Whenever I eat fish I feel as though I’m somehow instantly becoming a healthier and better person by proxy, it’s ridiculous how smug I feel when I’m eating it. I’m assuming this is largely because I had to teach myself to like fish, in no way was I born with an innate taste for inhabitants of the sea. I live with someone who really won’t eat fish so I limit these sessions of weird superiority to evenings when I’m alone in the apartment. This trout is simple to assemble quickly when you’re hungry and craving feelings of robust healthiness. The pale coral flesh becomes buttery soft once roasted in a scorching oven for a very brief amount of time. I tend to use fresh baby dill because I buy it regularly, other herbs that would be delicious are basil, cilantro, parsley and oregano; let’s just say that this recipe is very much open to interpretation. The fruity sourness of the lemon and the heat of the crushed black pepper once again prove to be an effective marriage of flavours and the Dijon mustard binds the two together with unwavering certainty. Because trout has a somewhat assertive taste I like to eat it with an equally assertive green and some garlic tossed together in a pan of olive oil for maximum psychological health benefits.
roasted trout with lemon and dill:
1 trout fillet
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
One good handful of fresh dill, finely snipped with scissors
2 tsp. dijon mustard
Kosher salt to taste
A generous amount of black pepper, I like to crack black peppercorns with a mortar and pestle for this recipe
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine 1 Tbsp. of the vegetable oil, lemon zest and juice, fresh dill and mustard and stir until blended.
3. Using the remaining 1 Tbsp. of vegetable oil to lightly grease a shallow glass casserole dish, place the trout skin side down and pour the lemon and dill mixture over the fish to coat. Apply the salt and freshly cracked pepper according to taste, I think lots of pepper provides a bite that pairs wonderfully with the acidic tartness of the lemon.
4. Roast the fish in the oven until the flesh turns to a soft coral shade and flakes easily with a fork; the fillets I use take around 11 minutes to cook. (I direct you to this handy chart for information on cooking fish for the appropriate time.) Eat while extremely hot and feel richly nourished.
You know how sometimes you need a song to make you happy? Something that will lift you up and knock the dust off after a stupid day; my stupid days usually mean my ability to pass as an extrovert while actually desperately needing to be quiet and to not speak to anyone for at least 24 hours. New Order is, most of the time, the happiest depressing band ever so I find this song fitting for moods such as the aforementioned. It’s pop melody hyperbole, sunshine in 7:00 minutes and it will make you feel better and warmer.
New Order – Temptation