Unexpectedly scary sea bass dinner

Soooo. We are only a few days ahead of Halloween. And I guess, as a self-respecting food blogger, I should’ve posted some sort of ‘Halloween-ishly’ scary recipe. Something like cobweb cupcakes or Jack-o-Lantern kinda cookies. Well, that was the plan! To post something like that a couple of days before the big night and feel absolutely proud of myself for being so involved…

However (does it EVER forebode anything good???) I’ve decided to cook fish today. Nothing special, just a simple sea bass with a bit of veggies. A light dinner, a sort of diet meal which was supposed to make up for all the stuff we’d ate during the weekend. But it turned out to be something quite appropriate for a scary Halloween dinner.

Freaky fish

Can you see its FACE?? It just stares at you! I even had a bit of a trouble eating it, scared of the possibility of this sea bass biting me or whatever (omg, I’m getting crazy =)). Anyway, since the stings of hunger eventually made a mash on my fear of a dead roasted sea-bass, I can tell you, it tasted absolutely amazing.

So okay, here comes a freaky and super simple recipe.

Fresh freaky fish

For a scary sea bass you will need:

  • 2 sea bass, drawn (make sure they have the same scary snouts as mine)
  • 1 lemon
  • some fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to season

For a honey-vegetable sauteé you will need:

  • 2 courgettes
  • 1 carrot
  • 2-3 shallots
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, pepper, and dried thyme to season

Preheat your oven to 200ºC. Make X-shaped cuts in your sea bass, rub the fish with salt and pepper, stuff it with lemon pieces and fresh thyme and place the fish on a baking tray covered with a baking sheet. Spray some olive oil over the fish and top it with fresh thyme and lemon slices. Bake for 25 min.

Freaky sea bass

Prepare honey-vegetable sauteé. Heat olive oil in a large pan. Slice the shallots, cut courgettes (I usually peel off the skin and scoop out the seeds, but that’s up to you) and carrot into sticks. First fry shallots for c. 1 min, then add courgette and carrot sticks and fry for 3 more minutes. Meanwhile, microwave the honey mixed with lemon juice for 20 sec on ‘High’. Pour the honey-lemon mixture into the pan and fry the veggies for 2-3 more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and dried thyme, to taste.

Enjoy with something like Ray Charles’ ‘Georgia on my mind’ on the background (to distract you from the intimidating face of the sea bass) and an ice-cold glass of white wine (to distract you from any other problems =)).

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