I received a gift card for a good grocery store in the Twin Cities and as I left town I got a few things I would not ordinarily have bought.
Tonight for supper I made a little rainbow trout!
I started with a bit of chopped onion, butter and olive oil, some ginger oil, and put the critter on a bed of stalks of fennel all in a glass pan.. dish… thing. For moisture, I used some fish base I keep around, half a glass the white wine I was sipping (Franciscan Chardonnay) and the juice of a lemon. No salt because of the fish base. No pepper.
The glass pan went into the oven, covered at 325F for 30 minutes.
I drained off the liquid and reduced it for a couple minutes. I then added a some crème fraîche, beat it up with a whisk.
I finished the plate with capers, little fronds from the fennel I saved and some black pepper and cayenne pepper.
Had there been guest I would have dressed out the fish after presenting them. But I just did it all on the plate, since I am pretty deft at this.
So…. TV dinner is served!
The bread is toasted ciabatta.
So, we begin to dressit out. First the skin on the top. I always work with at least one spoon… often two.
The flesh slides right off. Again, had this been for guests, I would have shifted it all to a different plate. I was lazy.
You can lift the whole back bone, tail and head out as one piece and put it aside. Just think of the old cartoon garbage can accessories when cats were involved.
The sauce was so good that I got out one of my precious sauce spoons just for fun!
You don’t want to miss a drop of this stuff. I would lick the plate… but that is why on the eighth day (or during the Octave) God created the cuillère à sauce individuelle!
Yep. Not bad.
It’s a nice change from ramen.
I am very grateful for to my dear friend who gave me the grocery gift card.
It was a nice supper for my name day…well… one of my name days.
It is good to stay in practice!