Hey. So this whole posting once a week thing was a big LOL, cuz when was the last time I updated this? I don’t even know.
What I do know is, once work hits me, it’s all I can do at the end of the day to muster up the energy to not sleep in my jeans let alone write. Not to mention, cooking meals in a hotel room ain’t happening either, so my food intake mostly consists of catering at work, or whatever’s being served at the closest restaurant, washed down with something crisp and cold and made of champagne. It’s no secret that I love restaurants, especially when I’m lucky enough to be working in New York City and able to eat at those restaurants, but the whiny ungrateful actress in me just really wishes for a home cooked meal that I can eat in my sweatpants with very little makeup (notice how I didn’t say makeup-free: I’m not dead, gang.)
Hold the phone while I go on a musing about the constant search for balance when you’re a working mom and wife: I love my job. I crave it. It’s an addictive little drug that has me hooked, and no matter how unpredictable or how stressful or how exhilaratingly messy it can be, I adore what I do and feel super lucky to say so. But this whole having a kid and loving husband thing has really thrown a wrench into the mix. Because I just miss those guys a lot when I have to be away. Shockingly (seriously have a seat), it turns out I equally adore being domestic, cleaning up spills on high chairs, grocery shopping, and fighting with my son about putting on pants. There’s a kind of peacefulness to routine and it turns out that I really, really like it.
*cue my former stiletto-strutting, bar-hopping, Bloomingdales membership-sporting self turning over in her grave*
So now that I am home, however briefly, I’ll share another one of our favourite meals that makes me happy to be domesticated. Especially because it’s halibut (my fave), it’s fast, and it’s good for you. Our nightly routine consists of chasing after a toddler and getting him in the tub and into bed, so once that circus is over, it’s important for dinner to be simple. You can have this cooked and ready to go before the time it would take for delivery to get to you, plus it won’t make you feel like shit. Yay to not feeling like shit!
Super Simple Halibut Tacos
8 oz halibut fillet, skin and bones removed
4 corn tortillas
half of a small head of purple cabbage
2 tbsp plain yogurt (go full fat, life is short)
1/2 cup grated monterey jack cheese
a dash of paprika
a dash of cayenne pepper
a squirt of honey
2 tbsp unsalted butter
salt and pepper
Make your slaw. Thinly slice the cabbage into shreds. Add it to a bowl with the yogurt, honey, a dash of cayenne, the juice of half a lime, and salt and pepper. Mix well and let it sit and absorb the dressing.
Take the avocado out of the skin and give it a rough dice. Add it to a bowl with the juice of a whole lime and a good pinch of salt. Give it a rough stir with a fork but let some of the pieces stay whole for some texture.
My favourite way to cook halibut is in a pan with butter and a squeeze of citrus at the end. Season the halibut with salt, pepper, and paprika. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add the butter. Once it foams, add the halibut. Cook for 6 minutes and then flip it, cooking for another 2-3 minutes depending on the thickness. My pet peeve is overcooked halibut. I had a friend staying with me who cooked it within an inch of its life and I almost killed her, so please do not do that. It needs to be moist in the centre, so do not overcook it. Squeeze the remaining half of a lime over it and take it out of the pan to a cutting board.
Heat your tortillas. My favourite way of doing this is putting them on a plate and draping a damp paper towel over the top and nuking them in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Shred the halibut carefully into chunks with a fork. Top the tortilla with some halibut, a sprinkling of cheese, some slaw, and some avocado. Devour. Have another one. Enjoy your life.