I have a whole new routine now. Instead of coming home from work, pouring a glass of wine, and preparing an involved, gourmet meal, my day now revolves around the boy's schedule which understandably leaves very little time to cook. It's amazing how exhausting our days can be, even though our big adventures are usually our walk around our neighborhood or maybe meeting a girlfriend for lunch. We all look forward to bath time. The boys love the water and the chance to soak mom and dad. The other night I was dangling Alex's toes in the lovely warm water, when dad asked me a question. I turned, still holding the super soaker, I mean Alex. He took aim and sprayed the wall, the roll of toilet paper, and dad. It was very, very funny.
As part of my new routine, after the boys go to bed (hence the reason why I like bathtime) I get to cook our dinner. It usually still involves a glass of wine and a gourmet meal, but with a lot less effort.
We have been eating a lot of grilled fish this summer. The most important trick to grilling fish is to oil the grate before you cook. That way the fish doesn't stick to the grate. Secondly, don't overcook the fish! This sounds simple, but it is very, very easy to do. My advice is to take a glass of wine outside by the grill and just watch the fish. Pretend that the piece of fish is a pancake--when the top of the piece of fish starts to turn opaque around the edges, flip it. Cook on the second side for 3-4 minutes until the second side is marked with clear grill marks. The overall cooking time depends on the thickness of the fish and the temperature of the grill. My favorite fish to grill are snapper (it's thin, so it will cook quickly), salmon (I marinated a couple of salmon steaks in Toigo orchards bourbon apple bbq sauce. It was yummy), and halibut.
And now I'm off to go bathe the kids!