We dine beyond our means…

March 3, 2010

Connie suggested that we make Sea Bass Annapolitan the other evening and I foolishly agreed.

Not to say that the dish wasn’t delicious, because it was- but no one told me that the recipe called for “Chilean” sea bass which guessing by the price must be made from the filleted wings of angels.  When the guy behind the seafood counter told me the cost I nearly shit my pants.  At $20 (+) per pound why the hell did the pioneers rush west to pan for gold?  It would have been more financially rewarding to hunt the ever elusive “Chilean” sea bass and then peddle it to sappy middle-class idiots like me.  I did the math- it would have been more cost effective to have the butcher carve up a unicorn than slap two pounds of cold dead fish in my hand.  Yes I said a Unicorn- I know they’re mythical creatures, but the way I see it anything that cost over $20 per pound must be equally as rare.

When he placed the fish in my hand I mentally calculated the financial burden that I would incur if I followed through with the purchase.  After significant deliberation I decided “yes” the fish is worth it- even if it does mean that the boys will have to attend community college in lieu of an accredited university.

That was before I priced the Maryland Lump Blue Crab meat that gets ever so delicately drizzled over the top of the Chilean Sea Bass- $36 per pound- GOOD GOD, are you friggin kidding me!  I almost threw up.  I actually had to use my home equity line of credit to get out of the fish market.

But I followed through.  I made the purchase and Connie and I cooked the friggin fish.  I was almost past the nausea which routinely accompanies a poor financial decision when Cayden provided this profound observation “fish sticks taste better”.

I hate when he’s right?

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Teri and the cats of Furrydance posted the following on March 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm.

haha, the antispam word was goldfish! I get a craving for fishsticks about once a year and thats about as fishy as it gets for me…considering the price…I’m ok with that!

Ps: I’ve been marinating everything in that Carlo’s–steaks, chicken, ribs…yum!

Dan posted the following on March 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm.

Such is life. Such is life.

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