Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bobbie Gets Her Fish Dinner

There is a very special lady here in the apartments named Bobbie. She can always be found sitting in the front room looking out side and talking with whoever comes down. A fierce 110 lbs, but never leaves the building except with paramedics and not often then! Well slave heard that Bobbie felt left out because cake had been brought out to the card players, and whole meals had gone to Terri next door, but nothing brought to her. Last night slave learned she loved fish!

So I told her to just sit tight, I was fixing a whole meal for her. Now ladies of a certain age, often feel uncomfortable going to a single man's apartment for dinner. Can't imagine what goes through their heads, I just accept it. So this cod en papillote with balsamic and maple was plated up along with some roasted green beans and served with ice tea in the common room. Slave then helped her up and walked her as if to a fancy restaurant, held her chair and we enjoyed a good meal. I was filled with joy to be able to serve such a wonderful lady with so much life experience!
For those of us who serve, such a chance is a very great feeling.

2 filets of cod
1 shallot minced
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tbs olive oil
1 Tbs maple syrup
1 cup broccoli slaw mix

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Mince the shallot (chop into tiny pieces)
  3. Make the dressing by combining chopped shallot, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce, with a pinch of kosher salt in a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil. (Always measure out the oil first, then the sticky stuff- syrup will then slide right out of the measure. Also have a damp paper towel handy any time you open a bottle of something sticky. Wipe the lip and the cap before closing. Now the next time the lid will come right off without using a “jaws-of-life”. Set aside to blend
  4. Lay out the parchment paper, fold two pieces and cut into a half heart.

  1. Place filets onto the parchment and sprinkle lightly with herbs.

  1. layer with the broccoli slaw mix

  1. Spoon on the dressing, use sparingly. It will give a lot of taste, but too much will leak out and cause a big mess, perhaps burn on your pan and stink up the place. Remember, it is OK to have left over sauce for the table.

Fold the paper packets and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Heat a green vegetable to go with this.
Serve an un-opened packet on each plate with the bowl of green vegetable on the side. Allow your guest to cut open the package as a surprise and eat from that or they can scrape the filet & topping onto the plate themselves.

Cooking en papillote takes awhile to learn how to fold the paper. However the results are so heavenly and clean up is so easy.

socialslave suggests a nice crooning for this repast:
Serving my WONDERFUL Master Indy

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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