Our Love Is Cod

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Our Love is Cod – a healthy fish entree recipe inspired by Heathers: the Musical!Our Love is Cod - a healthy fish recipe inspired by Heathers: the Musical!

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Heathers: The Musical opened off-Broadway in March 2014, only to close by the following August. Based on the 1988 cult film Heathers, starring Christian Slater and Winona Ryder, the musical has a large fan base despite its short run.

The show is a dark comedy based around Veronica and JD. Veronica is accepted by the most elite group in high school, comprising three croquet-mallet-wielding girls all called Heather. JD travels around the country with his father and never bothering to try fitting in to each new school. But he studies Veronica and challenges her to make the world a better place. Although the musical has several lighter moments, it also manages to tackle issues such as teen suicide, bullying, homophobia, and gun violence. As you do.

The song Our Love is God appears at the end of Act I, when Veronica has lured Kurt and Ram out to the woods with promises of a threesome. JD provides two pistols, saying that they are going to shoot the guys with tranquilizer bullets, and making them laughing stocks by the morning.

I worship you.
I’d trade my life for yours.
They all will disappear,
we’ll plant our garden here:
Our love is God.

However as the song progresses and the hopeful Kurt and Ram arrive, it appears that JD might not have been telling the absolute truth about those bullets. Energized by what has happened, JD professes his love to a rather shocked Veronica.  It’s true that it’s quite a leap from the dark aspects of this song to a healthy clean-eating cod recipe. But we know you guys. You’ll go with the flow.

The delicious topping on these roasted cod fillets really elevated this humble fish. The topping can be prepared in advance, too – which means it’s a pretty speedy dish to make.

In a small bowl mix together sour cream, panko breadcrumbs, lemon zest, chopped fresh parsley, salt and pepper. Place the cod fillets onto a baking sheet (I use this quarter size one that comes with a silicone mat) and spread the topping over the cod.

Roast in a preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and flaking. Serve with some wilted baby spinach leaves or something equally virtuous.

Our Love is Cod - a healthy fish recipe inspired by Heathers: the Musical!

Serves 2

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cod fillets

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the sour cream, panko breadcrumbs, lemon zest, chopped fresh parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. Place the cod fillets onto a baking sheet lined with foil or a silicone mat and spread the topping over the cod.
  4. Roast in a preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and flaking.
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