Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pan Fried Cod With Almond Tarator and Two Transvestites are About to Take a Dive

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“’I think we’d best be leaving now,’ I said. ‘But we haven’t had the fish yet.’ ‘And what about dessert,’ chimed in sa Gürhan, tittering once again. Adem went to the kitchen to fetch the fish.” – From The Prophet Murders by Mehmet Murat Somer (Kenneth Dakan, transl.)

Our hero is about to be trapped with a mincing newly turned transvestite in tow!

Pan Fried Cod With Almond Tarator

1 thick slice of rustic bread, crusts trimmed

1 1/4 cup blanched almonds

2 garlic cloves

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

boneless cod 

1 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper  to taste


For the Tarator – Soak the bread in a bowl of water and wring out as much of the excess as you can.  Put it in food processor with remaining ingredients and make a paste – season with salt and pepper to taste.  This will continue to thicken over time, so you may want to add some warm water right before serving.  It should be the consistency of a nice, creamy sauce.  


For the fish, heat the tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat.  Sear the fish for 3 minutes on each side or until just cooked through. Salt and pepper to taste and  serve hot topped with the tarrator.

I didn’t catch my fish fresh the same day the way our villains did, but they were pretty tasty all the same.  We served ours with boiled red and blue potatoes and steamed green beans on the side.  The almond tarrator was delicious spooned over the entire plate.


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September Foodie Pen Pals Package and a Rant Against NYC Fed Ex Delivery

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I don’t think I could be more thrilled with my package this month.  So many thoughtful gifts!  My partner Caitlin over at One Mom Who Changed the World really went above and beyond.

I’m going to start with my absolutely favorite item, which is a mini-basil plant kit.  I had mentioned that it’s hard to get fresh things in my part of Brooklyn and Caitlin assured me that basil should be easy to grow.  She also included a beautiful mug with a box of peppermint tea (my favorite tea!) having no idea that my favorite mug developed a crack recently so it’s a timely replacement.  She included lots of little nibbles and munchies which are perfect for my snacking moods:  garlic and oregano crostini, veggie straws, and blue corn tortilla chips.  She also tucked in a few sweet treats like a coconut macadamia Not Butter Ball, some of my favorite Haribo gummy bears, and a mix for pumpkin bread.  Lastly, she included an amazing looking black bean soup mix which will be perfect for the cold weather that’s just around the corner.  She also wrote a very kind letter explaining her choices.

The reason  why this post is so late is that I think the FedEx people on my route hate happiness and warm soup and all good things.  I am almost never home when they make deliveries, but they are usually good about leaving a package with the super.  In case he wasn’t around, I left a note letting them know they could just leave the box with my neighbor or even outside my door.  They’ve done this before (without my permission).  Instead of leaving the box, the deliveryperson left the package slip ON MY DOOR!  It was sent back to Caitlin who graciously sent to a second time.

It was totally worth the wait though!   Thanks again to Caitlin for being so kind and thoughtful and putting together such a great package!  If you aren’t involved in Foodie Pen Pals, get involved!  It’s such a great treat to highlight your month! Check it out with Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean to get started for October.

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