Friday, July 19, 2013

FFWD - Mediterranean Swordfish sans Frilly Herb Salad



It's Friday again - I am glad to have made it.  Highlights of this week were enjoying a Mad Mex beef burrito and a Corona with Tim before seeing a free screening of Before Midnight courtesy of Mimco, going to an excellent talk on Social Media and the Law at one of the law firms,  and enjoying a single caramel dome chocolate from Ganache Chocolate as a lunchtime treat.

Friday also means French Fridays with Dorie, and this week, our recipe is Mediterranean Swordfish with (or in my case, without) Frilly Herb Salad.

 I have never had swordfish before, and can't even remember seeing it at the supermarket.  Accordingly, after a visit to the dentist, I walked up to swanky Hawksburn Village to see if I could buy some there - I figure that the cashed up end of town would be more likely to have swordfish than anywhere else.  Sure enough, I found my swordfish - at $5.10 per 100g. Ouch!  Needless to say, I only bought one swordfish steak for the princely sum of $10.20.

In the end, although this was a pricey dine at home option, I found the marinated swordfish, cooked until just opaque, to be absolutely delicious.  It sure beats the rubbery flake option that I sometimes indulge in at home.  The fish had a delicate flavour  complemented by the lightly spiced marinade, and it melted in your mouth.  Fabulous!

There was no way I was going to spend about $9 on herbs to make a salad that I didn't really want in the middle of winter, so I went the more traditional route of fish and chips. The chips were so so because they have been living in my freezer for quite a long time, but they plumped out the meal.  If they had been fresher, I think that this upmarket fish and chips would have been totally grouse. 

To see what the other Doristas thought of this week's pick, visit the LYL section of the website.

Finally, I wish you a lovely weekend, and share the following video with you, with a message that I need to remember:


15 comments:

yummychunklet said...

I like the fish and chips version you made!

Cher Rockwell said...

Ha! Fish and chips. All you needed was the malt vinegar :-)

Have a great weekend.

Mardi Michels said...

Yes this was expensive, huh? I loved the dish but next time might make it again with a different (less expensive) fish or even chicken. I love your crinkle cut chips - remind me of my childhood :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I've never cooked swordfish but it used to be on all the restaurant menus in the 90s! That is expensive though!

Kathy said...

Sounds like a busy time for you!
Love the way you served your swordfish…with the fries(chips)! Your dinner looks wonderfully yummy! We really enjoyed this meal! Enjoy your weekend!

Liz Berg said...

I just closed my eyes and handed our fish monger my credit card! Glad you enjoyed!

Guyla said...

Pricey fish and chips! But it looks delicious. I don't blame you for not wanting to spend the money for fresh herbs. I try to manage my FF expense too. Luckily for me its summer and the garden is producing plenty of herbs so it was just $12.99 a pound for the fish!

KarenP said...

We didn't care for the frilly herb salad, so I don't think you missed anything by skipping it. My swordfish was expensive too, but I'm glad I tried it! You have a nice weekend, too.

Diane Balch said...

It is definitely a once in a while fish. Your price would have been considered a bargain for where I live. Glad you got to try it.

Betsy said...

Fish and chips sound great! Try the herb salad in the summertime, though. It was lovely. (Thanks for sharing the video, great message!)

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Quite an intriguing choice - pairing swordfish and chips but it looks wonderful and I am glad to read that you really enjoyed this recipe!

Trevor Sis Boom said...

Chips are ALWAYS appropriate and yeah, I would have LOVED to pay as little as you did with your princely sum for this fish. The price is what will keep me from having it again immediately. Alas, I will savor the memory.

Patty Price said...

I'm so glad you liked it and with fries instead of frilly salad-good work ;)

Jora said...

I don't think you missed much by skipping the salad. Your chips looks delicious!

Kayte said...

You make several good points, the pricey items being one of them for sure, that is why I sometimes think I don't want to make a recipe...just too pricey or out of season or something not everyone will eat. You are always such a trooper about all of that! It looks and sounds delicious.