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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Spring snapper

whole red snapper (1 1/2-2 pounds)
two stalks lemongrass
bunch cilantro
sesame oil
mirin or rice vinegar (or lemon juice)
eggplant, peeled and chopped
half red onion, thinly sliced
lemon, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Peel lemongrass and cut into thirds, then lengthwise. Cut three slits on each side of fish and stuff with lemongrass. Place bunch of cilantro in center of baking pan, drizzle with sesame oil and mirin. Place fish on bed of cilantro. Scatter eggplant and onion around sides of fish. Drizzle all with oil and mirin, place lemon slices, and add salt and pepper.

Bake for 25-35 minutes until flesh is translucent. Serve over bamboo rice (pretty!) or any other rice.

Earlier today:

"Mommy have a penis?"

"Mommy doesn't have a penis. Girls don't have penises. Only boys, like Daddy and Jasper."

"What happen to Mommy's penis?"

Here we go...


puddle said...


Gotta nip this one in the bud, as it were: Sweetie ~~ Mommy's stuff is inside, yours is outside. That's why you are an Outie, and I am an Innie. Innies and Outies need each other, they work well together. . .

(Sets you up for the next step, too. . . . )

Anonymous said...

I love two-year-olds and their body curiosity! Anders was born when my niece Kate was almost two and learning the differences between boys and girls. One time we were sitting around, quizzing Kate on boys and girls, and she correctly categorized everyone in the room. We asked her about Anders last (we figured he was little and perhaps not firmly gendered in her mind yet). "Is Anders a girl or a boy?" "A boy. [pause] He has nipples!"

Five year olds aren't as curious any more. I can't remember the last time I had a talk with Anders about sex and gender. Hmm--maybe it's time for a check, make sure he's not picking up any crazy ideas from anywhere (like the time when he said that women don't speak in church--what??!?!).

Adriana Velez said...

Puddle, I love your solution out of that Fruedian penis-envy trap!

JaneAnne, now I'm ROFLMAO. I hear once kids turn 6/7 they get really into gender differentiation.

My sister-in-law was just talking about how her 2 also knows exactly who is male and female but can't articulate how he makes these categorizations. "I just want to get inside his head to see how he figures it out!" She says. Fascinating.