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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I eat fish because my husband is Cambodian

I've been trying to get more creative in the kitchen. I can't say that my husband doesn't enjoy boxed or frozen meals (in fact, Creamy Broccoli Tuna Helper has been one of his favorite meals in my kitchen,) but there's just something about browsing cookbooks, buying ingredients, and measuring and mixing that makes me feel like a better wife. Why on Earth is that??

So, about a week ago I tried this recipe:

Coconut Chicken with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce [Recipe HERE]

and it was delicious. So so so delicious!  It wasn't quick, but it was easy, and it may become a frequent meal cooked in my kitchen.  So last night, I tried the same recipe with frozen tilapia fillets.  Now this is interesting because I do not typically eat fish.  Only in the last few weeks have I been "brave" enough to try fish sticks and canned tuna. [Note: fish sticks are fine, tuna helper is good, tuna salad sandwich from Jimmy John's is NOT good.]

As I am cutting the fillets, I am gagging; and while I am breading the strips, I am asking myself, "Why did you think this would be an okay idea??!"  Because I love my husbandThis man traveled to [literally] the other side of the world, alone, leaving his country for the first time... and I can't even cook a fish for him??  [By the way, my husband brought a LARGE DRIED FISH with him on the phone from Cambodia.]

For those who are wondering, my homemade coconut fish sticks are not as good as Great Value frozen, breaded fish sticks, which do not taste like fish at all.  However, if you like fish, and you like coconut, you might would probably think that my homemade coconut fish sticks rock the house.

This discussion leaves me still pondering two potentially unanswerable questions:

1) Why do these filthy birds taste so much better than cute little fish?

and more importantly, 2) What am I going to do with 6 more fillets?!?

Love love love,


Jessie said...

Did Titus like the fish? Cook more for him and eat those nasty birds yourself. Btw, I love the tilapia fillets. Yummm!

Renee said...

You make me laugh! I'll have to introduce you to the breaded tilapia that our family likes! (kind of like fish sticks...throw them on a baking sheet and bam...yummo!)