We’re leaving for Los Angeles in a few days, so I’ve been putting more simple meals than usual on the table, and working with whatever fresh ingredients we have on hand before we go. Consequently this pairing was at least partly an accident, although it seemed more like a brilliant inspiration once we sat down to try it.
- one swordfish steak (13.5 ounces) from American Seafood Company picked up the same afternoon at Chelsea’s Down to Earth Farmers Market on 23rd Street, halved vertically, marinated on an ironstone platter for a little more than half an hour, turning once, in a mixture of olive oil, a tablespoon of fresh torn peppermint from Keith’s Farm, a small amount, chopped, of an aji rico pepper (medium spicy/hot) from Alewife Farm, and the white sections, chopped section of 2 very small scallion from Berried Treasures Farm, after which the swordfish was drained well, both sides covered with a coating of homemade dried breadcrumbs, pan-grilled over medium-high heat for 3 or 4 minutes on each side, or until just barely fully cooked all of the way through (think of the texture of a fresh good cheesecake), removed from the pan and arranged on 2 plates, sprinkled with a little Maldon sea salt, some of the chopped green parts of the scallions, and drizzled with a bit of juice from a Whole Foods Market organic lemon squeezed, garnished with purple micro radish from Windfall Farms
- a very cool, sort of sweet-sour fresh green salsa assembled from half a pound of tiny, mostly tart, green tomatoes from Berried Treasures Farm, halved; a bit of peperoncino Calabresi secchia from Buon Italia; a portion of one finely chopped aji dulce (sweet) pepper from Eckerton Hill Farm; one small sliced and chopped red onion from Quarton Farm; a little turbinado sugar; a pinch of sea salt; some scissored garlic chives from Echo Creek Farm in the Saturday Chelsea Farmers Market (through December on the north sidewalk of 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues); and some chopped lovage from Two Guys from Woodbridge
- the wine was an Italian (Marche) white, Le Salse, Verdicchio di Matelica, 2016, from Flatiron Wines
- the music was a new recording of Monteverdi’s ‘Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria’, John Eliot Gardiner conducting the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir in a live recording from The National Forum of Music in Wrocław