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Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:15 PM

What's for Dinner, Sunday

Miniature pizzas.

Baby arugula salad with toasted pine nuts.

Poached salmon.

Spinach with garlic (as a vegetable)

A few squares of a chocolate hazelnut bar as dessert.



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Reply What's for Dinner, Sunday (Original post)
NJCher Mar 2019 OP
Cairycat Mar 2019 #1
PJMcK Mar 2019 #2
elleng Mar 2019 #4
PJMcK Apr 2019 #5
elleng Apr 2019 #7
NJCher Apr 2019 #6
Kali Mar 2019 #3

Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 06:12 PM

1. My husband says we always have

stir-fry on Sunday night. Not every Sunday night! But he has about a three hour window when he might come home from work, and it holds relatively well, plus that way he and my son don't complain about having to eat vegetables. Tonight is a chicken stir fry with carrots and baby bok choy.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 07:02 PM

2. Dejeuner a Marseilles

Since I was a kid, Iíve wanted an authentic bouillabaisse. There was a comedy spy movie in the 1960s that starred James Coburn called ďOur Man Flint.Ē In the film, there was a small sub-plot where super-spy Derek Flint goes to a number of different restaurants in Marseilles looking for a specific bouillabaisse in his search for a killer. I thought the word was funny but when I found out what it was, I wanted to try it even though I was just a kid. As we enjoyed our voyage de noces in Arles, France last week, we made the one hour drive to Marseilles, the home of bouillabaisse.

We found Restaurant Michael opposite la plage and our table had a magnificent view of the Mediterranean. The proprietor presented a selection of beautiful fresh fish that were then sent to the kitchen. Our choices were European hake, rascasse and monkfish, I think. Even though it was lunchtime, we ordered a bottle of a local white wine that proved to be an excellent accompaniment to the meal.

The fish-based broth itself was served steaming hot in a large tureen and the waiter ladled it into the individual bowls. It was a thick reddish-brown tomato-looking broth with an alluring scent of garlic, saffron and other herbs and spices. The cooked fish arrived from the kitchen and were expertly filleted by the waiter who put on quite a show as he divided the slices of fish onto two plates that also had slices of marinated potatoes on them. A large basket of fresh breads and toasts was on the table along with two sauces: a garlicky mayonnaise and a spicy, thick olive oil mayonnaise.

I was surprised that the fish was not in the broth. Instead, we were expected to cut a piece of fish, submerse it in the broth and eat it using a soup spoon with a dollop of one of the sauces along with a piece of bread. This is to keep the fish from becoming too soft and fragile. It was even more surprising that there werenít any shellfish or other sea foods in the dish. The proprietor explained that including those meats is another dish entirely. Whatever. This dish was spectacular!

For dessert we had cappuccinos and a small creamed-filled pastry drowning in melted chocolate.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the Landlady(!) is now determined to try recreating it. However, it was a monstrously expensive lunch! Fortunately, we had been forewarned. It was a meal that Iíll never forget.

P.S. Sorry this isnít tonightís dinner but I wanted to share the tale! Weíre roasting a chicken and have wild rice and broccoli for the sides. Back to work tomorrow.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 11:20 PM

4. Bonjour!

C'est magnifique!!!

Otherwise, how did you like Marseilles?

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 1, 2019, 06:16 AM

5. Unfortunately, we were only there for lunch!

We stayed in Arles and made day trips all around Provence including Aix, Les Baux, Avignon, the Camargue and an oppidum at Entremont. It's a lovely region and deeply historic. The people are welcoming and friendly and the food is spectacular. The local wines were delicious. We were fortunate to have perfect weather the entire week.

We loved the time we were there.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 1, 2019, 11:12 AM

7. GREAT!

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 1, 2019, 08:41 AM

6. sounds like heaven to me

I did not know that is how bouillabaisse would be served, but when I read your post to the RG who has had many a bouillabaisse in France, he nodded knowingly. It makes perfect sense if you think about it (delicacy of fish). Ummmm, I am getting hungry just thinking of it.

The other place where he nodded knowingly was when you said it was monstrously expensive.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 10:58 PM

3. Steak au Poivre with Crispy Fingerling Potatoes and sauteed kale

from Plated. it was pretty good and my son did a great job preparing.

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