Yesterday afternoon I got a phone call of one of my favourite friends. Pike told me that he wants to join us for dinner last night. What a great idea.
So, I made my mind up and checked the fridge. Bell pepper, bacon, onions, courgettes, white wine, couscous, oranges and butter were around. But I still had to add some items to my shopping list.
Shopping list (in my mind)
Potatoes, small (just to add another contrast to the dish)
Lucky I am that yesterday was market day. So a good chance for me to get all the necessary stuff in one place. And it worked out. I really hate the idea of having a shopping odyssey just for a few ingredients.
Back from the market I entered the kitchen, brew a coffee and start my preparations.
Prep list (in my mind too)
* chop onions and bacon to prepare the pea mash
* dry cherry tomatoes for the salad
* wash, thinly slice, soak in water, strain, dry and deep fry truffle potatoes,
the small potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes
* cut bell pepper, onions and courgettes in small cubes for the couscous
* wash garden radish, keep the green for the sauce and cut the radish into quarters
I just finished my preparations when Pike arrived. Surprise, surprise. He came with his twin brother Perch who was in town as well. We just call them pike perch because they react simultaneous when you talk to just one of them.
And our dinner was complete.
Pike perch with couscous, garden radish and a sauce of its leaves
Pike perch with pea mash and a crispy potato salad