I have been a horrifically neglectful blogger. Quite honestly, we’ve been so busy the past few months that I have barely been in the kitchen, much less had time to pop a bottle of wine at night. Blog inspiration has been a little lacking!
But last night we fixed that with a Mother’s Day feast that got me all fired up for summer.
After getting home from a long bike ride with the kids around Houghton Pond (in which TJ apparently confused our family for a troupe of professional mountain bikers and took us up and down sheer rock face), I was ready for a shower with my favorite sidekick – a cold G&T. We haven’t yet stocked our bar with fun new gins for the spring and summer, but Hendricks – our fall back “house” gin – never disappoints.
TJ loves to grill and declares himself the master of the kitchen as soon as the propane gets delivered. I’m all for it – even if he’s essentially helpless in meal planning, prep and side dishes (but makes up for it in wine pairing and dish washing!!). But every little bit helps, and last night I was mighty glad he was around to stuff our whole red snappers with lime and cilantro. I can never bring myself to get too up close and personal with the inside of a fish.
After he stuffed the fish, TJ grilled them and then pulled the fish off the bone. I poured a cilantro and basil herb oil over the fish pieces for a little extra flavor. We served them with homemade pico, a lime/cumin yogurt, cabbage, avocado and hot sauce.
This was my first homemade pico of the spring, and as much as I try and tell myself that it doesn’t matter if I take the time to make it myself, it really does. Plus it’s so easy – small dice of tomatoes, red or white onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and salt – that it only takes a minute to make.
We paired this with the Aix rosé but honestly, these would have been perfect with your favorite summer beer, or a bright, fragrant white as well. Maybe even better!
Don’t forget that TJ and I are on Nantucket for the wine festival this weekend. TJ will be working lots of events including the Gala, the Opus One wine dinner and La Fete, and I’ll be hosting a reception at Follain Nantucket along with Farm & Fable on Friday from 3-5. If you’re on island too, please track us down!