I love to cook. Quiet time in the kitchen trying a new recipe, music playing in the background on my iPad, and a wonderful smelling candle burning on the countertop is über relaxing to me. Now, I don’t consider myself a traditional cook. I like attempting more non-traditional recipes. I enjoy the challenge of shopping for ingredients I wouldn’t normally keep in my spice cabinet and recreating the presentation in the recipe picture. Recently, I tried a recipe that would be great for a Sunday afternoon lunch al fresco.
Open-Faced Blackened Catfish Sandwich with Greek Yogurt and Cilantro Coleslaw.
1 3/4 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (6-ounce) catfish fillets
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups packaged cabbage-carrot coleslaw
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 (1-ounce) slices sourdough bread, toasted
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of
fish with paprika mixture. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat.
Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add fish; cook 4 minutes on each side or
until desired degree of doneness.
2. Combine yogurt, juice, and honey in a medium bowl. Add cabbage and
cilantro; toss well to coat. Top each bread slice with about 1/2 cup slaw
and 1 fillet. Top each fillet with remaining slaw.
Recipe and Image: Cooking Light.
The recipe was relatively easy to prepare and a huge hit in my home. But, Sundays wouldn’t be ”Champagne Sundays” without the perfect bubbly to pair with your dish. Try this Dibon Cava. It’s an awesome Spanish Wine. We tasted it recently at a local wine bar and have kept it stocked in our bar ever since.
Champagne Sunday’s Afterthought …
It has been said that we become the mirror images of our Mothers; and for me it is the absolute truth. I use her phrases, hand gestures, and on more than one occasion I catch myself rubbing my hairline in the same way as she. Another thing I’ve picked up from my Mother is the desire to look nice when I’m in the kitchen. Whether in work clothes making dinner before she retired from teaching, or in the pretty kaftan when preparing breakfast on Sunday morning, she was, and still is, stylish in the kitchen. I, too, like to make sure my “cute quotient” is on point when I cook. In addition to ensuring cute bun and lipgloss are in tact, when I’m out shopping, I like to pick up little items to make my time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Here are some you may like.
Leopard Print Dishwashing Gloves. I am a fan of all things leopard print. These are fun, whimsical and protect your manicure.
Kuhn Rikon Colori Safari Chef’s and Nakiri Set. Even your cooking utensils can be trendy. These knives where featured in the May InStyle and can be purchased on Amazon. They are on my “must have” list.
Leopard Dustpan. Several years ago I was asking my fab mentor, FT, for recommendations for a new cleaning person, and in the course of our conversation she said, “Housework never killed anyone, but why risk it.” Hilarious, but unfortunately, we all have to clean between housekeeping visits, so why not use this cute broom and dustpan.
Are you stylishly domestic? Check back next week for a new “Champagne Sunday’s” recipe! Salut!