This week we were scheduled to cook Mediterranean Sworfisd with Frilly Herb Salad for French Fridays with Dorie. but since my husband does not eat fish i cooked Mediterranean Chicken instead....
which wasn't a great idea. though i had rationed out the quantity of lemon juice, we both felt that the lemony taste was overpowering. I skipped the frilly salad too. just plated the chicken over Lemon Pesto Pilaf, spooned a side of Provençal tomatoes and finished with a garnish of coriander... frankly speaking had it not been for the pilaf we would have ended up feeling rather hungry that day.
I have never tasted swordfish so i have no clue if i will enjoy the original recipe... but gaging from the reviews of the other Doristas, I feel i must have missed out on something good. perhaps i'll try the original recipe when my parents or in-laws are here (they are big fish-eaters !) and update the review then.
as for the Provençal tomatoes, i quite liked it. i think it will make a great side with any fish recipe. but true to my Bengali genes, i'll probably fry the roasted tomatoes with some coriander next time and turn the dish into a rather Bengali one.
now the pilaf which saved the day was a spur-of-the-moment-creation. Dorie had suggested Lemon-Barley Pilaf. I had planned to make a simple Lemon Rice instead and then decided to add some homemade basil pesto and a squeeze of lemon to the rice. the result was really nice. though i do not have a "measured" recipe for the pilaf, the following will give you a rough outline of what i did...
Lemon Pesto Pilaf
what i did
* i use this recipe with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese instead of the measures given
though i did not mind the rice at room temperature, husband preferred it slightly warm. also i felt the pilaf would go very well with Chicken Piccatta.
Being a member of french fridays with Dorie, i cannot publish the original recipe in the blog. You can however find the Swordfish recipe in the Orange County Register and a version of the Provençal tomatoes in post-gazette.com. For many more delicious recipes such as this one order your copies of Around the French Table from Amazon or from The Book Depository and join us as we cook our way through the book.
I'll be sharing the pilaf recipe at the following weekly parties....
Monday Food: Marvelous Mondays @ This Gal Cooks, Meatless Monday @Veggie Mama's, Meatless Monday My Sweet and Savory, Just Another Meatless Monday @ Hey What's for Dinner Mom, Melt in your Mouth Mondays, Mop It Up Monday, Mealtime Monday, Recipe Sharing Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, Maniac Monday Linky Party
Tuesday Food: Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ Premeditated Leftovers, Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box, Tasteful Tuesday Party @ Nap Time Creations Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays @ SS& GS, Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home, Tasty Tuesday @ 33 Shades of Green, Tuesday Talent Show @ Chef in Training, Hand Made Tuesday @ Ladybug Blessings, Share it Link Party @ Winthrop Chronicles
Thursday Food : Link it Up Thursday @ Seven Alive, Fantastic Thursday @ Three Little Chiefs, Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity, Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch, Freedom Friday @ My Turn, Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Friday Food: Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple, Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home, Foodie Friday @ Not Your Ordinary Recipes, Friday Favorite Finds @ Finding Joy in my Kitchen, Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm , Friday Food Fight @ Run DMT, Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss Friday Food Frenzy @ Mostly Food and Crafts , Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club, The Weekend re-Treat @The Best Blog Recipes