This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Salmon with Basil Tapenade, was the dish that just did not want to be made. But let me start at the beginning.
Business hours in Germany are very different from what I was used to in Chicago. Very different. Living in Chicago, I can honestly say that I don’t even know what the hours of my local grocery store were. It’s really a question which I never had to give much thought to, because it was always open when I needed it.
Not so here in Frankfurt. Most of the shops in my neighborhood start to close up shop at 6pm. A few ambitious ones will stay open until 7pm, and 1 lone little supermarket puts in the effort to stay open until 8pm. Saturdays are usually slightly reduced hours where shops start to close up in the late afternoon. And Sundays are a day of rest and quiet; only restaurants are allowed to be open on Sundays. So if you forgot to buy a key ingredient on Saturday, well, you are officially out of luck.
Since I usually get home from work around 8ish, grocery shopping during the week is not an option. This is one of the reasons why my whole schedule falls apart when we don’t have the recipes for the new month on time. Trying to get an unplanned recipe in during the week can quickly turn into a comedy of errors. And, while this week’s recipe was hardly unplanned, it did turn into a comedy of sorts when our Saturday shopping plans fell apart due to a very sick cat and we were not able to make it to the grocery store.
I will not bore you with my tales of mad dashes out of the office in futile attempts to make it to the store before closing time. Sufficed to say, this recipe did not get made until the last minute. Thank heavens it turned out to be a pretty straight forward one.
Dorie’s recipe calls for salmon fillets to be stuffed with a black olive tapenade and herbs, sauteed for a couple of minutes on each side, and then roasted shortly. I served our fillets with some sauteed zucchini and summer squash. Start to finish (including whipping up my own tapanade!) I think we had dinner on the table in 30 minutes. Tasty and quick. Heck, I might even thing of this as a weeknight meal if fresh fish were easier to come by during the week!