I love to buy food seasonally because it makes whatever is in season feel like it’s a treat. I found blood oranges at the market today. For some reason they taste like cranberries sweetened with orange juice to me. I adore them. And though I eat them out of hand, I also love to use the juice of a whole blood orange to poach salmon in.
The stars lined up today because I had salmon in the fridge and fresh thyme. And now I had the blood orange. I used a citrus reamer to squeeze the juice—and as an added bonus, it scraped some of the pulp in. I thinned the juice out ever so slightly with some vegetable broth then put in the fish, basted the salmon, and put some fresh thyme on it. Then I let it poach, covered, until the fish was done.
The bunch of asparagus in the fridge also got steamed. After a sprinkle of salt and cracked black pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, and a large squeeze of lemon, I piled my plate with veggies and fish.
Needless to say, I ate very slowly, savoring every bite. I mean, who knows when the stars will align again? (Ha! Soon, I bet…)