Grandma shamelessly tempts the Babe by waving a haddock filet in front of him.
Those who've criticized our prey blogging will find fault here. Using our precious boy for our own photographic purposes, we click the shutter as he goes for the slab of fish, just before we swoop it away for Mary's Secret Baked Haddock, the way our mother used to make it (more or less). He will get treats once it's cooked, of course, PLUS . . . The fish was long gone before it ever entered the house.
We'll drink (Beefeater martinis straight up with an olive, left) to this lovely dinner of Mary's Secret Baked Haddock with Potato Meltdown. Giant mixed salads on the side.
Mary's Secret Baked Haddock*
Preheat oven to 350o
Line baking pan with foil, place filet of haddock on foil, spread with mayo and top with cracker crumbs of choice (Wheat Thins or Ritz Crackers are our faves. You put a few into a plastic bag and pulverize them with a rolling pin).
Pour a stream of olive oil over the fish and bake 15-20 minutes.
Note (thanks to Susan for calling it to our attention: In those all-saturated-fat-all-the-time days, Mary would have dotted with butter rather than streaming with olive oil. We've been known to do that ourselves, and the results are outstanding)
We're serving it with Potato Meltdown, a recipe for another post. Baby thinks we're the best cook in the world. Tuck doesn't think we're too shabby, either.
Update: Almost forgot. Boo and Spike are hosting the 56th Carnival of the Cats at Watermark. Totally pawsome.
*Update II: Our sis e-mails to point out that Mummy would have never used olive oil -- "too ethnic ;-)" -- on her haddock and to correct the title of our recipe:
"Baked Haddock Marianna"????? The correct name is "Mary's Secret Baked Haddock". What are you, like becoming nuanced? :-)
We've incorporated the corrections into the recipe above.