Look at Giada, sitting over there on her immaculate white couch, all perky and pretty and fearlessly brandishing a bowl of potential tomato stains. I partially hate her for how easily she pulls off what has to be a charade of perfection, but the other, bigger part of me wants to be friends with her, or barring that, wants to emulate her. Ha. Unlikely. I don't even buy white shirts, much less dare eat pasta in them.
Lots of Giada's recipes appeal to me when she's selling them on tv, but until this point, I've only cooked from this book twice. She puts on an excellent show of enjoying her own food, but I have very little idea of how good the end product is in real life. So, without further ado, let the immersion begin!
Matt went grocery shopping on his way home from work. I don't want to put shoes on Charlie until his feet are all healed up, so I couldn't go during the day. Tonight's dinner had to be quick and easy, and Roasted Halibut With Pea and Mint Salad (pg 134) seemed to fit the bill. I'm sure you're getting sick of hearing me say this, but I should have read the directions closer, because I didn't realize the fish had to marinate in oil, garlic, and lemon juice for 30 minutes.
I did not marinate the fish, and so this was quick and easy. I coated the fish in the marinade and popped it right in the oven. Marination would have improved things, but this was still pretty good. The store had no halibut, so I used cod, which doesn't taste like much on its own. The fish stayed nice and moist following the recipe's timing, and had a subtle taste of garlic. Had it marinated, I'm sure it would have had more flavor. Even so, it tasted fresh and light (and better than anything out of the Healthy Family Cookbook. I'm sorry. I'll get over it eventually.)
Conclusion: Liked it. I would definitely try this again, allowing the fish to marinate.
Much to my dismay, I can not participate in this week's French Friday's With Dorie. The recipe was to be Roasted Rhubarb, which you add to cake or ice cream as a dessert. Apparently the supermarket had no rhubarb. Matt even asked someone about it. They said that the shipment they received was so awful looking that they threw it out and ordered more. I am saddened. We have raspberries and blackberries in the fridge, so I think I'll make a sauce out of those for my rhubarb-ready vanilla ice cream, since I had my heart set on dessert tonight.