Dinner prep tonight made an awfully big mess for two relatively simple dishes. Two tilapia fillets, grilled in the hot hot cast iron grill pan with just a little salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lime juice added at the table. A savory rice dish from Moosewood that would’ve been boring on its own, but paired nicely with the buttery fish. From those recipes, we had nearly every inch of counter space covered with following dishes: 3 pans, a bunch of food processor components, cutting board, zester, and at least one knife, plus our lunch dishes and a few things left from the night before. This pile often feels insurmountable, and that is WITH a dishwasher.
This dinner, while not especially quick, was especially easy. I soaked the rice for ~10 minutes while sauteeing the onions and prepping the carrots. We didn’t have any ground cardamom, so I substituted a bit of cumin and coriander for spice. When everything went into the saucepan, I started heating the grill for the fish. From start to finish, I think dinner took 45 minutes? And then Shane was so hungry after his workout that he’d finished his entire dinner in the time it took me to take the photo. On a related note, I’m not sure how I feel about this photo. I’m trying to learn more about how our camera works, and tonight I tried something different.