Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What To Serve With the Crunchy Baked Haddock?

Perhaps you have a partner or children that love everything... Lucky you!  I, on the other hand, often have restrictions.  Like a four year old who, somehow, somewhere, learned that if you say "I'm allergic" it  means you won't have to eat or drink something you don't like.   Like "I'm allergic to water"  when he can't have juice or milk once he's brushed his teeth before bed.  

Or quirky things like - not liking anything green - including specks of zucchini in muffins even if they're loaded with chocolate chips.  He and his brother have told me more than once that they don't eat fish.  Although the little one loves, loves, loves lox  and smoked mackerel.  I guess no one told him they are fish.   Shhhhhhh!

Yesterday, my Honey had a last minute business dinner to go to so I had the chance to eat a side dish that he would never put in his mouth.  I had already semi prepared the Crunchy Baked Haddock using the fillets I bought at The Fish Shop at Pier 20 at the market on Saturday.  I knew he would love that for a main dish.  I was going to roast some beets and carrots, which he does relish.  But when he called to say he wouldn't be home for dinner... I decided to use the eggplant, which I normally would disguise in a dish like Lamb & Eggplant Shepherd's Pie or Lamb & Eggplant Burgers (a real treat).

And while it doesn't look pretty, or even have a real recipe, I had to share my fried eggplant with you.   Thinly sliced eggplant, a humongous garlic clove, sliced paper thin, lots of butter and olive oil - not a very heart healthy dish, but... so delicious.   Cook over medium high heat until the eggplant and garlic slices are crispy on the outside and tender within.   Sprinkle with some coarse sea salt and serve...careful not to drool all over yourself.

What's your favorite thing to whip up when there's only you to please?  My Honey was actually surprised that I didn't make liver.


Goody said...

I make your creamed salmon on toast. They won't touch it, but it reminds me of childhood. I'd forgotten it until you posted it once.

How can they hate salmon? I swear, I don't understand those boys. I mean, my husband grew up in the Pacific Northwest...and he won't eat salmon? It was such a luxury food for us in Chicago.

So hey, if I don't get back over here this week, I hope you have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Joanne said...

Thankfully, I'm the only one I need to please...but one thing I couldn't give up is winter squash.

Ruth Daniels said...

Goody, so glad my creamed salmon on toast is a fave of yours. Fortunately for me, everyone here likes it. In fact,I'm always amazed at how many people find out I plan on serving it.

Joanne, good thing winter squash "hides" so easily. Even when you do have guests, and even if they think they hate squash... well, you know...

Thanks for the Holiday wishes. I wish both of you a season of peace, good health and prosperity.

Pam said...

Eggplant! Love that eggplant! And I really like your blog!

Ruth Daniels said...

Pam thanks for the comment and for liking my blog.