Saturday, February 02, 2008

el dorado

A few days ago Fernando brought us several beautiful pieces of Dorado, the Halibut of Mexico. It is a sweet, succulent white fish that performs beautifully no matter how you cook it. Last evening, it being Friday, and my being an observer of the meatless Friday tradition on which I was raised, I decided to make a fish stew/soup. I used to have a good recipe for such a dish but couldn't find it, so I just made it up as I went along. It got a bit picante along the way due to a liberal use of some yellow peppers and a chipotle shred about as tiny as I could cut that was, at that, probably too much. Nonetheless, with a bit of wine, broth, spices, chopped veggies and a potato to cut the salt, plus a liberal squeeze of lime, it was absolutely delicious. Even the Patient thought it was good and not too spicy for his sensitive throat. Fortunately there's enough for tonight so I don't have to cook again until Monday, tomorrow evening being tacitos. That's the kind of kitchen schedule I like.

Most of today has been spent listening to the opera, "Die Walküre", passionate, majestic and with some of the most glorious music in all opera but, I must admit, interminable. It began at 11:30 AM, our time. It's now after 4:30 PM and they've just dropped the curtain on the blazing stage as Wotan closes the eyes of his dead daughter, Brünnhilde. I'm exhausted.

Yesterday afternoon a branch on the big bougainvillea in the back yard broke off from the weight of it's blossoms. These beauties were rescued by The Patient for our indoor enjoyment, and yours.


At 6:01 PM, Blogger mary ann said...

Lovely soup AND flowers ~ everything is so colorful in your life!


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