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.