It seems like we've gotten into a lot of bad habits lately. While I was sick with the Day Care Cholera I was too sick to really enforce television rules (or to do much besides lie there and groan), so my daughter got into the very bad habit of watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse all the time. It's a wretched show at the best of times, but when you're watching the same six episodes on an on-demand infinite loop it kind of makes you feel like tearing out your own eyeballs. Or at least it makes me feel like tearing out my own eyeballs. Fortunately she was at a party recently where someone turned on the television and all of the other children immediately stopped what they were doing, focussed on the television and refused to interact with anything else for the rest of the day. She couldn't shake their attention from the idiot box even by picking them up and moving them. This frightened her ("Were they zombies, Mommy?") and when she whines too much about Mickey I just remind her of that and she goes and finds something else to do.
Anyway, one of the other habits we fell into while I was sick was dining out. I was forbidden from entering the kitchen and I was really okay with that. Dining out created less of a mess in the house. As I recovered and my quarantine period passed I found that I really didn't want to go back in the kitchen. I felt uninspired. I was feeling so incredibly bored with my own cooking. It's not like the food options around us in suburbia have changed, but at least I could do something else besides wash dishes and make them dirty again. Still, all of the weight loss success achieved by the Day Care Cholera was erased by the constant dining out and of course I had nothing new to post. I'm trying to force myself to get back into the kitchen and cook, but it's difficult. We're all kind of in this space where it's just easier to go out... I need to give myself a better dose of the "Were they zombies, Mommy?" treatment and make it easier for myself to eat at home instead of dining out again.
Anyway, this was something that I actually did make at home. It's a very simple poached fish dish. I incorporated the vegetables while cooking the protein instead of separating them to keep the flavors together. It was a good way to use up things like that little bit of leftover white wine that had been lingering for a while. It was very easy, and of course it cooked up very quickly. It's a bit of a departure for me in that it uses butter but butter goes very well with mushrooms. It would make a good weeknight or weekend dish.
Fish with Mushrooms and Leeks (serves 4; approx. $4.23/serving)
3 hake fillets
12 large button mushrooms, sliced
1 large leek, washed, halved and sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup vegetable broth
- Large, deep saute pan
- Melt the butter in the oil over medium-low heat.
- Add the mushrooms and leek. Saute until the mushrooms are tender. They will give up some liquid, so don't worry about adding more fat.
- Add the liquids and bring to a simmer.
- Add the fish. Cook until it is cooked through. You may need to flip it once during cooking.
- Serve hot.