The Final Birthday Dish – Thai Fish with Shrimp

Most of the food from the potluck...

Matt’s birthday ended with a bang (or as Andy would say a BOOM).  We had a potluck style meal.  The dish I made came from Quick and Easy’s Stir-Fry Cookbook.  Backstory on the cookbook – I actually bought this cookbook for Matt on our first Easter together.  I also bought a wok and filled it with all sorts of veggies – making it look like an Easter basket.

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[/span4][span8] The recipe tagged was for Thai-style Fish with Prawns. So that means I served NO meat on Matt’s birthday – CRAZY! To make it I heated oil in a large skillet (if you have a wok you can use that but sadly the one I gave Matt for Easter all those years ago is no longer with us). Then I added crushed garlic cloves, chopped ginger, chopped shallots and chopped lemongrass. That cooked for about a minute and I mixed in chile powder. Then I added strips of a firm whitefish fillet. At Mediterranean Seafood they recommended that I use monkfish (poor man’s lobster). That cooked for a few minutes and I added coconut milk, salt, fish sauce and lime juice.
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Action shot of me pouring in the fish sauce!
Action shot of me pouring in the fish sauce!
[/span4][span8] That cooked for a few minutes and added shrimp which I had cut in half lengthwise, and once those were done (pink and curling) the dish was done. I added chopped cilantro to the top and dinner was served! The dish is meant to be served with rice so Jamie and Tash brought that. Al made my favorite salad – fattoush – and I am in the works of having Al do a blog bomb with his fattoush recipe! Paul and Ariane brought sausage, chicken and coleslaw. Sean and Andrea brought a salad which didn’t make it for the photo. Ivan brought a key lime pie and wine also not pictured. Andy and Robin brought wine (yum)!
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Most of the food from the potluck...
Most of the food from the potluck…
[/span4][span8] Verdict: Everything was really really tasty. Ivan seemed to especially like the stir-fry, or at least he kept saying how much he liked it! But this was another quick recipe to cook, which I really like! If you want to try this dish out you can grab the recipe here.
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And one final photo of the night…

don't ask me why Al is eating grapes like that...
don’t ask me why Al is eating grapes like that…