Pan-seared cod with green beans and butter and white wine sauce

“Eating well is a form of self-respect”

Today I was reading an article about a girl, who has gone to Africa to work as a volunteer with kids at an orphanage. Needless to say – poor countries, where any kind of food is a luxury. She compared the happiness and joy of those, who had an occasional bowl of beans and rice – those who truly tasted and sensed every bite, to those, who had the privilege to dine at fanciest restaurants and yet spend their time with their noses in a smart phone. It’s not just about the food. It is not all black and white. Yet my thought was circling around our actual devotion to one of the most important things in our life, at the base of hierarchy of needs – feeding our bodies, the only home we have to live in.

Somehow dynamics of every day has shifted to more important things – constantly running, being on time to meet the deadlines, getting more things done to pursue a better career, to earn more money, to get a better household and to drive a fancier car. While at the end of the day, what matters most is to actually be happy and enjoy the little things we can have control of only if we want to and pay enough attention. I’m a strong believer that if we get our priorities straight, we lead a happier life, with less stress and cherish every little thing without obsessing over something that we may not need after all.

I do consider food and eating as one of the biggest pleasures in life. With little exceptions (there’s still room for improvement), when I eat – I focus on eating. Alone or with my loved ones. Sitting down at a table and appreciating treasure which landed on the plate. The simpler, the more natural and not too complicated, the better. I’ve had my share of dinners at restaurants where overcrowded plates rule and the more I tried, the more I craved simplicity. At the end of the day a simple home cooked meal may become the best and tastiest thing you’ll ever want.

All you need is a piece of fresh fish and some veggies to go along. That’s it!

Ingredients:

  • Cod fillet
  • Green beans
  • Butter/ghee
  • White wine
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • Salt’n’pepper

Pan-fry green beans in a bit of butter, sprinkled with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Give it 7-10 minutes. In the meantime heat a pan, melt some butter (or use ghee if preferred), sprinkle some crystal salt and cook the cod a few minutes per side, turning only once. The fish is very delicate and easily breaks into pieces. So be patient! Always use fresh fish and don’t be tempted to overcook it. Serve the fillet over beans.  

Prepare the sauce. In a saucepan melt the butter, add finely chopped garlic, whisk in white wine and bring to almost boiling. Simmer until sauce reduces. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. I love the heat from pepper with my white fish – try and spice it up, maybe you’ll love it too.

Et voila! The dinner is served.

Bon appetit!

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