Hi there. Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.
We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?
I was, to put it mildly, not excited about making this meal. I am super intimidated by cooking fish and I just don’t eat a lot of seafood in general. In addition to that, I abhor pistachios. Cool.
My stores that I frequent most often are Target and Walmart – solely because they are behind my neighborhood. It’s quick, easy, affordable, and I know where everything is in the store. They don’t have fresh seafood departments though. To be honest, I am not sure I would have gone through with heading over to Kroger to get salmon if not for the fact that I was wanting to try their store brand seltzer water. Motivated by my favorite Tito’s mixers, I headed on over. I got the salmon and the goddamn pistachios, along with the (expensive-ish) spices that I didn’t have at home.
At home, I had to talk myself into jumping in. The absolute worst part of the entire process was the beginning – shelling the pistachios. I put on a training video I was wanting to watch and got after it.
There was some gagging over the fact that I was going to eat pistachios and that there was fucking skin involved in the fish.
Let me just tell you though – when the fish started baking, it smelled absolutely amazing. The kids kept asking me what the great smell was. They still had no interest in eating it, mind you.
Well… turns out it tasted just as amazing as it smelled. Once again, the anticipation was much worse than the actual process and result.
That being said, I’ll substitute with another nut next time, because fuck pistachios.