pollock, prosciuto, tomato, potato; Brussels sprouts


…plus that wonderful February surprise, baby leeks.


I was at the American Seafood stall in the Greenmarket, looking for something which I had not prepared recently, but also something which was not particularly expensive. Both conditions would be important last night, because once again a commitment would keep us away from the apartment for part of the evening and I wasn’t really going to have much time to make a dinner.

I feel compelled to say that the event was Cynthia Carr’s fascinating illustrated talk about David Wojnarowicz, at the Anthology Film Archives.

I had spotted the pollock fillets almost immediately.  I thought I could remember my earlier encounter with the fish had been a success, but I double checked by using my phone to look at our food blog (it’s actually why the site was created in the first place) before I made my choice.

This time I tried a treatment which was very different from my earlier outings with the great North American pollack.

  • smallish German Butterball potatoes from Mountain Sweet Berry Farm, parboiled in salted water until nearly cooked through, drained, steamed dry, halved, and spread in an oven pan with halved Backyard Farms Maine cocktail tomatoes from Whole Foods, both vegetables seasoned with salt and pepper, nestled with two 7-ounce pollock fillets from American Seafood seasoned and wrapped in four slices of Colameco’s prosciutto, the pan then scattered with one sliced baby leek from Rogowski Farm, and drizzled with olive oil [the recipe was basically that of Kate McCullough, via Jamie Oliver)
  • Brussels sprouts from from John D. Maderna Farm, tossed with salt, pepper, and some olive oil, and roasted in a 400º oven for about half an hour
  • the wine was a South African white, Bayten Sauvignan Blanc 2013