Today was Saturday and I did not venture out this morning.
What was I so busy doing? Researching new recipes for my upcoming annual Tea Party and Swap. I like to try new recipes for this event, I know it's not wise to try new recipes for an important event, but it has worked out fine thus far over the years. I'm sure it'll be okay this year too....knock on wood.
After a morning of looking through online food recipes, I realised around 11am that I was quite hungry. I don't cook on Saturdays, since I'm usually out on the road and it's convenient to grab a snack on the way home. I was never a Saturday cook anyway, even when I was married.
I was hungry and I wanted a full meal, and it had to be quick.
I decided on a cod fish sauce with kidney beans with mashed potatoes and steamed carrots.
Years ago when the old cooks prepared cod fish (saltfish) stew, they would boil the salted cod to remove some of the salt, and the house would smell fishy for hours. No longer.
A few years ago, my girlfriend shared a tip with me and I'm passing it on to you.
Place the codfish in a bowl with some water.
Place a paper towel over the bowl and microwave for 5 minutes.
Throw that first set of water out and refill the bowl with another set of water, cover again with another paper towel (the first one may be soaked) and microwave for another 5 minutes.
When done, throw the water off. When fish is cool, tear it into small bite site pieces.
Add fresh herbs like onions, dill, marjoram, thyme, chives, garlic and prepared seasoning.
Stir together well.Place a little oil in a big frying pan, and sauté the well seasoned fish.
Add other spices if desired like paprika, parsley flakes, pepper sauce, a little ketchup and a teaspoon of sugar if so desired.
As the fish cooks, add a tin of red kidney beans (or any other beans, I sometimes use butter beans or even baked beans) and whatever veggies you may have laying around that need to be used up. I used another of my packets of bora bora beans I had stored in the freezer.
Sauce is done.
Next I cut some carrots up with my crinkle cutter and lightly steamed them as a side dish.
Cod fish stew served on a bed of mashed potatoes (from the box, don't tell anyone), with a healthy helping of steamed carrots...in about 30 minutes.
(*) Heavens to Murgatroyd! = an exclamation of surprise used by Snagglepuss of Yogi Bear fame.
I always thought it was "Heavens to Mercury Troy" when I was a child.