Sunday, May 12, 2013

A simple meal in a hurry!

Sometimes you want a pretty meal of deliciousness but simply.  This is one of those meals.  I'm going to give you this recipe as a visit to my kitchen, following me through the steps of preparation on a beautiful spring day.

Start with a glass of wine and a smile, it's a beautiful day!  (May I recommend an Eberle Winery Chardonnay?)  

Take some mild fish filets and sprinkle them with curry powder, let sit while you prepare your side dishes.  (I keep frozen tilapia filets on hand in the freezer for this favorite meal).

Prepare a rice medley mix (like the unseasoned ones from Trader Joe's)from a package or just plain long grain rice.  The secret to good flavor is to brown chopped onions and grated carrot and toast the rice a little before you add chicken broth.  Make it easy by keeping chopped onions in the freezer in 1/4 cup amounts.
Add 1/2 tsp tumeric for that pretty yellow flavor.  Yes, yellow is a flavor...warm, golden and happy!

The rice to water ratio depends on how much you are making.  It's easiest if you do the browning in a pan, dump everything into a rice cooker and use the recommended amount of liquid to rice.  Then just use the browning pan for your fish.

I also keep chopped up frozen bacon (ends and pieces)in the freezer so I can brown it and add vegetables like these fresh green beans to steam in the bacon fat with a little water like a greasy delicious bacon broth.  

After I set the table and finish my glass of wine then it's time
to add butter to the pan I browned the onions in and cook the tilapia 4 to 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  It will smell amazing.

Dinner's ready!