I’ve prepared this dish before, and often, but this was the first time I included ramp fruit in the finish. It was wonderful twist on a favorite, introducing even more complexity to it, especially because it was paired with chopped lovage.
- a small duck breast from Pat LaFrieda at Eataly, the fatty side scored, rubbed with a mixture of salt, pepper, and a bit of sugar, left to rest for about half an hour before it was pan-fried, removed, cut into two servings, then finished with a sprinkling of ramp fruit from Berried Treasures which had just been heated in olive oil for a minute, some lemon juice, chopped lovage, also from Berried Treasures, then drizzled with olive oil
- zucchini trifolati, made with baby zucchini from Berried Treasures, heirloom tomatoes from Queens County Farm, fresh garlic from Berried Treasures, basil leaves pulled from plants of Full Bloom Market Garden, purchased at Whole Foods, torn, the preparation allowed to rest 15 minutes before serving with the duck
- the wine was a California white, Jim Olsen Fair Angel California 2012
- the music was Gluck’s ‘Orfeo & Euridice’, in a performance by René Jacobs, the Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra