We have gone from very early spring to full summer here in Ohio in the course of a few days. Today was 78 degrees and humid, more like late June than late April. Since it felt like summer there was no reason not to eat like summer.
I marinated a fresh swordfish steak in olive oil, garlic, fresh rosemary and lemon peel for half an hour and the tossed it on a hot grill. There was some Kaljira rice (very, very small grain) that cooks quickly and some steamed asparagus.
While the food was cooking there was tall gin and tonic made with Tanqueray Rangpur gin. G&T may be one of the best parts of summer. For a wine I chilled down a Burgans 2006 Albarino. It is almost perfect with seafood. Tart and sharp on the nose with lots of grapefruit and other citrus. There was great citrus flavor with some underlying flowerniess and a long wonderful finish. The wine is a tremendous bargain at $13.
The fish was cooked to the rare side of medium and the smoke from the grill combined with the rosemary, garlic and lemon for a wonderful flavor. A little white pepper and a dusting of Malden sea salt when it came off the grill made it a wonderful meal. The asparagus was steamed to medium and then drizzled with a tiny bit of olive oil.
The sun was just setting and the bees were gone and it is too early for flies so we ate outside on the patio. It was a nice treat to eat outside and enjoy the weather. All in all it was a wonderful evening, topped off with one scoop of dark chocolate and orange gelato made locally by our upscale market.
Rain is forecast for late tonight and a front will be here Friday night so the weekend will be damp and cooler, with highs in the 60's. It may be the last weekend of the season for a big red wine.