Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! 20 minutes after dinner and I still have a glorious taste of that delicious meal in my mouth! Mmmmmmm, pan-fried Orange Roughy (sea perch) fish fillets with zucchini in a lemon caper sauce with gloriously naughty potato bake from Aldi, of all places, on the side.
Yesterday, hubby and I drove out to Comslie to an awesome fish shop. It was a two-pronged approach, to pick up some delicious produce and to get the kids asleep, sadly the kids fell asleep only to wake up just as we pulled in to the place and the lure of seeing live mud crabs was just too exciting not to go back to slumber land 😦
1/2 kg of prawns and two fish fillets later we were down $32! Gosh dang it costs a lot to eat well in this insane Land of Oz. The prawns were gonna be our entree but we just couldn’t justify the price tag so last night was prawns and salad and tonight the fish filets.
We quickly pan fried the fish in olive oil, salt and pepper and served with a gorgeous combo of zucchini, capers and lemon:
INGREDIENTS – Tangy Zucchini Side
. 2 zucchini sliced thickly
. 1 1/2 tbspn olive oil
. 1 tbspn lemon juice
. 1 tbspn capers, chopped
. Few sprigs parsley, finely chopped
. Pinch Sea salt
. Generous grind of black pepper
. Boil or steam zucchini until just tender, approx 4 min
. Mix remaining ingredients in screw topped jar and coat cooked zucchini
This made a gorgeous sauce for the cooked fish.
If I’m totally honest the potato bake didn’t quite go with the fish, however absolutely no regrets! This Aldi potato gratin is made from just potato, cream, cheese, milk, garlic and pepper. The only bad thing is stabilizer 461.
So what is this additive, 461?
According to the trustworthy Wikipedia (ahem), 461 is a thickener or emulsifier. Digging deeper, it’s not a natural substance :(.
Methyl cellulose does not occur naturally and is synthetically produced by heating cellulose with caustic solution (e.g. a solution of sodium hydroxide) and treating it with methyl chloride. In the substitution reaction that follows, the hydroxyl residues (-OH functional groups) are replaced by methoxide (-OCH3 groups).
The slimy, gooey appearance of an appropriate preparation of methyl cellulose with water, in addition to its nontoxic, nonallergenic, and edible properties, makes it popular for use in special effects for motion pictures and television wherever vile slimes must be simulated. In the film Ghostbusters, for example, the gooey substance the supernatural entities used to “slime” the Ghostbusters was mostly a thick water solution of methyl cellulose. The Aliens ooze and drip a great deal of methyl cellulose—especially the queen./em>
Greche…. I was really kidding myself that I could indulge in this yummy potato gratin following the Primal 80/20 rule. Whynis processed food so good? It must be that winning combo of carbs and salt. It just goes to show that home cooked is best.
After all, I really don’t want to end up like Sigourney Weaver’s character “Zuul” in Ghostbusters!