Danny felt well enough to cook dinner this evening (He'd planned it a week in advance) so I let him loose in the kitchen, and look what he came up with.
Baked Fish in a Covered Dish from Joy of Cooking, 1967 edition.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (we upped this to 400).
Place 2 lbs. of fish (Danny used Haddock) in an ovenproof dish, and salt it. Add 2 tablespoons clarified butter, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Pour over 2 tablespoons dry white wine. Cover, and bake until done-about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, make a sauce of 3 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons capers, 1 teaspoon chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon chives (he used scallions), 2 teaspoons lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour over fish before serving.
Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash (Look, I didn't name it, OK?) From Women's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery, 1966
2 acorn squashes
3 tart apples
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
Salt to taste (Danny used smoked salt)
Cut the squashes, and remove seeds and fibre. Place cut side down in a pan and fill with 1/2 inch boiling water. Place in a preheated 400 degree F. oven and bake 20 minutes. Meanwhile, pare, core, and chop the apples. Mix with melted butter and maple syrup. Sprinkle squashes with salt. Place filling in cavities of squash and cover tightly with foil. Bake another 30 minutes or until squashes and apples are tender. These re-heat well in the microwave.
For the rice:
Make basmati rice as you normally would, using vegetable broth in place of water. While rice cooks (or do ahead) sauté some mushrooms and scallions (and fresh thyme if you have it) in butter until the mushrooms give off most of their liquid. Add a splash of white vermouth, then boil until it evaporates. Remove from heat. When rice is cooked, fold the moisture through it and let it sit five minutes before serving.
Danny also served steamed broccoli, which is a treat as it has been terribly expensive, and we don't have it often.
This was another lovely meal, and he still has leftover money in his grocery budget to add to next week's allowance. I told him he could keep whatever is left at the end of the year, but so far he hasn't been feeding us rice and beans.