Okay, so it looks good in the picture, and it was easy to make, and probably would have tasted good had the cook not be tired and the fish not freezer burnt. Yeah, ew.
We realized after dinner that the freezer bag the fish was in was riddled with holes from a suprisingly large number of errant fish bones. The hake was a horrible texture, and was sent out of our bowls rather quickly. The stew part was edible, but there was a strange bitterness that was a little off-putting. From the parsnips? The sweet potatoes? The fish? I don’t know, but it was funky.
And, no, I did not make this recipe up. I actually followed a recipe pretty closely, but I will withhold the name of said cookbook until we can try this again in the future. I really wanted it to work, so it may be tried again. We’ll see. Either way, dinner was a sad event.
[UPDATE: Post lunch eating leftover soup (sans fish), I’ve decided that it is a good recipe, and would be worth making again IF I can figure out where the hell the damn bitter flavor came from. Ingredients included: parsnips, sweet potato, celery, carrot, onion, garlic, flour, chicken broth, pale ale (called for amber ale <- is this the problem?), bacon, white fish, thyme, salt, pepper. From what?! Any ideas, suggestions or help?
Laura’s Update: I couldn’t stomach lunch….. so I ate half of it and ate mozzarella with a little basil and balsamic, and a sweet potato salad last minute before I ran off to distribution. I put together a crock pot meal that was tried and true so that when we get back from distribution, we should be savoring some delicious hot food.]
Snack, much better. I’ve been feeling like we should just eat that for dinner and call it a night. We did decide, though, to give ourselves some slack over the weekend, given the spat of bad luck and questionable meals we have been having (remember that dinner is our lunch, too). We have a plan for our day in Western Massachusetts, besides picking up our grain, and we hope to realign our stars in a more benevolent way. Either way, with a Red Fire Distribution and and Grain Distribution, we will hopefully be in a better place.
If only our stand mixer would work. But, we have plans for that, too.
Cute family photograph. The food may stink, but the cats are cute.