Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

It was 10 o’clock at night and I had to listen to my tummy, the block of hardened Ciabatta lying on top of my toaster, and my homework sitting pathetically on the living room floor. Thus, I decided as a responsible college student enrolled in summer school, it was completely logical to not suppress the urge to make bread pudding with vanilla sauce.

I mean, you can’t work on a disgruntle stomach – right? Tell me otherwise. I dare you.
Without further ado, I humbly present my first entry onto The Kitchen of Requirement!

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Beer Battered Tilapia with Mandarin Oranges

After making deep-fried milanesa tilapia, I swore I would become more conscious about my health and avoid fried food.  I really should know better than to speak in absolutes, but I have no regrets.  After all, home made food is good for you, right?

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Tilapia Milanesa

Our latest cooking spree has been prompted by the arrival of 5 lb. of fish, all of which must be cooked within 7 days.  There is so much salmon and tilapia that the mild worry has arisen that we may get tired of eating fish.  Thus the plan is to find various recipes and hide the fact that we’re living off of tilapia and salmon for the immediate future.

This recipe was particularly worrisome.  For starters, milanesa is generally used with chicken, beef, or eggplant and I greatly enjoy the chicken milanesa.

But the majority of my apprehension arose from the fact that milanesa involves deep-frying the food.  You see, the entirety of my experience with any type of fried or deep-fried food come from the state fair.  Which I haven’t been to in 3 years.  And where I only ate funnel cake and avoided the the deep-fried oreos, coke, etc.

Naturally by the time I began to question my deep-frying abilities I was fairly set on having milanesa tilapia.  I decided that the safest way to deep-fry fish was to use a stew pot in order to minimize oil spray around the pot.  While it was certainly effective in keeping the stove top cleaner, there was much yelping as Tonks and I tried to flip the fish while avoiding the popping oil.

The tilapia was delicious, but I’ll admit that I quickly followed the fish with salad in an attempt to improve my health karma.

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