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Saturday, July 27, 2019

FISH WITH CUMIN-GARLIC BUTTER Recipe


Sorry the picture is not staged nicely ... but, I was hungry. I got a late start getting Dinner underway, and didn't feel like prepping for a fancy picture.

This fish meal is delish! I used tilapia; but trout, red snapper, halibut, or swordfish can be substituted.

The recipe comes from my old August 1985 Bon Appetit cooking magazine.

The meal is pretty simple to make too, despite all the fuss to pull it together.

FISH WITH CUMIN-GARLIC BUTTER ~ 4 servings

Cumin Garlic Butter: ¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted Butter, room temperature * 1 Tablespoon minced Garlic * 2 teaspoons ground Cumin * 1-1/2 teaspoons Hungarian Sweet Paprika * 1 teaspoons fresh Lemon Juice * pinch Cayenne Pepper * Sea Salt & Black pepper to taste

FISH: 4 10- to 12-ounce fish, cleaned and trimmed * 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil * 2 Tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice * 2 teaspoons ground Cumin * 1 teaspoon minced Garlic * Sea salt & Black Pepper to taste

ZUCCHINI & POTATO GARNISH: 2 Tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted Butter * 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil * 1 pound boiling Potatoes, cooked until tender – peeled and cut into 3/8-inch slices * ½ pound Zucchini, cut into ¼-inch slices * Sea Salt & Black Pepper to taste

1.5 pound of potatoes = 1 medium potato
1.4 pound of zucchini = 3 small; I used green & yellow zucchini.

FOR BUTTER; Beat butter in medium bowl until smooth. Stir in garlic, cumin, paprika, lemon juice, and cayenne. Season with salt & pepper. Let stand 1 hour at room temperature (Can be prepared 1 day ahead and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving).

Flavored Butter

FOR FISH; Arrange fish in shallow baking dish. Mix oil, lemon juice, cumin, garlic, salt & pepper: pour marinade over fish, (rubbing inside and out if using whole fish). Let stand 1 hour.

Fillets marinating

Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Spread 2 teaspoons of flavored butter inside each fish if using whole fish – (just spread on fish if using fillets). Bake fish I marinade until opaque; basting twice, for 12 minutes.


ZUCCHINI/POTATO GARNISH; Melt 1 Tablespoon butter with 1 Tablespoon oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add half the potato slices in a single layer – sprinkle with salt & pepper: cook 4 minutes, shaking pan occasionally. Turn potatoes over; sprinkle with salt and pepper & cook until golden brown – about 4 minutes more. Turn potatoes again; increase heat and cook 2 minutes. Remove with slotted spatula. Add remaining potatoes and repeat process.


In another skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add zucchini, sprinkle with salt & pepper; cook zucchini until just tender – about 2 minutes on each side.


Using a small, sharp knife, scrape skin off upper part of whole fish if using whole fish. Set fish on platter or plate, and arrange zucchini slices down one side of fish – and potato slices down the other side. Spread some of the flavored butter atop the fish. Pass remaining butter separately.

WHAT I MISS MOST IS THE INTIMACY



What I miss the most is the intimacy.

The pillow talk shared between my husband and myself.

The smoldering glances.

The touches in passing.

The quick kisses that promised slow, passionate love making later on.

Things you can't talk about with your kids; and it would be pretty weird IF you could talk about those things with your kids. MPO

Things that would be awkward to discuss with your in-laws.

Things other widows and widowers would understand; but still off-limits in discussions.

What I miss the most is the intimacy ... where SO MUCH WAS SAID; without even a word uttered.