On the Deck with Australian Polish Vintage Fish
Thu 3rd, Jun, 2010
At the weekend we had a cosy little dinner for three. It had been pelting down with rain for most of the day, in fact it has been pelting down for what seems like a long time here in Sydney..the wettest May for a good few years apparently.
But it was actually fairly mild and I love that feeling of sitting outside when the rain is coming down…by the time I got to thinking about whether or not we could sit on the deck it was only raining very softly so decided on it…
I don’t know about you but stress-free suppers at my house are what having people over is all about…and I seem to spend an inaudible amount of time devising ways to do little work…though that is not to say things are unorganized…I like to set the table and get everything ready to save any meltdowns.
I cannot abide the word starter, conjures up all sorts of horrid images of horrid little housewifes fussing around with tasteless offerings but invariably there is some sort of one…here it was baked camembert in the box…this is a no-brainer for the hostess challenged ‘starter’…buy a camembert in a box, removed it’s paper wrapping, stuff it back in the box, prick it with some holes, drizzle in some white wine, shove in oven…serve with crusty bread.
And though I refrain from the idea of lots of courses and too much rigmarole I actually do like to serve something that is turns it from run-of-the-mill supper to a bit of a feast…here I tried a new recipe…Polish Baked Fish…I know not why it is named Polish and for sure my fish was Australian. Brown off a couple of onions and garlic, layer this between fish and ladles of sour cream in between, pour over a glass of wine…top with fresh breadcrumbs, salt and pepper…shove in oven.
Now I must just point out here that if you make a Polish Fish Bake and a Fruit Crumble make sure you distinguish between the two otherwise when your lovely husband goes in to get a beer and you ask him to pop the all too easy Polish Fish Bake in the oven he will actually stick in the Fruit Crumble.
Need I elaborate?
To serve with this a puy lentil, parsley and lemon salad, which was a kinda thrown together last thought addition and turned out to be the perfect partner to the Australian Polish Fish (drain a couple cans of lentils, lug on olive oil, juice of half a lemon, salt and pepper…too easy)
And the table dressing? On a Beach Cottage budget for sure…thrifted furniture, mis-match of chairs, IKEA tableware…vintage decor.
I must mention too the super-flowers…I am hoping with this I will win an award for longest lasting bunch of daisies..the bunch from the Sitting Room the week before last I believe and for sure on their last legs…I ripped them apart, stuck them in the vintage bottles, added some vintage crochet edged napkins for some…you know…and then threw around some shells for some…beach vintage…or coastal style…or country coastal…whatever it is we are calling it.
A very nice evening was had, we sat under the stars late into the night…
Amazing what one can do with Polish fish and a few shells.
gotta run I am looking at doors…inside and screen and am hoping to at last rip out that sliding patio, hoorah