It’s been hot in Philly this week, so we decided to go for a light, easy and healthy meal. This one’s really very simple.
We got swordfish steaks from Trader Joe’s. I rubbed them with Chinese five-spice powder. (Those are cinnamon, cloves, anise, nutmeg and mace– all ‘warm’ spices.) Then we grilled them over hardwood charcoal for four minutes on each side. We also had some nice ripe local cherry tomatoes, so Joe skewered those and added them to the grill. As a side dish, we also made our two leftover aloo ki-tikiya (potato patties) in the cast iron pan.
I was very happy with this dish– swordfish is a robust fish that can take some spices without getting overwhelmed, and the warm spices were especially delicious on the charred grill-mark bits. The spiced skin was also crispy and delicious. And the tomatoes were really ripe and juicy. Good, simple summer food.
Also, I just got a tip from a friend about something that combines good food with a good cause– Playgrounds for Palestine, a charity group that sells Palestinian olive oil. As their site puts it,
The majority of Palestinian farmers use traditional methods in caring for the olive tree. Palestinian olive oil is mostly organic, naturally extra virgin, not processed. The Palestine Fair Trade program supports and encourages the traditional caring methods which produce the highest quality oil and best flavor. The program does not accept oil other than from the indigenous tree under natural care.
Olive oil connoisseurs around the world favor Palestinian olive oil. It offers full flavor texture that is very tasty. While Italy is one of the highest producers of olive oil, Italian olive oil connoisseurs are among the highest European importers of Palestinian olive oil.
And the money goes to build playgrounds for children in the Occupied Territories. The olive oil is currently only available in the Philadelphia area, but they plan to offer nationwide shipping next month.