the neighbor's compact, TUF front-yard garden has begun the bumper yield of golden cherry tomatoes, and this is one of the first handfuls. when she gives them to us, she always tells me they are for col. snuggles (our tomato-gobbling guinea pig). he gets some of them, but i skim a few off the top. they are delicious--just picked and warm, they taste like sundrops!
what follows is a chronicle of some cooking adventures lately. i love cooking, but i am far from an advanced cook. i find that rarely anything i make comes out the same way twice. i guess you could say my cooking style is.....approximate?
I. sauteed tilapia. i love fish! all fish! and some fish are more ethical than others...i intend to assemble a list of ethical edible fish soon. i have read that freshwater fish like tilapia tend to be a good choice, as they are farmed here in north america and the farming techniques aren't too hard on the environment. but i should do more research...
we often buy fresh fish at the big box and freeze it, letting it thaw in the fridge or submerging it in cold running water in the sink if we're in a hurry. tilapia generally holds up to both these treatments well, as long as they are fairly hefty fillets. i make sure to dry them off very well before sauteeing.
this fish was dipped in one well-beaten egg, then a mixture of unbleached all-purpose flour, breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and dried basil. then it got sauteed in a mixture of butter/olive oil heated up past the foamy stage. for crispy flaky goodness, i think it was maybe 2-3 minutes a side? yum.
II. rotisserie chicken. we got the toaster oven that has a rotisserie function as a wedding gift, and it is one of the most useful appliances i've ever had the pleasure of knowing. we use the rotisserie aspect of it more than the toaster!