Monday, September 10, 2007

The strange case of the fish dish that came out so tasty without having a proper recipe for it, a culinary mystery…

I didn’t plan this meal
I was just hungry and looked what I had in the refrigerator

I had some
- frozen fish
- a bag of sweet mini bell peppers (red, orange, and yellow)
- some small on-the-vine tomatoes

so, I thought, baked fish with vegetables, right?

I taw the fish, added about 3 cloves of garlic (yes! When it comes to garlic, the motto is the more, the better)
And 1 teaspoon of olive oil
And… right before putting in the oven
I remembered my fresh basil plant that I have outside…

I carefully cut about 10 little leaves and placed them on top of the uncooked dish
Ah& of course some fresh grounded pepper

About 12 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees, or was it 15?

The drink on the side
Geinmacha Japan green tea

Not a recipe, not a plan
But indeed the basil, was the hint that gave the dish that little spice…
what made it special
and wll the in-trance-shopped garlic, hmm, ja!

I realized how I enjoy sometimes to prepare my own meals
While chopping 3 cloves of garlic I abandoned myself
Like in a mild meditation, no music, no thoughts,
Just chopping garlic, for a meal
What a timeless & basic activity
The one of cooking

I do like melting into my little kitchen routines…
Times softens, thus the smells, so my eyes
In colors, and wonderful organic shapes…
And at the end
They all taste…
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