Yesterday was nasty, nasty NASTY outside. Rain, wind and so cold we bumped into a brass monkey looking for a welder. Frankly, I was grousing about the weather, and not for the reason you probaby think. I love me some cold, and we don't get that much down here on the coast, so I was digging that. But everyone around us was getting ice and snow, and all we got was cold wet dreary rain. THAT'S no fun! So rather than get to go sledding, or build a snowman, or make snow ice cream, we just got to stay in the house and feel sorry for the birds and squirrels. Bummer.
We made Jack and Beth get out in it and come over for dinner and a little card-playing, though, so we didn't get too bored. Things were going really well, and we were nicely skunking Phillip and Jack at Spades. Then they started slowly catching up, until they were within 50 points. I decided things had been too dull and figured we'd either win large, or go down in a blaze of glory, so I went nil on the last hand. Let me just put it out there that THIS is the last thing you want to see your partner lead with if you're going nil.
(insert ominous music here.)
Of course, we lost spectacularly. Now, this is not the first time I've had a partner do this to me. As a matter of fact, it's the THIRD time I've had it happen, and every time, (different partners) it's been for no good reason - they've had ample coverage for me. So I can only come to one conclusion.
Nobody likes me.
I only wish I'd known Beth was going to hose me before I fed her. This was my second game spanking in a day. I had my butt handed to me on a platter by my nephew and husband at a game of Risk earlier in the day. Not nice. But Beth had already eaten dinner, so there wasn't much I could do. At least they provided some most delicious chocolate chip cookies for dessert. (Although Jack made those.) It did take some of the sting off, though.
Catfish with Black Bean Sauce
4 catfish fillets
salt and pepper
flour, for dredging
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cans black beans
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes (you can use about 4 fresh roma tomatoes instead, but right now it's January and our tomatoes suck.)
2 Tbs Asian chili garlic sauce (more if you like things spicy)
2 small pieces fresh ginger, peeled (total about thumb-sized)
1 Tbs sesame oil
1 Tbs olive oil
1. For the beans:In a medium saucepan, saute onion in 1 Tbs. olive oil until translucent. Add cans of black bean and ginger and about half a can of water. Simmer 15 minutes, then add tomatoes and chili garlic sauce. Right before serving, stir in 1 Tbs. sesame oil.
2. For the catfish:
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium low heat. Mix together eggs in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, mix together the cornmeal and cornstarch with 1/2 tsp. salt. Salt and pepper each catfish filet and dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then in cornmeal mixture. Place in hot oil. Cook until golden brown on each side, about 3 - 4 minutes per side.
Remove the ginger pieces from the black beans. Serve catfish over the black bean sauce with steamed rice.
Roma Tomatoes (use canned diced tomatoes if Roma are not in season)
1 yellow onion
4 catfish filets
2 15 oz. cans of black beans
Asian chili garlic sauce