This dish came through on a chilly autumn day when I was feeling like some fresh chili peppers would serve me right. Having a bag of fresh mussels in the fridge, i scanned the pantry for a few perfect accompaniments and quickly put the dish together in my head.
We eat a lot of eggs here. From chickens to fish, any way we can get more eggs into our diet the better. Several times a year I stock up on flounder roe, available locally, freshly frozen, and for a fair price too. There are many preparations I adore, but non as much as pan fried, which gives the outside a nice crunch to complement the soft textured interior.
I've recently fallen in love with preserved lemons and have been incorporating them into my meals as much as possible. If you've never had preserved lemons before, they are best described as mildly tart, but intensely lemony. As the salt draws out the tartness, it enhances the lemon flavor which combines well to traditional African or Indian meals where it is commonly used.
For the past month our kitchen has seen a lot of small, oily fish. With the onset of spring, our diet sees a natural shift. As storage vegetables run low, so do our cravings for red meat and slow cooked preparations. To assist our cravings for lighter meals and simple sources of proteins, Camille and I have been adding in a lot of sardines and other canned fish to the mix.
I love making updated and upgraded versions of childhood classic dishes. This recipe was always made by my father and he and myself were usually the only ones in my family who would eat this Italian seafood salad. This dish was always made for Christmas and if I was lucky, he'd add a can of chopped conch, or as we called it, "scungheel".