I think I hear someone calling me as I walk past my back door.
“Come on, baby,” my patio table calls in a sultry Barry White kinda way. “You know you been missin’ me. All them suppers inside can’t satisfy like I do”, it croons.
I close my eyes and smile as the memory of outdoor dinners by candlelight and starlight tantalizes me.
Before it got so infernally hot, that is.
“Soon,” I whisper.
Days pass. My patio table beckons me: “How long you gone make me wait, girl? You know you wanna be with me.”
Finally, the promised night comes. I count the hours, then minutes as twilight turns to darkness.
On the menu? Swordfish encrusted with sesame seed and thyme and topped with roasted peppers, shitake mushrooms, spaghetti squash.
3 tbs. EVOO
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
16 oz. swordfish loin
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 tbs. fresh or dried thyme leaves
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 450. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Mix lemon juice, oil and pepper in a bowl. Add fish and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour, turning occasionally.
- Meanwhile, combine sesame seeds and thyme in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle the fish with salt and coat evenly with the sesame seed mixture, covering the sides as well as the top. Transfer the fish to the prepared baking sheet and roast until just cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.
OK. Well, it tastes better than it looks.
My personal chef extraordinaire (AKA husband) concocted this delicious dish of shitake mushrooms. He’s not one for exact measurements or times, so here’s his rendition of how it’s done:
- Saute chopped shitake mushrooms and 1 chopped shallot in olive oil and butter. (amount: whatever you like.)
- Add salt, pepper and a dash of white wine at the end. (time: till wine evaporates.)
One of our favorite Fall foods? Spaghetti Squash. Cut in half, scoop out the seeds. Bake open side down in a pyrex dish with a little water at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Season with a little EVOO and salt & pepper to taste. Scrape out the squash with a fork and watch it magically become a delicious spaghetti texture.
We light the candles, turn on some tunes, but not too loud….we want to hear the symphony of crickets.
Friends venture out to say hello. Or steal our food. We’re not sure.
And as we bask in the perfect evening, an old song from the 70’s comes to mind: “Reunited and it feels so good.”
Hello, again, dear patio table…it’s been much too long.