This frazzled accountant is grateful to the FFwD powers-that-be for choosing the easiest, quickest, tastiest recipe for this week. During the first week of every month, it’s crunch-time at work. I won’t bore you with the details of what I do, but let’s just say that once the Thursday night arrives, I’m sick of twelve hour weekdays and cooking is the last thing on my mind. If you follow me on Twitter, you must have also read about my refrigerator’s down time during the long weekend. That did not help my cause at all.
(On the brighter side, the weekend events inspired me to research about food safety, the eternal dilemma on the shelf life of leftovers, and what to do if the compressor in your refrigerator dies out – or if the technician forgets to plug it into its computer’s motherboard in their Friday visit, leaving you with no working refrigerator until Tuesday. I’m baffled thinking why refrigerators even need to have motherboards inside.)
Beautiful sockeye salmon filet
I barely made this recipe yesterday. After leaving the office, I stopped by Costco to purchase a few things for a casual dinner party with close friends ths weekend (Dorie’s short ribs redux!) and couldn’t help picking up a fresh, wild-caught sockeye salmon filet. Costco changed its policy on fish sourcing earlier this year to avoid endangered species, and to increase its offerings of wild caught varieties. I couldn’t have been happier about it. Wild caught sockeye is in the thumbs-up section of the Monterey Bay Acquarium’s Seafood Watch! I love the dramatic red color – which later blended in with the seared tomatoes. I used regular tomato slices, as that was what I had on hand, and tons of basil fresh rosemary, and lemon zest. The best part – as Dorie herself notes – was the minimal cleanup.
We paired this simple dinner with a well-deserved glass of chilled Torrontés – my favorite white wine at the time. Grown in Argentina, Torrontés is delicately fruity (think pink grapefruit) and dry enough to cut through the fatty fish. We had an Altavista but I like the Susana Balbo version too.