This is one for the men only. Ladies, while I like having you here and enjoy your company, this is an all male zone today. Now, before you start chaining yourselves to the oven door, this is for your benefit. I’m giving the lads a bit of advice about how to redeem themselves after they forget to do something important. So, girls, be off with you. Lads, read on…..
Admit it, you have forgotten the Valentine’s Day flowers. You have missed her birthday (again) Or, perhaps, the silver wedding anniversary has ended up a bit tarnished by your forgetfulness. You are a ‘feckin eejit’. You are a repeat offender and you need some help. If you are one of the lucky ones, you will be getting the ‘Broken TV’ treatment – vision only, no sound. If you are a serial offender (Valentine’s, birthday AND anniversary), you will be on the meat diet of hot tongue and cold shoulder.
Here’s how you can redeem yourself without having to put in much effort or spending much money either. Simply cook her this Monkfish with Red Peppercorn Sauce and she will forgive you any minor memory lapse and she will fall in love with you all over again.
There are only a few ingredients for this delicious dish. The less you have to remember, the less you will be able to forget.
- One large piece of monkfish, enough for two.
- 250ml of pouring cream
- A small glass of Cognac
- A handful of red peppercorns
- A tablespoon of flour
- Salt and pepper to season
Slice the monkfish into two big steaks. Season the flour and roll the monkfish.
Heat a frying pan to medium and add some oil and butter. Fry the monkfish until it is lightly browned on all sides and about half cooked.
(It will be half cooked when it is lightly brown on all sides). Pour off the oil from the pan.
If you are feeling adventurous, add the Cognac first and flame it off. If you are not so brave, add the cream first. (I wasn’t feeling so brave.)
Add the brandy second and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
Add the peppercorns. Turn the fish in the sauce.
Reduce the heat and stir until the sauce is a nice thick consistency. Spoon it over the fish. Remove from the heat. Serve the fish, over some white rice, to your better half. She will be skeptical and wary of you before she eats. When she is finished, you will be forgiven your forgetfulness. You will be restored to your rightful position as master of your house and controller of your destiny.
I can’t prevent you forgetting the next wedding anniversary, birthday, Valentine’s Day or whatever. You are on your own with that one. If (when) you do, look up this little recipe and see if you can make the magic work twice.
Footnote on swilling wine and alcohol and cream in a romantic sauce: If you make it correctly, your lover will not even think of asking about the calories in this sauce. She won’t think of her burgeoning waistline as she slurps the wine, while appreciating your efforts in creating the rich luscious dish. However, if you make a bags of this dish, you will face the calories questions and the implied responsibility. If you do, you’re on your own. I’m out of here…