Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"If I could wish - for just one dish - my greatest wish - would be more...


OK, not really. But we are trying to eat more fish.

And Calvin was inspired by the day's menu to role-play Tiny from Dinosaur Train ("Dinosaur Prain" in Rubanese) and sing the fish song over and over.

Here is an epiphany I had about myself this week: One of the reasons I love cooking so much is that I love the variety that it brings to my day. Yes, the days generally do not change. Yes, I occasionally get the Ground Hog Day complex. But! Even when I wear my hair in the same ponytail and live in my same grey hooded sweatshirt and listen to the same silly babies and sweep the same floor day in and day out, I can always try something new for dinner.

It works for me.

Tonight was extra fun, because I got to bake something in parchment paper.

Here it is, pre-bake.

It was so easy and fun to put together. Fresh food is easy food.

Calvin* had a super fun day playing with Auntie Keisha but missed me and wanted to stay Velcroed to my side while I put this together. He was my helper.

Look at those lovelies, all tucked in snug!

I tore the first one whilst trying to wrap 'er up and had to fashion a tinfoil cast.


I will make this again and again.

The two biggish cuties even liked it. Silas wasn't so sure, but he did enjoy pretending to bathe in the couscous.

Also, the tomatoes were my own inspiration and highly recommended. I meant to put them into the packets, but forgot. So I halved them and sauteed them in a little olive oil, along with garlic salt and pepper and a splash of white wine and threw them on the top at the end.

You can find the recipe here.

The only other change I made was to add some fresh thyme leaves into the packet. I found some from a week or so ago in my fridge and wanted to acknowledge and reward its hardiness and relentless spirit. It was only fair. And it added just the right extra punch, especially paired with the winey tomatoes.

Please try this.


*Calvity's** Grill Update:

He informed us today that someone at school was "being mean" to him. Then he further explained, "Well, I thought he was being mean, but really he was joking. But I thought he was being mean. He was trying to throw rice on me. So I showed him my teeth."

Us: What do you mean?

Calvin: Like this - Bares his teeth and hisses.

Us: Uh, maybe next time you could just ask him to stop throwing rice on you.

**Funniest nickname ever. The brain-child of my funny friend, T-Benny.

Garage Sale Update:
I'm heading out in 30 minutes for the sale of the Century! ha.

We're right on CR3/Elkhart Street...the "main drag" of Wakarusa. When you see the Middle School , we are right across from it. Small white house. Look for the green Mark Souder sign. And be sure to say hello!


  1. that looks so yummy...mmmmm.....thanks for sharing in the goodness.

    and're funny. keep it up big guy :)

  2. Is this a fishy fish...or a non-foodie friendly fish, like tuna?

    : )

    Julie M.

  3. i've always wanted to try cooking with parchment paper. never have yet. Maybe this is the inspiration I've been waiting for.

  4. Your fish looks delish! I'm ashamed to admit that I have never cooked fish and that it sort of scares me.

  5. Shannan, your posts always make me smile! You really have a wonderful way with words! Calvity - that's a cute one! I loved that little story!

    I made lemon and caper salmon last night for has become a staple around her....we, too, are trying to eat more fish! It was mouthwatering good! And sooooo easy!!

    Hope you have a very successful yard sale!!


  6. That looks absolutely deLISH!

  7. The Mister loves tilapia and oh my word.. I have never yearned for fish at 5:38 am ever. But, right now, I am. crazy. crazy. Adding this to my grocery list today. thankyouverymuc.

  8. My family doesn't like fish. I do. So going to try this one!

  9. Looks and sounds delicious. Another one added to the list to try. Thanks! :)

  10. Wow...that all looks so delicious!! I love fish, but haven not cooked it in a while.

  11. Wyatt growls too!!! Maybe it's a boy thing?!

  12. yummm....that dish looks delish:)
    I love fish and eat it about 3x per week! It's the only meat I eat!

  13. YUM!!!!!!!! That looks/sounds so good. It's been too long since you cooked for me (and I for you, but I swear it's you who owes me!). And Calvity is pretty dang funny!

  14. I'm trying to eat more fish too and I love parchment packets, well the idea of them anyway. Those tomatoes sound awesome. I hope you had a very successful sale day!

  15. I love how you cook! It is so fresh and healthy! Your family is so lucky that you think of great dishes! Love the way the steam from the parchment bag cooks the fish perfectly. Great job and looks fantastico! Thank you for the recipe! ~lulu

  16. I heart you and Womans Day. I also heart you appreciation for my gifted monthly gift. All my love. I will randomly arrive for dinner, be ready.

  17. That recipe looks YUMMY, and I have some tilapia in my freezer! Perfect! We had fish tacos tonight, and they were delicious. Have you ever tried that? I use 1/8 cup taco seasoning, 2 T lemon juice, and 1 T of olive oil. I mix it together and then add one lb. of chopped white fish. Then just throw it in a pan and cook it up, and serve it on corn tortillas. Soooo good.

  18. Um.....I don't eat that. I'll try it with chicken. Ya, that's right...I eat chicken, baby. I'm so glad to get updates on Calvity's grill. So glad this is all behind him. I love cooking too Shanny, and you are so right...fresh is fast. I'm trying a new recipe tonight, a pasta dish with fresh veggies, and sundried tomatoes. I'll let you know how it goes!

  19. Warm weather and sunshine always makes me want to eat fresh and use the grill! I will be trying this with the hubs :) I hope it's pretty fool proof because I have my challenges in the kitchen (i've been getting better)

  20. That looks yummy!!! I am going to give that one a try tomorrow night!!

    Lovin' Calvin's grill humor! :-)))

  21. I can attest that the fish recipe was TO DIE FOR!!

    I have a feeling the fish taco's tonight won't hold a candle to them, even with the cilantro lime dressing.

  22. That looks pretty darn good...and love the name cute!

  23. looks so yummy and pretty too!

  24. It's me, Hoots Mom. My parent's next door neighbor, from North Manchester are coming to the garage sale!! I am so jealous that I am down here in Texas and can't go. My stepmom will be in Chicago so she won't make it, but I told her neighbors to say a big Texas hello for me. My stepmom is now following your blog too. Her blog is Izzy's Acres. It's all about farm life, goats and junkin'. I hope you do great with your sale. sounds like so much fun!! were coming in July for the big county fair. I'd love to visit with you. check out my blog and e-mail me, we recently switched our adoption program from China to Korea!! CANT WAIT!!! PS... I know your extrememly busy with three little peas now so don't worry if it takes you a while. I'm the worst responder to blog requests! take care. SAL

  25. Ooooh! T-Benny - I know her! Glad Calvin is embracing his new chompers. Might as well make them work for him!