At the Codfish ball.
OK, to be honest, we didn't go fishing, attend a ball or even eat codfish balls, but we did have cod for supper tonight. I used a recipe published in Bon Appetit in 2006: Baked Cod and Potatoes with Horseradish Cream Sauce. It's an easy recipe, with a minimum of dirty pots and pans and it gives me a chance to hone my skills on the mandoline.
I have never been able to slice potatoes or anything else into perfectly even slices, which is why I love my mandoline- it lets me slice a potato or a bushel of potatoes, or other veggies into slices of exactly the same thickness so they cook evenly. And the best part is, I haven't sliced off a finger yet! My mandoline is a French-made Bron that does many things I haven't yet had the nerve to ask it to do (fear of finger-loss), but any good, sharp mandoline will do the same thing, I'm sure. Here's a picture of it in action with the red potatoes for tonight's meal:
You just set the blade for the thickness you want, set the hand guard on its guide rails, position the potato (I cut the larger ones in half so they are easier to fit in the hopper of the hand guard) and begin slicing. It's best to use a steady, fast motion maintaining the proper pressure as you slide the guard.
I dipped the potato slices in a mixture of mayonnaise, mustard with horseradish and lemon juice, then, after shaking the excess mixture off the potato slices, placed them in a single layer on a baking sheet and baked them in a 400 º oven for about 13 minutes, until they were just beginning to turn brown.
I think I might try to jazz up the sauce a little next time, it seemed somewhat blander than I like a sauce to be-- especially one with horseradish! Otherwise, it made a nice, easy meal. The lighting was not good for these pics and they aren't the best quality, but they give a fair idea of how it turned out, I hope.
And about the song lyrics that opened this post- - they are the from the song, Catfish Ball, featured in the 1936 movie, Captain January, starring Shirley Temple (I had forgotten just how cute and talented she was!). Here's a video of her performing the song. See if you can guess who her dance partner is :-)