecue sauce, maresh red pepper flakes, and some chicken broth to turn it all into a more liquid marinade.  Turned over a couple times and successfully not splashing it on myself, but on the counter, the chicken soaked for a little over an hour.  Then into an oven pre-heated to 425 degrees that was immediately turned down to 350.  I popped a couple of baking potatoes in there as well, rubbed with olive oil, knowing that K would only eat half of one at best but a little addition to breakfast eggs will surely work.

Oven closed, never opened for forty minutes, while sitting in front of this machine seeing if anything happened in the market today that could shake a comment from my mind, plus checking on a couple investments that are at that threshold  --- that threshold being, is it time to sell or is it time to buy more.  As is clear, the performance of these two stock so far has not been pleasing.  No decision was made.

After 40 minutes the chicken was done perfectly, and the potatoes stay in while already cooked brussels sprouts are warmed up, ditto some hand rolled couscous, whatever that means, and some frozen Birds Eyes mixed steamed vegetables go into the microwave.  Within 15 minutes dinner is ready and the potatoes are fully cooked and come out of the oven.  Half of a lemon is squeezed over the chicken.

It all worked.  K ate all but two bites of her large cut up chicken breast, and that's no small amount. She has always accused me of liking my own cooking, and that's true.  This was terrific.  Clean up, well to be honest we have some help in the house from time to time, and this was one of those times. It was feet up on the hassock for the news, some of NBC, some of PBS.  No ice cream tonight as it is becoming far too regular.  A break can be justified after a satisfying dinner.

Will anyone read this food post.  They once did.  We will see.

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