I can’t cook fish. With the exception of fish tacos and the occasional grilled swordfish, all my attempts at making fish have the same ending: a few bites followed by a sympathetic glance from my husband then both of us tossing the remnants of dinner in the trash.
I love to cook and try to cook most weeknights. Just last night we made pork chops with a seven-spice rub and apricot glaze with lentils. I’ll pretty much attempt to cook anything but when it comes to fish, I have basically given up.
This is where Metropolitan Market, located off Lander Circle in Pepper Pike, comes in. It’s a small gourmet market owned by a chef that sells a lot of frozen prepared foods ranging from soups to fish to appetizers to pastas plus a decent selection of fresh seafood and meat. I normally don’t buy prepared food, but since we both like fish and want it as part of our regular diet, this is one area I have made an exception.
They offer about 10 or so fish varieties. Our favorites are the macadamia crusted mahi mahi with ginger and tortilla crusted tilapia with chipotle and lime. Both are full of flavor, pretty healthy and reasonably priced. And I have to admit, it has been nice to come home from a long day at work and my only responsibility is putting together a side of sorts. Growing up, my mom never served us anything she didn’t make herself and I try to follow that lead. But after having a small taste of the prepared foods lifestyle, I can totally see why people rely on this as a means of supper.
On my last visit, I was telling the woman who works there about my fish dilemma and asking her if there will be any new fish options since I’m sure we’ll eventually grow tired with the selection. She said yes, but was more excited about teaching me how to cook fish. She said I am probably making it more complicated then it really is and she’d provide me with a bunch of simple recipes on my next visit. I then looked at all the varieties of fresh fish they offer, and agreed to give it another shot – especially if they will provide me with some step-by-step assistance. If it ends up being another disaster, at least I know I have options to fall back on.