This title refers not only to the number of spoons given to today’s dish by myself and Mike, but also the age of our precious little Miss A. Now, for those of you that have children, you’ll know what we’re talking about when we say Miss A is officially entering “the three’s.” For those of you that don’t have children, let’s just say the person that came up with the slogan, “the terrible two’s” clearly did not have a three-year old child.
But before we get to that, let me share with you where Mike has chosen to take us for the next two weeks….Portugal! After a quick search of Portuguese recipes we were definitely excited. There is a myriad of delicious options from which to choose and today we’re kicking it off with one of the most popular foods in Portugal.
Portugal is a seafaring nation with the most prevalent fish being the cod, both dried (salt cod) and fresh. According to Wikipedia it is said that there are more than 365 recipes for cod, one for every day of the year; and it didn’t take us long to select our recipe, Portuguese Baked Cod.
Mike and Mr. N were able to pick up some fresh cod at a local fish market.
After the fish baked, we removed the skillet from the oven and then placed the fish on a plate to keep warm. We returned the tomatoes and onions to the stove top and added a bit of butter while bringing it back up to a rapid boil. We cooked the sauce until it thickened and then tossed in the parsley.
This was a refreshing, hearty and absolutely tasty way to eat white fish. Mike and I both really enjoyed it. The fish was cooked to perfection and the tomato sauce wasn’t overpowering, but rather provided a delicious and balanced flavor. Easily a 3 spoon meal. I know that we’ll be repeating this recipe again as we try to incorporate fish at dinner at least once a week.
Now as for the kids, Mr. N enjoyed his meal. It wasn’t his favorite way to eat cod, but if he was served it again he’d eat it. So he gave it 2 spoons. As for Miss A, well she didn’t want to stop playing and was shall we say a bit on the tired side. So, she stopped by her seat, promptly upturned her plate and said, “I hate this! I’m not eating this for dinner!”
Mike and I looked at each other and sighed. Yep, just what we had been fearing the past few weeks. We were now officially in “the three’s.” So while Miss A went off to pout and cry, the rest of us sat down to dinner. A few minutes later she poked her head back in the kitchen and climbed back into her seat. She sat quietly for a while and then saw Mr. N eating his dessert. That was all it took. Miss A ate several bites of her fish, even said she thought it was good and then asked for her dessert.
So given that Miss A ate most of her fish without us even asking, we’re going to go with 2 spoons. We would have said 3 if dessert wasn’t the obvious motivator, but in all honesty, we think she actually liked the cod. It was definitely a new way of cooking fish for us and a way that we’ll be happy to add to our repertoire.
As for our precious little Miss A…well, we’re sure the next six months to a year or so will be interesting. (We still have clear scars from Mr. N’s time as a three-year old.) It’s a time of major physical and mental growth for little ones, and the definite transition from toddler/preschooler to an individually minded, independent little kid that knows there’s a world beyond mom and dad. I’d say that I hope the three’s go fast – and while some days I’m sure that will be the prevalent thought in my mind – I’m going to spend as much time as I can embracing the “little” moments before I wake up and find that my little princess toddler/preschooler has grown-up.
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