This weekend was very busy for my husband and me. We started off with the gender announcement dinner and get together for our new future nephew.
Saturday we spent the day celebrating our nieces’ birthdays. It was a Disney Princess themed party. I, along with my sisters-in-law and mother-in-law, assisted these tiny 4 year-old ladies in transforming into princess’ by doing their hair, makeup, and nails. It was so cute to see these little sprites run around in full princess regalia and still be childish enough to start a “princess” burping contest over lunch. The day was also a great form of birth control, because I don’t know if we are ready for the addition of teeny tiny toddlers to our lives juuuust yet.
Sunday was a day of stress. My husband graded AP English finals all day while I dealt with a war on technology. My website was down, our internet was freaking out, and God forbid, I was out of touch with the twitterverse for an entire day!
It was after all this that my husband and I decided we needed to return to some of the simpler and quieter things in life.
Last night we took a few hours to unplug from the phones, computers, and television. My husband has played the guitar for many years and last night we decided that for a few hours every night, instead of watching TV or playing around on our phones and computers, he would teach me how to play the guitar.
It was nice to have the apartment filled with music (albeit not so good music) and laughter instead of the incessant hum and blue light of the television.
Keeping with our new simple nightly tradition, I have prepared for you a super effortless and easy fish. I paired it up with some orzo cooked in white wine. Seriously, keep it simple and take some time to unplug from the matrix and rejoin the world around you.
Prepare the brown butter in advance according to my recipe. Place a teaspoon of brown butter in the bottom of an oven-safe dish and then place the cod on top of it. Place the other three teaspoons of brown butter on top of the cod. Season the fish with salt and pepper.
Set your broiler on high. Place the fish under the broiler for 10 minutes. NOTE: Keep your oven door cracked open to maintain the high heat and to keep an eye on the fish.
Meanwhile, bring the white wine to a boil. Boil the orzo in the wine for 7 minutes. Drain the orzo. Combine the orzo, parsley, feta, and a dash of salt and pepper in a small bowl.
After the ten minutes, remove the dish from the oven, sprinkle the panko breadcrumbs on the top of the fish, and then return the fish to the oven for another five minutes.
That’s it! Super simple, right?
Cut off a piece of fish for yourself and serve it with the white wine orzo and a squeeze of lemon juice to add a note of brightness.
Now, go spend some time away from technology doing something you love! Seriously.
But, don’t forget to come visit me again tomorrow!