Thursday, May 21, 2009

Baked Tilapia and Asparagus with Poached Egg

After getting reacquainted with my kitchen on Tuesday night, I was ready to attempt a full meal on Thursday. I opted for a light and summery menu, to match the absolutely gorgeous weather. Unfortunately I could only fully open the blinds in my apartment to enjoy the day's sun. I love living downtown but I really really wish I had a deck or patio to eat dinner outside on or have a small grill.

I bought some tilapia filets and found this simple and fresh recipe on the food network website. It is a relatively healthy recipe from the Deen Brothers (of course there is still butter involved) and it is nothing earth-shattering, but CC liked it!! This is a miracle because he claims to hate fish. However, I am slowly convincing him that he likes it.

Baked Tilapia

Butter cooking spray
4 (6 to 8-ounce) tilapia fillets
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1 lime, finely grated zest and juice (I used lemon cuz that's what I had)
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a large cast iron pan with a nonstick butter spray. Rinse fish and pat dry; place on the prepared baking sheet. Season each fillet with salt, cracked pepper, lime zest and lime juice. Add fish to the pan. Place a pat of butter on each fillet and cook in the oven for 8 to 12 minutes.

That white blob on the asparagus is a poached egg. It is no where near as pretty as the one in the picture from Martha Stewart Living, but I was just happy it came out well. I watched this video by Alton Brown and it was really quite simple: instructional video on how to poach an egg. The Asparagus and poached egg recipe came from Martha via The Bitten Word. I somehow managed to mess up the asparagus (what should have been the simplest part of the meal) by not rinsing it properly and it tasted like it had been rolled in sand. But I learned my lesson, trial and error, right?

Dinner was finished with chocolates from Lilly's. These beautiful handmade chocolates have the most exotic and surprising flavors. Tonight we shared The Southern Gentlemen- Makers Mark bourbon. milk chocolate. buttered pecans. and the Mike - neuskes bacon. organic maple syrup. milk chocolate. Ooh yummy yummy.

Fun with Photo Booth Application:

Drinking wine in my apron

I get vicious if you come near my wine or chocolate


B said...

Look at that hot little apron! I'll ask Jen how she gets her eggs to form well and let you know.

TKTC said...

Hilarious. And dinner looks DELICIOUS!!

Molls said...

B - yes please share. The egg aint pretty, but it tasted real good.

TKTC - dinner was very yummy! I am praying for honey cat's safe return! Could she possibly be pregnant and hiding while she gives birth? If so, can I adopt a kitten?

TREE said...

Have you tried a egg poacher? I bought one at Target for like $3 and it's wonderful. You should def try it, super easy and great clean up because it goes in the microwave. The egg comes out perfect everytime, just don't over cook it, only 45 sec in the microwave.