Another Cheap…er Economical Fish Meal


Ah, the wonders of the Trader Joe’s frozen fish section. I give you turbot — $3.90 worth of turbot. Woo! That’s two meal-sized fillets for under $4. Now that’s cheap…er economical. What’s turbot? Yeah, I didn’t know either. Thank you, wikipedia! And it even gets a good rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Excellent.

Now, the frozen turbot from TJ’s comes with some paprika already sprinkled on it. So, I decided to work with that and have the fish with a tomato-olive-caper salsa. Brown rice (with diced roasted carrots and garlic) and braised Brussels sprouts round out the meal.

If you can’t find turbot, tilipia would probably work just fine!

Turbot with Tomato-Olive-Caper Salsa
2 turbot fillets
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 vine-ripened tomatos, diced
4-5 cherry tomatoes, quartered (You can also use fancy tomatoes — I found some green, purple and yellow cherry tomatoes and I used those, plain old red cherry tomatoes will work fine too)
1 tbsp finely diced red onion
1 tbsp capers
1 tbsp chopped kalamata olives
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tbsp olive oil
a couple of basil leaves, torn
salt and pepper to taste

Mix up your salsa — that’s the tomatoes, onion, capers, olives, orange juice, garlic, and olive oil. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking. Maybe add more garlic — it’s up to you. Add the torn basil leaves and let it hang about the kitchen while you continue on with your business.


In a bowl, combine the flour, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Lightly salt and pepper the defrosted fillets and dredge in the flour mixture.


Heat a pan. Add the two tablespoons of oil over medium heat, until pretty hot. Add the fish and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side. Depending on the thickness. It should develop a nice, golden color. Adjust your pan heat as necessary.


Serve the fish with the salsa.


This meal also marks the return of the braised Brussels sprouts — oh! How we’ve missed you!


And then there were shoes…

My cute green and brown mules hurt. Also, size 9.5 mules are not as cute as the previous picture — scroll down — would lead you to believe. They have been returned. And so, here are the new awesome wedding shoes (I think).

The new contenders are —


They are by Tsubo and they are so-so-so comfy. Plus, I can wear them more than once, not just at the wedding. I already have the brown ones at home and they passed the tried-them-on-and-they-don’t-hurt test. I also ordered a pair in off-white that were on sale. The “off-white” ones looked more tan and seemed a bit tight. I returned them. It looks like suede chocolate pumps win! Hooray! So, I am still pleased.

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