Never a good idea to go grocery shopping while hungry. Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof…
I swear, I have no idea how those chips made it into the bag. Or how the bag got opened so quickly once I got home. Very curious indeed.
So why did I break my rule never to shop while hungry? Well, there it was, Thursday night, and I had not yet made this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Almond Flounder Meuniere. In fact, I had basically given up on this week and just thought that I would have to catch up with everyone else this weekend. But then a little office miracle happened, my inbox started to clear up and my telephone quieted to a dull roar, and I actually managed to get out of work in time to make it to the grocery store. No easy feat in a country where the stores seem designed to avoid customers at all costs.
Luckily Dorie’s recipe was easy and quick, otherwise I might have done some serious damage to that bag of chips. Her idea is a cross between trout amandine and sole meuniere. I picked sole simply because that is what looked best at the store. As instructed, my sole got a coating of crushed almonds, then into the pan for a couple of minutes and voila, dinner is served. Actually, my side dish took longer to prepare. I made what in my house is called croatian Potatoes, but is in reality a modified version of what we had in Croatia. My version was made with boiled potatoes, spinach, garlic, and olive oil.
Pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself. Dorie’s fish was simple and delicious. A perfect weeknight meal if one can actually get to the store on time. And my potatoes, while not authentically croatian, were close enough make me happy. I could definitely see making this meal again.
I’m back to add a note about my side dish which seems to have stolen all the attention from my fish. My husband and I have been to Croatia a few times now and we have fallen in love with the food, particularly the food of the Istrian region. But this side dish of potatoes & chard is one that we found all along the coast and it seemed to be THE standard side dish for fish. An internet search for the recipe led me to a fellow expat food blogger’s site and to this lovely but simple recipe. As you can see, the traditional way to go is chard, but since chard is out of season at the moment, I had my potatoes this week with spinach.The key seems to be the olive oil, use good oil (doesn’t have to be the crazy expensive stuff but it needs to have a good flavor to it) and use way more of it than you would normally consider.