Evan has heard the song “Happy Birthday” quite a few times this past week. He not only got it as often as he wanted on his birthday (which was VERY often), but he also went to a birthday party. You throw in that my father’s birthday party was not that long ago, and this is the result:
I haven’t had a regular dentist since 2003. That was when I left to serve as a missionary in South Korea. Mostly, this was due to the fact that I was in school, and it is really hard to find a decent dentist out here in Provo. It seems like there are about a million dentists in Provo all banking on the fact that some student will wander in and be willing to pay for whatever the dentist says needs to be done. I am pretty sure I’ve gone through 4 dentists since 2003, each one doing a pretty horrible job. I’ve decided to gather the worst things I’ve heard or experienced in the dentist’s office.
5. “Sometimes our estimates are off.”
I had gone to a dentist right after I returned home from my mission, and he did a lot of work on my teeth. Two years without going to a dentist can kind of do that to you. I told him to do any cavity, no matter how small it was, because I was about to go off of my parent’s insurance and wanted any problems to be nipped in the bud. I remember paying about $120 for $700 worth of work. About 1 year later, I get a call from a collection agency. The dentist office had turned me over to a collection agency for $23. It turns out the dentist had over-estimated what the insurance company would pay, and was coming after me for the $23. Remember, this is $23 of a $700 bill that they DID get paid on. What really made me angry was how nonchalant the office was about the whole thing. They never tried to call me themselves. They never sent me a letter saying I had a bill due. I ended up paying, but not before going to their office and giving them a piece of my mind and letting them know I would never go to their office again.
4. “When we got busy just forget.”
This happened in 2003 right before I left on my mission. I needed my wisdom teeth pulled, and some other minor dental work done. As I was recovering, I noticed that my bite was WAY off. I couldn’t even close my mouth all of the way. Because the bite was way off I couldn’t really eat and I was getting a splitting headache. I quickly made another appointment and it turned out that the dentist had over-filled my teeth that had cavities and forgotten to correct the bite. I never went back to that office.
3. “See how much a juvenile patient can bleed? Get me some more cotton.”
This one happened when I was about 12 or 13. I’m not sure what the dentist poked me with because I was so numb, but I remember that he was training a new dental assistant. She kept grabbing more and more of those little cotton rolls and stuffing them into my mouth. To this day, I am forced to wonder if he did it on purpose just to show me how much a “juvenile patient can bleed.”
2. “Good thing he’s already numbed up.”
This was from the same office that didn’t said they were too busy to correct my bite. I would just like to point out that just because you are numb and can’t feel the pain of the the dental tools hitting your gum does not mean that you can’t taste the blood. Gross. Really gross.
1. “Well, I hope that was the right tooth.”
This one was the most recent (I’m looking at you Cougar Dental). I had gone in not knowing whether it was going to be a root canal or just a deep filling, and after the dentist started drilling he said this. Fortunately, it WAS the right tooth.
Roni and I have a very important rule in our house. This rule helps inspire creativity and experimentation. Well, at least in the kitchen. What is this rule? The rule is that we are free to try new recipes, but nobody has to eat the result. What this ends up meaning is that if the dish turns out gross, we can go and get something else. Sometimes we make something up, and other times we just go out into the wild internets in search of new recipes. Both options have mixed results.
Recently, I discovered that a certain number of food network shows are available on Hulu. This has had the direct result of making me want to make up new recipes. Here is my most recent creation. Remember! It is a work in progress, so it might take some tweaking here or there to get it how you like it. But I think the elements are all there for a really tasty meal. The fish has a wonderful lime marinade that balances quite nicely with the mild sweetness of the sauce and rice. While the elements are nice apart, they are best when experienced together.
Thai-Inspired Mahi Mahi
1lb center-cut Mahi Mahi (thawed if frozen)
Juice from 1 lime
zest from 1 lime
1 tbs chopped basil
1 tbs chopped cilantro
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups calrose medium grain rice
1 can coconut milk (about 15 oz)
salt to taste
1 can coconut milk (about 15 oz)
2.5 tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 tsp ground cumin (about 1 tbsp whole cumin)
1 tsp ground coriander (about 1/2 tbsp whole coriander)
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp lemon grass, chopped (about 1/2 stalk)
1/2 tbsp fresh basil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp salt (more or less according to taste)
3/4 cup bell pepper strips
1 tsp fresh chopped cilantro
1. Prep Mahi Mahi by removing scales if the fish still has the skin on it. This can be done by running a vegetable peeler against the grain of the scales under running cold water. Cut the Mahi Mahi into 4 portions of equal size.
2. Mix together the remaining marinade ingredients into a large ziploc bag and shake to mix. Add the Mahi Mahi portions and make sure they are evenly covered with the marinade. Allow to marinate at least 30 minutes, but not longer than 2 hours.
3. Wash the rice, and cook according to instructions. If the coconut milk has separated, make sure to mix it well so that everything is evenly incorporated. If preparing on the stove, additional water may be necessary.
4. While the rice cooks, add coconut milk to medium sauce pan bring to a simmer.
5. Add in peanut butter and stir to fully incorporate with the coconut milk.
6. Add in ground cumin, coriander and red pepper flakes. Stir. Add in chopped lemon grass, fresh basil and garlic. Salt and pepper to taste. Add in pinch of turmeric for color.
7. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 5-7 minutes. Strain mixture into bowl and keep it warm.
8. Get a skillet and bring to a high temperature. Add a small amount of olive oil to the pan, and the olive oil should just begin to smoke. Reduce heat to medium-high and add in the Mahi Mahi (skin side down if there is skin). Season fish with salt and pepper.
9. Cook Mahi Mahi for 2-3 minutes on each side depending on thickness and remove it from the pan. Reduce heat to medium.
10. Add in remaining marinade to the skillet while the skillet is still at a high temperature, and cook for several seconds. Add in fresh bell pepper and cook, stirring constantly for 30-45 seconds, until the pepper just starts cook. Remove peppers from heat and mix in the fresh chopped cilantro.
11. Place one ladle full (1/3 cup) of the sauce in the bottom of a bowl. Put rice on top of the sauce and the fish on top of the rice. Top with the peppers and cilantro.