Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Frieda goes fishing (and makes a catch)

I was supposed to be cooking for 5 last night, but the extra guest cancelled during the afternoon, completely screwing up the proportions of ingredients I had bought in the morning. Some quick adjustments got everything under control.

Safeway advertised wild haddock at a cheap price, but when I got there there was none, even though they were just starting to fill up the fish display case. Bummer. So I bought catfish to go with the shrimp in what were to be steamed fish balls.

Two sides: Jenn's mustard roasted potatoes and a tray of roasted green beans. That Jenn is one heck of a cook. I suspect many of you follow her already but, if not, you should. I'd marry her if we were both single and I weren't gay. LOL. Okay, okay, TMI.

But here's what actually happened. I formed the fish balls, 12 of them - nearly 2 pounds of catfish and shrimp. I made a miso broth for steaming. We put the potatoes in the oven 40 minutes before dinner time, then the green beans 15 minutes before. At 10 minutes before I went to the kitchen to get the fish balls in. THEY WERE GONE!

Frieda, Jack and Leslie's dog (big girl, lovely animal), had eaten them ALL right off the steamer basket which was sitting on the counter.

I did what any football fan would do - dropped back and punted. The broth was boiling and I had more frozen shrimp. Dumped them right into the broth for several minutes and did peel-and-eat shrimp with the taters and beans.

Needless to say, I was a bit traumatized. We should have learned our lesson a few days ago when Frieda got onto the dining room table and ate a bowl of freshly grated Romano cheese - then got into a second bowl Peter hastily got ready. C'est la vie!


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Ugh, dogs!! They are sweet creatures but scavengers!! I can't believe she ate the fish balls, super drag Stephen. Nice job on the punt, I bet the shrimp were tasty :)

Jenn said...

First - was that a proposal? LOL That was funny! Thanks for the kinds are the best!!
Second - when you said I'd never guess what happened, you were right!! DOGS!! LOL He did get a pretty darn good dinner, that's for sure!! Way to recover my friend!

Pam said...

It sounds like the dogs had a lovely meal! I bet the shrimp was delicious with the potatoes and green beans.

Mary said...

Ah, Steve, what a shame. Your recovery was nothing short of miraculous. At least the dog felt loved. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

oh goodness, that's so funny! My parents dog has done that countless times :)

Chris said...

LMAO. Frieda eats well!

My weimeraner did that once, ate an entire flank steak right off the counter when we went outside to get the kids for dinner.

Pam said...

Stephen, great save on the dinner! Too funny with Frieda but I sure she was happy with a tasty meal. I'm sure the shrimp and Jenn's potatoes were a hit!

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