Dangerously hot and humid weather is slated for the weekend. We will be at the Greenmarket with extra ice and a smaller amount of fish. Get there before the heat of the day as we are hoping to wrap up on the early side (12:30 for Tribeca, 2:00 for Brooklyn) and hit the air conditioning!
Luckily the middle of July is prime time at the farmers’ market. Here are some quick, no cook ideas for dinner when it’s too hot to turn on the stove.
Scallop Ceviche – Scallops and all ingredients except for citrus fruit can be found at the market. If you like to add fish to your ceviche, some good types to use are fluke, sea bass or striped bass. This dish needs 30 minutes to 2 hours to marinate in the refrigerator. Super citrusy and refreshing.
Tuna Tartare – Use yellowfin or albacore tuna; both are in season. Chop, mix with scallions and ginger, and you’re done. Other ideas to try are poke bowls or thinly sliced tuna for sashimi.
Smoked Fish Over Pasta – We will have smoked blue (finally, we have some fatty bluefish!), mackerel, swordfish and sand shark. Bring your choice of smoked fish to room temperature and shred it over pasta. Add a few chopped fresh herbs and some olive oil and you are done. Kids especially like this dish!
Oysters on the Half shell with Mignonette Sauce – If you or someone you love can manage to open the oysters, mix up a classic mignonette or a variation. I like this cucumber version; again, all ingredients can be found at the market.
Pair any of these ideas with a cold tomato or cucumber salad or a fresh green salad, and a cold glass of wine or beer. Dinner is done with a minimal amount of time spent in the kitchen!
All recipes (except the smoked fish with pasta) can be found in our seafood cookbook The Fisherman’s Wife: Sustainable Recipes and Salty Stories, available at the fish stand, or through www.bluemoonfish.com or on Amazon.
Thank you for supporting us every week but especially on days with difficult weather. I’m setting my alarm for 2:45 am to get up to help my husband load up extra ice!