Sweet 31. Yeah, I've never cared much for my birthday, but the reality is, damn. I am in my 30s now. And not so fired up about it. Before you go concluding that I am a vain, crazed woman, please allow me to clarify. It's not a fear of wrinkles. It's just that I have so much crap I want to do in my life that I am a bit panicked by the prospect of cramming it all into the next 60 years. How is one lifetime ever enough??
Sigh. But, at least things are pretty amazing while you are trying to cram it all in.
This was breakfast one day on our break from the world. Divine. Not too much cooking occurred while we were away, because honestly, how much can you cook white wine and Cambozola ?
While I was busy not cooking, I read a lot, and also watched copious amounts of Robert DeNiro movies. That wasn't so much by design, more just what the Netflix overlord decreed for the week. Consequently, by mid-week, my tough guy accent was pretty appalling. Husband was a good sport about it. The accent and me waking up at five a.m. expecting a home invasion.
I arrived back home to find the garden in somewhat of a stage of mutiny. My god forsaken tomatoes seem to have taken the summer off. The beans and eggplant however luckily got the memo that their only job in life is to grow, and have been complying.
Here are some very festive squash:
Oven Roasted Tilapia with Baby Portobello Sauce
1 lb Tilapia
1TB olive oil
1/4 white onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 lb baby portobello mushrooms, quartered
1 TB tomato paste
red wine vinegar
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Season both sides of tilapia filets with salt and pepper. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray and then arrange the tilapia on the sheet. Roast tilapia in a preheated 450 oven for about 8 minutes, or until fish flakes easily. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and saute until soft. Turn heat down to medium-low and add mushrooms to skillet. Saute for five-ten minutes, until mushrooms have released liquid and are soft. If needed, add small amounts of water to mushroom mixture to prevent it from sticking to skillet while sauteing.
Remove skillet from heat. Add tomato paste and a splash of red wine vinegar to the mixture and stir to combine. Season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. Serve tilapia with mushroom sauce on top. Serves 2.