Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's All In The Description...or, How To Make Amazing Dishes With Only Two Ingredients

Oven-Roasted Cod with Pineapple-Chipotle Salsa, Coconut Rice, and Asian Broccoli Slaw.

Doesn't that just sound fantastic ?

A lot of food writing is really all in the description. Written like that, last night's dinner sounds like something fancy that you could serve to guests, or something to impress your coworkers with..."Oh, I just whipped that up when I got home, no big"...just sort of casually slip it into conversation when your boss is around, or something. This is really how I got started blogging - I'd write up what we were having for dinner as my Facebook status, but I'd make the description as delicious as possible. Blogging was just the next natural step...okay, so I had a few friends gently nudge me along. Totally worth it :)

In reality, this dinner was so simple that it's almost embarassing to blog it. "Fish, rice and coleslaw" doesn't sound nearly as sexy...but that is in fact what this was. And each dish really had two ingredients.

For the fish, you just plunk a fillet or two in a baking dish, open a jar of salsa, dump it on top, and bake it in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, until fish flakes easily with a fork.

the salsa

the fish
Coconut rice is a snap too - prepare rice according to package directions (jasmine or Jasmati both worh really well) , but substitute coconut milk for part of the water. I used one cup rice and one can of coconut milk with enough water added to make 2 1/2 cups of liquid.

Same thing with the Asian Broccoli Slaw...one bag of broccoli slaw, with seasame-ginger dressing added to taste :
it takes two, baby...
There are two optional ingredients you can add to the slaw, if you want to go all crazy...a shot of toasted sesame oil, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds :

So remember - sometimes all it takes is some good p.r. to make you a star !!

No comments:

Post a Comment