Monday, February 27, 2012

in my kitchen {simplicity style}

This is often the time of year when inspiration in the kitchen is hard to come by for me. As much as I love potatoes and root vegetables, I tend to get in a winter cooking rut when there's no farmer's market or garden abundance in sight for at least another 2 months. So, oftentimes it helps to just keep things simple, and strive to embrace the simplicity that makes the eventual return of the spring growing season all the more cherished when it does arrive.


And speaking of embracing, I'm now officially, completely, and utterly in love with homemade mayo! My current favorite (simple) lunch is roasted chicken salad with lots of mayo. If it was summer and I had a fresh cucumber, I would slice it up and make little tea sandwiches with this mayo-filled chicken salad. But even in winter, with just a bit of celery, it is SO good.


It's also now officially Lent, which for us here means meatless Fridays. Although, for reasons I'm still not quite certain of, fish does not qualify as "meat," so really, what we have are "fish Fridays."


Here's a simple Lenten (or anytime) recipe:

Fried fish with an Asian twist

1. Coat fish fillets (any white fish will do - typically I use tilapia) in a mixture of flour, salt, and cayenne pepper

2. Deep fry for 10-15 minutes

3. Top with julienned fresh ginger and sweet chili sauce

4. Eat with rice and your choice of veggies. Stir fried cabbage with onions, garlic, and fish sauce complements this nicely.


Wishing you all a week filled with simple and tasty eats.

19 comments:

  1. ooh - the chicken mayo looks lovely. We're just at the beginning of wild-garlic season here, so there's a definite garlicky theme to everything coming from my kitchen at the moment!

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  2. That chicken salad gives me an idea for lunch today! I haven't bought store mayo in years now, homemade is the BEST!!

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  3. We like chicken mayo/mustard sandwiches too.

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  4. That looks so good! had to laugh about your comment on fish being a meat, never could figure out why people don't consider it so. It certainly isn't a grain, vegetable, fruit, dairy or a fat!

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  5. I could eat chicken salad every day :) Absolutely delicious with a bit of onion, diced celery and a few grape halves in it... MUST make your mayo today (we are major mayo fans here). Store bought pales in comparison, so why do I procrastinate?

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    1. I had been putting it off, too, but it literally takes more time to clean the blender than it does to make the mayo ;) Let me know how yours turns out!

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  6. OH, my goodness, that fish looks so delish. If only I could convince both of my girls to eat fish!! I know, I never got the "fish is okay, just not meat" for Lent thing either. Perhaps fish have less feelings and emotions than beef or chicken?? : )

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  7. I want to stop by and have lunch with you. I love chicken salad. Thanks for the fish receipe. It will help with "what to eat during Lent on Fridays".

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  8. This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Your chicken salad looks yummy and so does the fish! I have some tilapia in the freezer, gonna have to try frying it for a change! :)

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  10. Chicken salad looks good. Winter foods get old after a while for me too. I like to look at all the "fresh" produce in the store. Maybe once in a while buy the stuff to make a green salad. Just gotta once in a while:)

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  11. I've just stumbled across your blog and I adore it - especially your description of your simple life "in all its complexities" - perfect!

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  12. Yesterday I Thought:Fish,can I deep fry it?
    And now today I find your blog and guess what...About deep frying ....
    Thanks.We'll try it next time.
    Wilma

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    1. Hi Wilma! We really enjoy fish this way - I hope you like it, too :)

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  13. Jaime that looks fabulously delicious. It's been a long time since I observed Lent, but when I did, I always felt guilty on Fridays. I loved fish far more than meat, in fact ate very little meat, so that there was absolutely no sacrifice in giving it up. I always thought the sacrifice would be in giving up fish and eating meat, but I never did it because I knew no one would understand, LOL.

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    1. It's funny you mention that, Leigh - it's definitely a bigger sacrifice for my husband than it is for me! His brother and I were joking the other day about how we could have lobsters, crab, shrimp, etc., making Lenten Fridays quite luxurious ;) But, as you say, that really defeats the whole purpose!

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  14. Looks so yummy. I love the added challenge of lenten cooking, meal planning takes a little longer, but it gets me out of the seasonal rut you mentioned. The ginger and chili sauce are definitely a change from our normal winter (long cooking) eating habits.

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  15. I love potatoes. They are rich in ketones. Which are suppose to be really good for you. They also have a good amount of protein. I like having fish once a week to change things up.

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