Welcome back for five great finds this week! Each time something good comes up I think “Perfect! I need to share this with you on my five favs!” It’s fun having Annie and Cindy share theirs now too as a regular feature.
1. Polished Copper And Other Surfaces
2. The Gap Linen Shirt
This blue linen shirt is 50% off. I also bought it in the coral orange. It breathes and feels like a much nicer quality shirt for the price ($36). I’m wearing a regular extra small (since I’m short). I don’t mind the wrinkling and you can also tie it at the waist. There are other colors, too.
3. What To Cook
Howard made: Halibut With Cherry Tomatoes and Snow Peas En Papillote from the Wall St. Journal. It was delicious and seems fancy cooked in parchment paper but he insists it’s easy.
WSJ says: “Tucking halibut fillets into parchment-paper packets for a 15-minute steam-roast produces succulent results every time.”
- 4 ½-inch-thick halibut fillets (about 6 ounces each)
- Kosher salt
- 2 lemons
- 3 tbsp minced fresh oregano
- 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 7 tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup thinly sliced snow peas
- 4 tbsp white wine
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Salt fish on both sides. Finely grate zest of 1 lemon over fillets. Sprinkle on 1 tablespoon oregano.
In a bowl, toss tomatoes with vinegar and 3 tablespoons oil. Stir in 2 minced garlic cloves and season with salt. Lightly crush tomato mixture until juices pool in bowl. Toss in snow peas
Arrange each halibut fillet on a rectangle of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch border all the way around. Place each parchment rectangle on a rectangle of aluminum foil, leaving a 1-inch border of foil all around. Spoon tomato-snow pea mixture and some of juices over fish. Pour 1 tablespoon wine over each fillet.
Top each serving with a second paper rectangle of equal size to the first, and fold edges to make a parcel. Fold foil over edges and crimp to seal. Place parcels on 2 baking sheets and bake until paper puffs and browns and fish is easily pierced with a knife and flakes when prodded,, about 15 minutes.
In a mortar, combine remaining oregano and garlic. Finely grate in zest of 1 lemon. Add juice of 1 lemon and remaining oil. Smash with pestle to form a chunky sauce. Add more lemon juice, oil and salt to taste.
Cut open parcels at table and drizzle oregano sauce over contents. Serve with new potatoes, salad or both.
4. What To Read
Book: The Gown by Jennifer Robson
“From the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France comes an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century—Queen Elizabeth’s wedding.”
I listened to it on audio and the narrator is really good. It’s about the fictional lives of the ladies who did the embroidery work. I borrowed the book online from my local library.
My friend, JoAnn suggested googling Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress after reading the book,
On Friday, Princess Beatrice was married in one of the Queen’s vintage gowns designed by Norman Hartnell (who was also the designer of her wedding dress). I think that it’s sweet and sentimental–made me like the book even more.
Photo by Benjamin Wheeler and released by Buckingham Palace
5. Problems With Your Lever Wine Opener Sticking?
Well, THAT won’t do! My sister recommended spraying WD-40 on our lever wine opener and it’s working great again! Try it if yours is giving you problems. Note: We only used a tiny bit and wiped off excess but a reader Allison suggests using Pam and I can’t wait to try it next time I need to.
WD-40 is great for squeaky doors, too.
So, I hope you are keeping your spirits up…I KNOW it’s hard. Call a friend when you are down. Chances are it will make you both feel better.
And that’s it…my five favorite finds this week! Go see what my buddies recommend…