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October 8th, 2011 (07:20 pm)
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current mood: amused

Sometimes, I remember I really can cook.

Surprise Mostly Vegetarian French Jewish Houseguest walks in while I'm halfway though making dinner.

Did not even know he was eating with us.

Stuffed capsicums (stuffed with leftover lamb risotto) were not edible, and sausages were declined, but fortunately Mum had just brought home fresh shark from the markets. (We said 'fish' though, even though we tend to call shark shark in this house)

The potatoes, however, which were the only other offered carbohydrate, suddenly had to be changed. Mashed potato doesn't go with fried fish. Half-considered thoughts of potato bake were discarded (Yessss, serving milk, cheese and ham with that fish would work. Not). Potato salad had to go out the window, since we only have whole egg mayonnaise and I was now aiming for Inoffensive As Possible.

I had an almost empty jar of sundried tomatoes in olive oil, though. Sundried tomatoes, capers, chives, spring onions chopped through the potato... and enough of the jar oil over the top to add flavour and make things stick.

It got eaten. *buffs nails*.


Posted by: Julie (aggiebell90)
Posted at: October 8th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)

Shark is yummy.

Mashed potato doesn't go with fried fish.

Obviously, you haven't met my family. Mashed potato goes with everything! (Although our mashed potato wouldn't have made the cut either, given the butter, cheese, and sour cream we usually put in...)

Your solution sounds really good, though. :) One thing we do sometimes is take the potato chunks, spray/drizzle with a little olive oil and toss with some garlic (either fresh and minced fine or garlic powder), then bake until tender. My whole family loves them like that, even the picky eaters.

Posted by: Zahri Seb Melitor (zahri_melitor)
Posted at: October 8th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)

My mother would die of shock if I actually voluntarily put mashed potatoes on the table for a meal that didn't require them (I regard them as a boring straight carbohydrate, the only purpose of which is to sop up good gravy. I had no gravy).

And yes, mashed potatoes would have meant I would've had to mash them with a bit of salt, pepper, pot water and maybe a drizzle of oil. No milk or butter, which is our normal baseline.

I had plain boiled potatoes that I cut into smaller chunks. We do a baked potato chunk thing that sounds a lot like that, only it usually has cubes of pumpkin and sweet potato through it too (and I've been known to add carrot chunks and onion eighths when I'm feeling really lazy and just want to bake everything). Oil and garlic make most things better.

Posted by: only love .:. only sky (notalwaysweak)
Posted at: October 9th, 2011 10:01 am (UTC)
TMNT: Mikey.

You for the win! It's a bit unfair when you get that last minute expectation to cook for someone, though, especially considering the dietary issues you were working around. The stuffed capsicums sound yummy.

Posted by: Zahri Seb Melitor (zahri_melitor)
Posted at: October 9th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)

The stuffed capsicums were not only awesome, but an efficient use of leftovers, so I was pretty happy.

I have no objections to working around dietary concerns, as long as I have warning.

I was halfway through cooking. I had literally just pulled boiled potatoes out of the pot and was considering what to do with them. It irritated me.

Posted by: only love .:. only sky (notalwaysweak)
Posted at: October 10th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)

Warning is good for dietary issues. Very, very good.

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