Huh? “Game on?” Really? I didn’t realize she was so competitive! Last week I simply suggested to a good friend and coworker that we both try the same fish recipe I had saved from SippitySup and each blog about it. I had previously gone to her for some fish prep advice so I know she was aware that I’m not much of a “fish chef”. My spouse doesn’t even like fish! I have never, ever, pan-roasted fish. (Isn’t that what we more commonly called ‘frying’?) So how this friendly exchange became “Top Chef: Blogger Edition” (complete with judging categories) I can’t tell you but I don’t like to shirk from a challenge! (But how convenient for her to deem that our spouses are the judges in this competition! Did I mention that mine doesn’t even like fish?) I think someone has been watching too much cable TV, don’t you? But seriously, she got her photo and post listed at Foodgawker which is pretty darn fantastic so congrats Leslie (and Hunter, her husband slash photographer!) She is a great cook and I have learned a lot in the short time she has been sharing with us on her blog. I even learned enough to knock the butter out of tonight’s recipe. Be sure to check out her blog!
So for my part tonight I had to pretty much kick it in gear to get something up on these pages for you and my “judge” spouse. (Or is that for Padme, Tom, and Gail?) I didn’t want to anger the judge or have him disqualify me for being late with my entre now did I? To beat the buzzer tonight I had to to work in a few shortcuts as I had no time to get to the market after work. I’m a big lover of those already prepared fresh lentils at Trader Joe’s so using those saved me a good 15 minutes of cooking time. Not quite as elegant as doing the green lentils (which I love too) but tonight I had to make do. I hope Greg forgives me. Also saving me a trip to the supermarket tonight was the container of prepared mirepoix that I had bought (also at Trader Joe’s) last night thinking I would make a quick chicken soup tonight for a dear sick friend. He won’t mind, I’m sure, since this is a competition and I’m sure just knowing that I’m cooking fabulous halibut for a competition will make him feel better.
So here it goes:
Pan Roasted Halibut with herbed lentils and breadcrumbs
Enjoy and await the decision of the judges in your house! My judge ate it all and actually asked me to make this for his finicky uncle. So regardless, I’m a winner. Thanks Leslie for the fun! Lets do this again! Greg, is it beginning to feel a bit like “Tuesdays with SippitySup” around here? (Don’t tempt me! )