- one very fresh, fairly-thick 16-ounce Long Island waters swordfish steak from Blue Moon Fish, divided at home into 2 pieces, marinated for half an hour in a mixture of olive oil, much of the pink section of a scarlet/Japanese scallion from Norwich Meadows Farm, some fresh fennel seed from Berried Treasures, and a very small amount of chopped medium hot Calabrian cherry pepper from Alewife Farm, the steaks drained well, coated on both sides with some homemade dried breadcrumbs, pan-grilled over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes on each side, tented with foil for at least a part of that time because of their thickness, removed to 2 plates, seasoned with Maldon salt, some of the juice of an organic lemon from Whole Foods Market squeezed on top, drizzled with a little olive oil, and sprinkled with micro sorrel from Two Guys from Woodbridge
The side dish began with some spectacularly-colored eggplant.
- eight or ten small Turkish eggplants from Norwich Meadows Farm, cut horizontally into 3 slices, mixed with a little olive oil, 2 finely-chopped Rocambole garlic cloves from Keith’s Farm, 6 or 8 pitted and halved Kalamata olives from Whole Foods Market, sea salt, and freshly-ground black pepper, pan-grilled on an enameled cast iron ribbed pan over a brisk flame, turning once or twice, sprinkled with chopped spearmint leaves from Stokes Farm, served on the plates and finished with a drizzle of olive oil
- torn pieces of an ‘everyday baguette’ from Hot Bread Kitchen
There was a small tomato salad served in small dishes on the side, which was included only because, while I was preparing the rest of the meal, Barry had noticed the largest of a small cache of heirlooms on the windowsill had begun to exude some of its goodness onto the surface.
- one beautifully-catfaced [I should definitely have photographed it] large orange heirloom tomato from Berried Treasures, cut into bite-size sections or wedges, served with olive oil, a bit of lemon juice, salt, pepper, chopped lovage from Keith’s Farm, and chopped parsley from S. & S.O. Farm
- the wine was an Italian (Sicily) white, Ippolito Vini Grillo 2016, from Manley’s Wine & Spirits, 35 8th Avenue
- the music was Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s 1685 chamber opera, ‘La Descente D’orphée’, in a performance by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants