There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. ~Washington Irving
If our winters weren't so cold, I think my father would be far less serene between the months of January and March. Odd, but true. I'm certain of it.
Of course, I could never seem to get enough of the lightly battered and golden pieces of meat on my plate and into my belly to satisfy myself, and though I don't often fry them now myself, my mother's way of cooking fish might still be my all time favorie.
This week for Dark Days though, I needed to try something new. Perch is a tricky fish to cook. The fillets are usually fairly small, the meat is quite tender and falls apart easily once cooked, and the flavor is delightful but quite mild and could easily be overpowered. One of my other favorite perch dishes is a casserole of sorts with rice, onion, mushrooms, tomato chunks and feta, but too many of those items I cannot find locally.
Once again, the internet came to my rescue. Initially motivated by my Antarctic friend and fellow Dark Days cook Brittney's description of a pasta dish made with Vodka, I went on to find this tasty sounding dish with pasta and whitefish at Food 52. I didn't have the right spices for that one though, but I took the fish+pasta idea and returned to the vodka concept (hmmm... imagine that). A quick look more and I found this dish by The Pioneer Woman and then this very similar one at Smitten Kitchen. I was on to something.
Again in somewhat of a rush when it came down to actual cooking time, I failed to take many pictures along the way. However, here's what I ended up doing:
Wendy's Pasta à la Vodka con il Pesce
|The Bug finally worked up the nerve to go IN the tent instead of just stand beside it, and he LOVED it!|
|He didn't eat much this week, but the hand made "NooNoo" were definately enjoyed.|
|The other big food winner of the week was fresh bread from BobbinBobbin, |
eaten of course, only directly off the loaf while sitting on the floor.
I guess come to think of it, I'm a very bad mother when it comes to germs.