Tonight is the first night Todd and I had a meal AT the table.
As a moved-in-together couple we've already done the first dinner and first bottle of wine thing, but tonight was the first night we could actually sit and eat and SEE the table.
The main dish - fish - I overcooked terribly, but the rest was freaking amazing.
I concocted a rosemary sauce for the fish that was finger-licking good (How boastful! But it's true...); made a side of pasta tossed in olive oil, a little salt, pepper and parmesan; and fried zucchini that brought a tear to our eyes - if I say so myself!
What did I love best about this meal? Well, first, that Todd loved it - minus the grotesquely overcooked fish. Secondly, that we had it at the table like normal human beings. Third, the new brand of wine I'm drinking obnoxious quantities of (ever tried Sebeka Shiraz from South Africa? Do. But give it a chance to breathe a little. You won't regret this.)
Most of all...I'm loving that we're sitting at the table together - him polishing all his leather work-gear, a.k.a. holsters, belts, etc. and I'm sitting here drinking delicious Sebeka. But we're doing it together.
I love dinner around the table at my new - temporary - house.
1 fresh zucchini sliced into 1/2 inch slices
Dip slices into 2 lightly beaten eggs. Dredge dipped slices through mixture of seasoned (not Italian seasoned) bread crumbs mixed with grated Parmesan cheese. Use a bit more cheese than bread crumbs.
Place breaded slices in a large pan with olive oil heated high enough to fry. Cook to even brownness on both sides.
Serve. Then cry for the sheer deliciousness of it all.
Rosemary dip for fish: (The amounts here a bit rough. I was concocting! Taste it before serving and fix what you need.)
3 BIG sprigs of Rosemary
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 heaping tbsp. chopped garlic
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
couple shakes ground black pepper
2 green onions
2 cap-fulls of lime juice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until well mixed.
Dip (overcooked) fish in sauce.