Cooking With Stanley is a bit late this week. Sorry about that, time just got away from me. I have this problem where I sometimes genuinely don't know what the day of the week is, or even the date. I have two calendars on the wall by my desk and a planner always open to today's date but I'd say 75% of the time, I have no clue what day it is. I blame it on not really having weekends but who knows. So yesterday, when I was getting things together, I realized that I posted something else and not Cooking With Stanley AND...it was Wednesday. By the time I was able to sit down and get to it, it was just way too late in the day to post anything. Better late than never, right?
Main Dish: Fillets of Fish in a Basil Tomato Sauce with Crostini
Dessert: Tuscan Biscotti
Ever since the potential food allergy situation, I've had to cut some of the meals down to eliminate any shellfish. I won't lie, it's disappointing and kind of a pain since I planned these meals so meticulously but I decided I'd rather not risk my safety all because of food. You might think that's a no brainer but I still refuse to believe I actually have an allergy. For the love of God I just had shrimp! Isn't that like the mother of all shellfish allergies? I really don't get it. But on the other hand, not all fish is out which means the main course for this week was a go.
We started with a simple salad that I whipped up super quick and ate while the fish finished cooking. When I say that I planned the timing of this meal perfectly, I'm not kidding. I didn't want the fish to be overcooked or cold when I served it which meant it had to be served right out of the oven. Well, I had everyone sitting down and eating their salads as the fish finished cooking through and then plopped it onto the plates immediately. I stopped by the grocery store that morning to pick up some fresh fillets and ended up with Walleye. My Papa couldn't stop taking about how that was his favorite but sometimes it could be expensive. The odds must have been on his side because not only did they have it, it was one of the cheaper options. It was my first time eating Walleye and I have to say it wasn't too bad. The sauce the fish was cooked in was packed with flavor and I really think it made the dish. I toasted up some French bread that I sliced and drizzled olive oil over it to use as the crostini. It was delicious to soak the sauce up with.
For dessert, I made the Tuscan Biscotti. This traditional and simple recipe has a mix of anise, vanilla and almond extract. It's very tasty and I'm proud to say I didn't set the house on fire. Baking is not my specialty. I either forget there's something in the oven or get impatient and don't measure the ingredients. My idea of baking is grabbing some break-offs in the refrigerator section and slipping them in the oven for some quick cookies. Just this week I made muffins out of a bag. However, I really want to start baking more because I love the end result. So, I think I'll be making something each Friday. They're slow days anyway and who wouldn't want to kick off the weekend with some homemade sweets. I still think I have a lot to learn with the biscotti though. I have a feeling it was more the oven than me but one of the loaves did not cook as well as the other. Before you cut the cookies into strips, you bake two loaves of the dough. One turned out exactly like you would expect for biscotti, the other is still a bit soft in the middle. I have a few left that I'm still munching on. Regardless, these are delicious cookies. Biscotti is one of my favorites so I had a blast eating these.
Well, that's this week's Cooking With Stanley. Does any of this look good to you? Next week, I've got more pasta and some fish.