It's finally warming up in Seattle and Kickball season is in full swing at the ball field two doors down from us. Yesterday evening Lorelei and I took up our posts on the bleachers and cheered on any team that was running, or kicking, or being silly at the time. After a while, though, we needed to get some dinner in our bellies. I convinced Lorelei to come back to the house for one SpongeBob episode and then we would come right back to watch more of the game.
So, my time was set. I had the length of one SpongeBob episode (about 15 minutes on OnDemand) to get dinner cooked and back out the door for a picnic dinner at the field. I had some salmon that needed to be cooked and tons of broccoli, so I preheated the oven to 500º and got a pot of salted water boiling. Then I cooked the salmon the same way I described in my blog post Friday Night Fish for Me & My Baby; salt & pepper, screaming hot pan, give it a good shake to make sure it doesn't stick to the pan, throw it in the oven for 5-10 minutes, et voilà! This time, though, I scattered some thinly sliced fennel bulb on top of the fish before putting it in the oven to give it some good flavor and get us some more veggies in our diet.
By the time the fish was in the oven, the water was boiling and the broccoli was cooking away. I pulled out a Pyrex dish, and threw a couple of forks and napkins in my pocket. When the broccoli was tender to the poke of a knife, I poured it into a strainer and set it aside to drain well. Then, I pulled the fish out of the oven and put it into my Pyrex dish, added the broccoli with a drizzle of olive oil and some Parmesan cheese, and went to the TV to turn off the ending credits to the show.
In just over 15 minutes, we had a hot, healthy dinner and were back at the ball field enjoying our lovely spring evening, thanks, in some part, to SpongeBob.