Grouper, Roasted Tomatoes, and Easy Cheesy Mac

At the Hour of Death – Waffles, I mean Amen.

When someone is sick or there is a death in the family, what do we do?  We show up at their door with food as a symbol of our compassion.  When my mother was in her final weeks and upon her death, nothing was more touching than the outpouring of love (and food) from friends and family.  We had all dropped our busy lives and huddled together for over a month to care for her.  My brother from Hong Kong, my sister from Denver, my other sister and her 2 daughters, my dad and I, were inseparable during this time.  People brought us delicious dinners and of course (surprise, surprise) in our worst hour, we never skipped a meal.  The words, “I am just too upset to eat” would never come from our mouths – they just say that in the movies.   After my mother finally did pass, we gathered around her bed and prayed together.  Only an hour later, in our shock and grief, we found ourselves sitting around the table yet again with home-made waffles and champagne toasting to the amazing woman that my mother was.  Maybe we are weird, maybe we are food obsessed or maybe in our worst hour, the hour of death, we just need to do something that felt normal.   Sitting at the same table we all grew up around seemed to provide us the utmost comfort yet again.

Grouper:  My favorite Asian fish market in Ambler (Sonny’s) always comes through with the freshest fish.

  • Place fish on tin foil on baking sheet (wrap fish in foil almost covering it all)
  • Drizzle EV Olive oil, fresh garlic, and salt/pepper on the fish
  • Grate some lemon zest and squeeze some juice  – throw 3-4 lemon wedges in there too
  • I put a dash of “Fine Herbs” from Penzies Spices but use whatever you like (sage, thyme)
  • Bake on 400 for 20 minutes
  • Uncover fish completely and cook approx. 5-10 minutes (depending on thickness of fish)

Baked Cherry Tomatoes/Fennel/Pepper:  use any or all the ingredients for this.  I had a couple of capers left in a jar and had some fennel leftover from last night so I threw them in and it was awesome!  Bake on parchment paper for easy cleanup.

  • Toss cherry tomatoes, yellow or red pepper and fennel (optional) with EV Olive Oil and Salt.
  • Bake with fish on 400 for 20 minutes.
  • Put in a separate bowl to be served with fish

Mac n’ Cheese: 

I make Mac n’ Cheese the fancy way with butter and flour, making the rue first and then slowly adding the milk and then cheese.  However, the kids are happy with just pasta and butter – then mix in a little cheese (Parmesan or even American slices).

Carrots:

  • Boil fresh carrots.
  • Add butter and a drop of orange juice for sweetness.

How Can th Kids Help?

  • Teach kids how to smash the garlic with the back of the knife – let them peel the skin off
  • Grate or ‘zest’ the lemon – let them squeeze the juice too
  • Help peel the carrots – be careful, the peeler can be very sharp
  • Finding Nemo Coloring Page:  http://www.freecoloring.info/img/finding-nemo-08.gif

Did You Know?

  • Eating one or two servings of fish per week can reduce your risk of dying from a heart attach by a third or more! http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/omega-3/hb00087
  • You don’t have to disguise fish for kids – they usually prefer it just plain instead of batter fried.
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3 responses to “Grouper, Roasted Tomatoes, and Easy Cheesy Mac

  1. Cheers for the Article, its my first time visiting your blog and must say it is very interesting hope to check back soon.

  2. Just made the Asian Flank and Mac n’ cheese. The family LOVED the dinner. You inspire me, to cook more for the family! Thanks!!!

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