No, I did not steal the fish. Though, the fish was a bit of a steal. John Dory fillets can be horrendously expensive. When one sees JD on restaurant menus it tends to be priced up there with the lobster and truffles. In my own experience, it tends also to be overcooked and pretty awful.
On my Saturday shopping trip, I saw that they were on special and I bought the John Dory thinking “These will be nice.”
That fleeting muse was as far as I got with it until at 7.00 PM the Wife asked “What’s for dinner? I’m getting hungry.”
“A surprise” was my blurted reply as I sprang from the couch and ran to the kitchen. An unfed Wife can be a pretty unforgiving creature. I checked the fridge, the John Dory, a few tiny tomatoes. Trouble loomed and just as fast, inspiration flashed across whichever cortex handles that sort of thing. I could quickly fix some pasta and cook the tomatoes. There were a couple of leaves left on the basil plant in the window. Hence John Dory with Fettuccine, Tomato and Basil. Time to rip off Stefan Gourmet’s quick and easy pasta. I cracked an egg into the mixer bowl and beat it.
I put the dough in the fridge for half an hour and then let it settle. Then, inspiration. I asked the Wife to assist in the pasta making. She can’t be angry if she is involved in the cooking. Can she?
While that’s going on, I seasoned some flour with salt, pepper and sweet paprika.
I have no compunction about ripping stuff off as you can see. I blagged the clarified butter method from Stefan too. So I fried the dusted fish in this.
All that was left to do was the fry the fish in the butter and cook the pasta.
The paprika adds a lovely flavour and colour to the fish. I tossed the pasta in the pan before serving. For my final rip off of the day, I rip the remaining leaves from the basil plant and add just before serving.
The wine paring was pretty straightforward. I had a bottle of this stuff in the fridge. So, that’s what we had to drink with the fish.
I reckoned it would work with fish as there is a prawn on the label. It did.
All done and served in less than an hour. A happy wife. Happy days. And, happy to rip off Stefan’s great ideas any time!