Whirling Dervish

Tilapia with Asparagus and Artichoke Salad and Rice PilafWhirling Dervish (n.) – a person whose behavior resembles a rapid, spinning object.

Do you ever feel like a Whirling Dervish when making dinner?  I know I did the other day. Cut the rhubarb and mince the ginger for dessert.  Whirl around and slice the shallot for the salad.  Spin back and chop the onion, celery and parsley for the rice. Sprint to the grill to flip the asparagus. Run back and salt and pepper the fish before coating it in corn meal.  Back to the grill to take off the asparagus. Whirl and whirl again.

In reality nothing I cooked the other night was all that involved and none were exceeding difficult.  Somehow however they all required attention at the same time.  When I put together a dinner I mentally plan on what time to start on each part of it so that I can get through making dinner in a relaxed manner. Hate to admit but I clearly misjudged my timing that night as each dish starting requiring my attention at the same time our guests walked through the door.

So what was it I was trying to pull together?

  • Tilapia with Brown Butter and Lemon: This is the second great recipe I’ve tried from the DadCooksDinner blog. This is a nice way to prepare tilapia – simply dunk in cornmeal and fry in a bit of oil, then brown some butter in the same pan and pour over the fish.
  • Asparagus and Artichoke Salad: A very nice summery salad from Simply Recipes.  Grill asparagus and combine with shallot, garlic powder, cherry tomatoes, and artichoke hearts.  This is definitely a salad I will make again.
  • Rice Pilaf: Also from Simply Recipes, this combines browned rice (not brown rice mind you), onion and celery cooked in chicken broth. Nice flavor, but given this meal wish I had just stuck with plain old rice and saved myself some prep work.
  • Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble:  Very tasty dessert, and worth a blog post of its own!

P.S. The title of this blog post goes out with a nod to Anthony.  In a high school basketball game televised on our local TV station the announcer said he looked like a Whirling Dervish as he threw up one spinning layup.  Ever since then Whirling Dervish has entered our family lexicon.

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