Sole With A Gold Dress

This dish was conceived to celebrate the triumph of joie de vivre over life’s everyday drudgery. Here is the story. There was once a Sensible Girl who was looking for a job. She promised herself that when she was successful, she would reward herself with a pair of designer sunglasses. These would be a good investment she argued, since her old pair had broken, and she would wear them regularly.

The Sensible Girl did all the Sensible Things required to get a job. She sent multiple applications and trudged to many interviews. Months went past, and despair and self-doubt began to gnaw at her insistently.

Then, out of the blue, and no thanks to any of her Sensible Activities, she was offered The Perfect Job.

On the day her first pay cheque flutters into her bank account she arrives home to find her house mate cooking sole. “You seem to have been shopping” the house mate observes, “but that bag looks too big for just sunglasses” she adds, eyebrow arched. Out of a miasma of tissue the Sensible Girl draws a breathtakingly short, eye-wateringly tight, shimmering and shining gold dress. “How often do you think you will wear that?” demands the house mate, eyebrow now arched to breaking point. But the Sensible Girl is smiling and stroking the dress too much to answer…

The gold dress in this case is the turmeric flavoured Basmati, and the orange and yellow peppers.

Lemon sole is not actually a sole…in fact it’s a type of flounder… and it doesn’t taste of lemon either! It has both eyes on the same side which makes it look a bit weird. The best time to eat lemon sole in the UK is September when it is still at it’s best quality, but it is no longer in its breeding season. To find out more about eating sustainable fish click here.

The dish goes well, appropriately, with a golden yellow Pouilly Fuissé – try “Margolliets” from Vineyards Direct.


This post is dedicated, with thanks, to Domini, Claudia, and Rachel.

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