“Cook ingredients that you are used to cooking by other techniques, such as fish, chicken, or hamburgers. In other words be comfortable with the ingredients you are using.” – Bobby Flay
My trinity ingredients for fish: butter, dill and lemon. I am most comfortable with that, a sidedish of baked potatoes and steaming rice would suffice whether the fish is seared, baked or pan-grilled.
Sometime ago when the trees where sprouting leaves I bought a Groupon deal for fresh fish market. I went to the market one lovely Wednesday afternoon only to learn that they are open only on Thursdays. I went back again in Summer but they are closed and I was told that they’ll be open again in September. I really looked forward to September then it hit me: that the deal will expire on the 9th, the last Thursday that I could go would be the 8th. So that Thursday I called and said that I’d be dropping by to use my deal. The kids and I went hurriedly but even though I’ve been there twice we got lost and we had to walk about 20 minutes. 🙁 When we came, all the fish were caught, I mean bought already. We were told to come back next week since a lot of buyers weren’t able to use theirs.
So next week came and I saw to it that we would arrive earlier than we did the last time. Thank goodness there were still a lot of them fish when we arrived. I got us brook trouts and a red-spotted trout, much bigger than what we caught from the rivers of Fürth (story to follow). Sorry, I know fish aren’t the most photogenic subjects but I just have to show this, you could see the pinkish flesh of both.
They’re surely bigger than a ruler size, head and tail not included…What I did for this dish was to stuff the fish belly with dill, sprinkle with salt and pepper, squeeze fresh lemon juice and put lemon slices on top. I put in whole, washed potatoes too and buttered everything generously. Got the ensemble baked and here’s what we got: