Thursday, September 4, 2008

On a schoolnight

The results of having spent 19 years studying in one educational institution or another has had the effect of me craving for freshly sharpened pencils and crisp, clean notebooks every September. And I love it when it's cool and fresh and sunny on September 1. Kids with flowers and all this stuff.
So as a homage to all the school kids or rather their parents who get home extra tired after their off-springs have started school, here's a really simple but tasty weekday dinner.

Tomato-basil silver smelt with potatoes and a Japanese style cucumber salad. (Tomati-basiiliku hõbeheik kartulite ja jaapanipärase kurgisalatiga.)

- 2 silver smelt fillets (or hake), frozen will do just fine;
- 1 large ripe tomato;
- fresh basil leaves;
- 1 medium onion;
- mayonnaise;
-freshly ground salt and pepper.

- fresh cucumbers;
- 1 tbsp mirin;
- 1 tsp rice vinegar;
- 1 tsp light soy sauce;
- 1 clove garlic;

Sprinkle freshly ground sea salt on both sides of the fish fillets and lightly pan-fry on both sides. Peel and cut up the tomatoes and chop up the basil. Slice the onion and separate the rings. Cover each fish fillet with the tomatoes, basil and onions and a generous squeeze of mayonnaise. Turn down the heat, cover the pan with a lid and let the fish cook for about 15 minutes.

Peel and cut the cucumbers for the salad. Peel the garlic and chop it finely. Mix the cucumbers with mirin, rice vinegar, soy sauce and the garlic. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with boiled potatoes.

It's really nice. Fragrant, simple and light.

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