Kitchen Therapy

Baked Flounder 2

Baked Flounder with Portobello Duxelle, Sauteed Greens, & Jasmine Rice

Y’all were probably wondering if I cook anymore…

Truth is I do and fact is: cooking has taken on an even greater role at present.

I call it: Kitchen Therapy.

The dish pictured above was the product of both hands working together in conjunction with my brain (no small feat, as you’ll soon find out) — the smaller the dice, the more difficult it is — but I was craving a Duxelle to go with with some flounder fillets, so I persevered. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Two weeks ago I had a stroke. Yup. A stroke. (A ‘slight one’ per the Doc.) All I knew was that my left leg wasn’t cooperating (a funky feeling), my left arm hung limply at my side, and my left hand was completely unresponsive. Not good! Basically, it put the “kibosh” on everything, especially in the kitchen. (And at my piano… sigh.)

First, you ought to know I’m not an ‘anxious person’ — I take life (and limb) as it comes. No sweat! (Or at least I hope that’s the general impression you’ve gotten from this lil’ ol’ blog o’mine.)

Second, y’all know me… living & loving at the lake, and all that. Could life be anymore relaxed?!

Boots & Blue

This event came out of the blue — in the middle of the night, I might add — as do many of life’s unexpected events. I simply woke up and thought, “Well, this is a new one!”

In the subsequent weeks I’ve relied heavily on the millions+ prayers from friends and family, and I’m delighted to report they’re working. After a prayer session at church last Sunday, my fingers began to move (hallelujah, praise God!) and within two days, I was back at choir rehearsal playing the piano… something I couldn’t have even imagined doing the week before. (And I have a BIG imagination.)

Whatever your beliefs are, I’m telling you, “faith and hope yield fantastic, miraculous results… not to mention fantastic food, if ya just stick with it.

Flounder with Duxelle, Greens, & Jasmine Rice

Flounder with Portobello Duxelle

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1/2 large onion, finely diced

Sprinkle of salt (I used Himalayan Pink)

8 oz. portobello mushrooms (gills removed), finely diced

4 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley, plus extra for garnish

Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon

Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

Freshly grated nutmeg

2 flounder fillets, rinsed and patted dry

Heat butter & olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add diced onions; sprinkle with salt. “Sweat” until translucent (stir occasionally to avoid browning.) Increase heat to medium-high. Add the diced mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms release their liquid.

Stir in the parsley and lemon juice. Cook until liquid(s) evaporate. Season to taste with salt, pepper, & nutmeg.

Spoon half of the duxelle into a buttered baking dish (I used a small glass loaf pan) and top with the flounder fillets. Spoon remaining duxelle over the top.

Cover and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

(I served mine with rice and greens, but a salad & bread sticks would be lovely, too.)

Last year I said October is a cataclysmic month for me. This year’s no exception.

Autumn at the Lake

Enjoying life and limb(s) at the lake ,

~ Kim

13 thoughts on “Kitchen Therapy

  1. Pingback: Thankful Thoughts | a little lunch

  2. Dear Pianist and Poetess, hope life is now treating you nice and kind. How lovely to read and watch your words and images! So soul-soothing. So relaxing. So full of positive vibes.

    Love, love, love that healthy recipe.

    Sending you Love, Hugs, Peace, Sunshine, Cookies from Texas :)

  3. My but you have had a lot thrown your way lately. I’m so glad to hear that you’re on the mend and that you’re back at the piano and in the kitchen. Years ago I thought i’d had a stroke when I was sitting at the computer & felt like I heard a loud ‘crack’ sound in my brain. My left arm and side of my face went numb and I just felt completely disoriented. After many tests, the doctors decided that it looked more like multiple sclerosis which they treated me for. The treatment was worse than the disease & I stopped. Frankly I’ve been in remission without treatment for years so I guess you just never know. You just keep up your positive approach and love each day.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your stroke. That must have been so frightening, not to mention unexpected. I certainly believe in the power of prayer and am grateful to love and know a God who heals. I’m glad you’ve been experiencing some of his miracle-working power. And how wonderful to have friends and family pray for you – it’s always such a self-less act and a blessing xx

  5. Mini or not, still scary. So sorry for all you went through but happy to hear the piano is back in your life as well as cooking. The power of prayer, especially group prayer, is very strong. I will keep you in mine and hope this brings an end to your health issues, Sending love and healing vibes your way. Jeanne

  6. Kim; this is your cousin Kathy up in Bemidji. The home of woods and water. I have been following your blog. My what a year you have had. I will keep you a little longer in my prayers. Glad you are recovering. Peace :)

  7. I am so glad you have healed so well, I’m sorry you had to go through that! But it is not only your faith but your positive attitude that healed you! You are such an amazing person :D
    Now go and enjoy a whole flounder because you deserve it!

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. You know reading this is a huge reminder, Kim, of thankfulness for all that’s so good in life and how in the twinkling of an eye, or quiver of an RPM, how things can change. Thank you for sharing so much that makes me, and I know others, realize that slowing down and davoring the present is not to be taken for granted. Love you boho babe xoxo

  9. Yikes! Only you could write about a both a stroke and flounder in one gorgeous post. I am standing with you here, Kim, as you tackle everything life throws your way with grace and with humor. Be well my friend. xxoo

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