Dorie has a bit of information at the end of this week's recipe in reference to "piment d'espelette". I did not realize that these chile peppers were from the Pays Basque region of France, but it brought back memories of Hubby and I driving through this beautiful area and seeing all the bright red peppers hanging everywhere. It was quite a sight.
I remember the little town of Bidart and having a cafe creme while sitting under rows of drying garlic and ham curing in the sunlight. I thought I would share the above photo that we had taken back then, not too good, but the peppers still stand out clearly.
When Tricia and I were in Blois, France recently, we came across the weekly food market that had about 125 vendors. One of the tables(above) had a display of piment d'espelette that I found interesting.
This week's recipe was an absolute winner in our house. I have not tasted Swordfish in many years and after getting over the sticker shock, I decided we should really eat it more frequently, it is so good. I followed all the directions for a change, aside from the fact that I cut the recipe in half. I added baby frisee to the parsley to top off the dish. Fresh corn from the local farm made this a delightful combination that we truly enjoyed.
This week I also decided to do a "make-up" recipe for the wheat berry and tuna dish. I have used wheat berry before, but it was used in the Italian Easter wheat pie that includes sugar, eggs and ricotta cheese. I just loved this tuna rendition. The texture of the wheat berry and the addition of apple, onion, celery and pepper is so good. After adding the egg and avocado to it, I had a delicious lunch. Hubby was not impressed. More for me to enjoy ~
I managed to make this dish, but remain firmly behind on all other aspects of life, due in part to the wonderful recent vacation. Thanks for the great comments about us sharing photos and be warned, I have been wading through tons of pictures each night. I hoped to get them linked to this post but didn't make it. My fingers are crossed for next week. Consider yourselves warned :)
|A purchase on the recent trip at our favorite "souvenir" shop in the Loire Valley - the local grocery store !|
|Do the labeled tupperwares look familiar ? Yup- Nana provided me everything except the|
Swordfish, know it was a hectic week. How could I not make this one ? And how lucky am I :)
Since Nana raved about how good it was, I sprung for one big one and we all taste tested. This is the first time my fingers were crossed that the family WOULDN'T like it :) But they did. Luckily, since they will not be getting it anytime in the near future (if ever) they all agreed that the marinade was fabulous and would like to see it on other fish as all. That, I can do ~
Happy French Friday !