Wanted a quick, easy, and satisfying dish for lunch. Decided on hard-boiled eggs on a bed of garlic asparagus. Paired same with servings of summer’s sweet/juicy tomatoes and creamy avocado. Made sure to sprinkle with black pepper and pinch of salt.
With a few crispy whole-wheat crackers (not in pic) on side, lunch was served.
In my neck of the woods (So. Florida), the temperatures are climbing. Without a doubt, the calendar might say otherwise; but, the sizzling days of summer have arrived and so are the crispy corns of summer.
Decided to honor one of summer’s wholesome foods by grilling a couple corns on the cob.
As I removed the kernels, I had to pull myself away from the sweet and crispy treats. I nibbled on quite a few as they made their on the chopping board. These will be added into a warm bed of assorted veggies consisting of:
mini sweet peppers of assorted colors
Then, I will season with a pinch of salt and black pepper. I will make a slightly sour and sweet dressing made from honey and a splash of vinegar along with finely chopped parsley.
So, over the week-end, I went a tad naughty and indulged in dish atypical of my weekly diet. All roads led me to a Jamaican experience. Needed something tasty and a little salty. Knew what I had to do. Didn’t have to venture far. Had left-over pickled red herring in close sight in refrigerator.
Because the sodium content is high in pickled red herring, I made sure to extract same by repeatedly rinsing, boiling and soaking. After taste-testing, fish was simmered in: drizzle of coconut oil, sautéed onions, garlic, tomatoes, scotch bonnet peppers, crushed pimento, pinch of sugar, and splash of vinegar.
Served pickled red herring with a slightly sweet and sour sautéed cabbage with slices of nature’s butter (avocado). This gave a perfect balance to the pickled fish.
My palate and I were in a seafood kind of mood for supper. It was quite a delightful change to place a hold on the feathery one (chicken) and indulged in a light yet satisfying seafood meal.
On my last shopping trip I secured a couple Mahi mahi steaks. Mahi mahi are commonly known as dorado or dolphin fish; but, they’re no way related to dolphins. These are found in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide.
After seasoning with salt, black pepper and crushed garlic, I allowed them to sit for about half an hour. Remnants of garlic were removed and fish dried with paper towel. In a hot skillet, olive oil was added with a few sprigs of thyme. Steaks were pan-seared on both sides for approximately six minutes per side and set aside.
Chopped onions were then added to pan along with a pat of butter. Onions were softened and a splash of water and fresh squeeze of lemon to make up a butter/lemon sauce. Under low heat, steaks were added back to pan to soak up all the flavors. Steaks were topped with a few capers to finish.
I served pan-seared Mahi mahi with pan-roasted grape tomatoes, garlic-flavored asparagus spears, a slice of nature’s butter (avocado) and a herb rice.
Had a perfect plan. You see, in my mind’s eye, I had the ideal lunch. It was basically some left-overs from the week-end. I had previously roasted a couple of chicken breasts bone-in with a delicious grape sauce.
I devoured one and saved the other. So, I decided to have same this afternoon. However, there went my palate. You see, the weather in my neck of the woods (South Florida) has been all over the place. A couple of days of ago, it was in the 40’s (now, that’s winter for us here). Now, on this day, this beautiful day, it feels like summer; temperatures are close to eighty.
Like the weather, I couldn’t help myself I felt the urge to scrap my original plan and transformed my meal to a summer-like chicken salad. Thus, I grabbed my handy food processor and removed the flesh from the chicken bone. Then, I tossed same inside the processor and pulsed my way.
In a bowl, I combined parsley, a few grapes that were going ‘south’,but still had life. I also incorporated a dollop of sour cream along with a little light mayonnaise. Chopped chicken was added to bowl with a pinch of cracked black pepper and salt and a fresh squeeze of lime.
All ingredients were combined and served on toasted rye bread. In addition, I had some super sweet grape tomatoes on skewers. By the way, they were excellent buys. Got a bunch of them on sale for $1.50. For drink, I chugged down some home-made cranberry and ginger drink with a garnish of fresh mint. Oh, I was tempted to put a splash of vodka, but, changed my mind. Enough of the backpedaling.
Guys, as always, be kind to your loved ones as well as your beautiful palates.