Dinner Fast: Piperade Potatoes and Fish Fillets

We are cooking dinner at the last minute tonight, and hard up for inspiration. It's wet and drippy outside and the election coverage is more interesting than the stove right now. So - something fast yet cheering is in order! We have been rather craving piperade, the Basque scramble of red peppers, garlic, onions, and tomatoes. Julia Child talks about a piperade omelet in the book we're reading and we were considering one until we saw this recipe - click for full menu...

We went browsing quickly through Epicurious and found a couple ideas to wake up our taste buds.

Roasted Fingerlings With Red And Yellow Piperade - from last November's Bon App├ętit. Little potatoes roasted with peppers and onions - quick and fairly hands-off. There is no tomato in this piperade, which is good because it's winter and there aren't any.

Fish Fillets With Olives And Oregano - from Gourmet May 2006. Fish is fast and easy, and the olives and herbs complement the Spanish flavor of the piperade. Check out our guide to seafood for quick tips on choosing healthy and ocean-friendly seafood. We have links to wallet guide cards here.

Lemon Pudding Cakes - a recipe from our own Sara Kate, published in Food & Wine last fall. They're adapted from Sara Kate's Greyston Bakery Cookbook and if we are inspired enough for dessert tonight this is what we'll make. Bright lemon, packed full of Vitamin C, is a godsend in the dreary winter, and these luscious little cakes show it off to cheering effect.

There's our quick, bright menu for tonight! What are you cooking?