eat fish and be merry: baked fish with potatoes & rosemary + lime & honey wax beans

Last night I wasn’t in the mood to cook. It’s been a busy week catching up on all the work that had piled up since I went back to Ontario and I had inadvertently skipped lunch which left me at dinner time feeling all woozy and tired. Just thinking about dinner — let alone getting up the energy to make it happen seemed like too damn much. But being the frugal girl that I am, I didn’t want to order in take-out since we’re in “Get-Ready-Set-Europe!” savings mode. Instead, I did what most modern cooks do. I went online to epicurious and typed in a couple things I had in my fridge and out popped a couple super simple recipes.

The fish recipe seemed too simple to be good, but I read all the comments and decided to give it a go and I’m glad I did. How can you go wrong with crispy roasted rosemary scented potatoes and fish? I added parsley in addition to the rosemary since my balcony garden has been brimming with these 2 herbs and I just used cod since that’s what I had on hand. The original recipe called for bread crumbs so I subbed in panko crumbs instead, but next time, I’ll skip the breadcrumbs altogether (and I’ve omitted them from the recipe below). Trust me they added nothing. But what to do with the super fresh local wax beans I had just purchased? I could have just steamed them, but instead I decided to tamper with another epicurious recipe, using limes instead of lemons and adding the juice for extra zest. Yum!

This entire meal was so fresh tasting and simple to prepare. Add a pint or two of ice cold beers and it’s pretty easy to forget that I was on the brink of calling for take-out. These recipes saved my day. Really.

8 comments to “eat fish and be merry: baked fish with potatoes & rosemary + lime & honey wax beans”

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    eviedee   August 9, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    This sounds marvelous!

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    Patricia Scarpin   August 10, 2007 at 6:41 am

    I would be very merry with this wonderful food!
    The potatoes are so beautifully browned, yummy!

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    Mari   August 10, 2007 at 7:35 am

    those wax beans are gorgeous! what a beautiful color! glad to hear that you’re still headed this way. 😉

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    Joanne   August 10, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    J’adore poisson, pomme de terres avec rosemary et haricorts jaune! Tres bien.
    Hiya – just practicing my French. Some of my best meals have been discovered from leftovers and “throwing things together” from whatever you have on hand. Funny though, I haven’t seen yellow wax beans in the market at all. Your beans look awesome as do the rosemary potatoes, crisp and golden brown just the way I like ’em.

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    kickpleat   August 11, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    eviedee, it was a marvelous dinner and i can’t wait to make it again.

    patricia, very merry indeed 🙂 the potatoes were perfection!

    yes, mevrouw, we’ll definitely meet up in amsterdam! i can’t wait!!

    joanne, it seems wax beans have only recently shown up here, so wait a bit and they should show up where you are very soon! i love yellow beans.

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    Anonymous   August 15, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    those lime/honey beans sound like a nice variation on a bean dish I like:
    1 lb. beans (green and wax)
    lime juice
    butter (i know, i know)
    salt/pepper to taste
    lime zest
    fresh dill

    steam the beans then toss into a pan with the butter, juice, zest, salt and pepper and saute – add the dill at the end. Yum.

    Next time I’m trying yours!

    jennifer in ks
    [email protected]

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    Lisa PN   August 15, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    I made this tonight, after seeing it on your blog this afternoon and was pleased by the way it turned out!
    And i don’t cook a lot, so my husband was very pleased! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Caroline   August 25, 2007 at 11:46 am

    yum, yummy, yummy…I never comment but look at your blog all the time…love it!

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