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Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 11, Day 1

Cod with White Wine Mustard Sauce
Orzo with Browned Butter
Braised Endive

Cooking time:  35 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      I used thick cod filets for the fish dish, (here called the back of the cod). If you use thinner filets, baking time is considerably less. Save the braising stock from the endive for the risotto.

Cod with White Wine Mustard Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes  
   
Any nice filet of white fish would be good: walleye, sole, catfish, cod, snapper, for this simple dish. The shallots are lightly sautéed and finished with a bit of wine, stock and tarragon.

Cod with White Wine Mustard Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Orzo with Browned Butter

Total time: 25 minutes
   The orzo is made like traditional pasta, cooked in a large volume of boiling water, drained and finished with a sauce - in this case, simple Browned Butter.

Orzo with Browned Butter Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Braised Endive

Total time: 35 minutes
     The braised endive is finished with a dash of white Balsamic vinegar, a bit of cheese and a sprinkle of olives. 

Braised Endive Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 40 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan with lid, baking sheet, large skillet
with lid, pot and strainer for pasta

Turn oven on 400F (200C)
Put water on high heat for orzo
Prepare fish, set aside
Chop shallot for sauce
Trim, slice endive
Put endive, stock in skillet, cover, braise
Bake fish
Cook orzo
Sauté shallot for sauce

Shred cheese
Chop olives
Add stock, wine, mustard, herbs to shallot, simmer
Dissolve cornstarch in water
Thicken sauce, remove from heat, cover, keep warm
Drain orzo
Melt butter, brown
Remove cod
Drain endive, sprinkle vinegar, add cheese, cover
Mind the butter
Finish fish
Finish endive
Add orzo to butter, finish
Serve