Work from Home Cod

You know those days where you haven’t left the house except to maybe go to the grocery store, where you buy a box of tea and then immediately regret the purchase upon returning home because you don’t really need that tea, do you? Those days where you just sit and stare at a computer screen for 8 hours sending your messages into the void, with no opportunity for actual human interaction except for your google hang outs with friends who have real jobs as lawyers or whatever, and you’re like “ha ha I haven’t put on pants all day” and they’re like “ha ha how’s your job search?” And then suddenly it’s 9pm and you’re starving and open the refrigerator and realize that someone bought cod? This is the recipe for that kind of a day.


Ingredients for Work from Home Cod

1 filet cod
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp tomato paste
2 medium tomatoes, diced
White wine
1 tsp dried thyme
1 small red potato, diced
1/2 zuchinni, diced
1/2 red or green bell pepper, diced
Salt and pepper
Red pepper flakes
Olive oil
Olives (optional)
Basil (Optional)


  1. Chop all the vegetables.
  2. Take the cod out of the fridge so it can come to room temperature and the cat can freak her shit out.
  3. Heat 1 TB olive oil to a deep-ish skillet and add onions when hot. Saute for a few minutes while already drinking the wine.
  4. Add garlic and tomato paste and stir about 2 minutes.
  5. Check your email again. Do you have a job yet?
  6. Add tomatoes, wine, thyme, a pinch of red pepper and some salt and pepper. Stir, then throw a lid on the pan to bring to a gentle boil. Reduce to a simmer, then let cook down a bit with the lid off.
  7. …I don’t remember if I showered.
  8. Add remaining vegetables to the pan, including olives if you’re using them, and stir. Cover again about 3 minutes to let potatoes soften. Now you’re just making this up. Taste it and if it needs salt, add salt. Too acidic? Add a pinch of sugar. Paying rent next month? Shhh. You have cod.
  9. I like to cut the cod fillet into smaller pieces, so maybe do that? I don’t care. Add cod however you like it and cover.
  10. Let poach for 6-8 minutes, depending on how thick the filet is. It’s done when the fish flakes easily.
  11. Serve over rice, with fresh basil on top if you have it. And drink the rest of the wine.

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