When life gives you lemons…part 1

April 30th, 2013


This past weekend one of my wonderful next door neighbor dropped off a beautiful Persian lemon from his tree.  He told me that he and and his wife always enjoy all of my recipes and he wanted to see what I would create with it.  It was one of the most gorgeous lemons I have ever seen (it was so large that at first I actually thought it was a grapefruit!) and SO fragrant.   I was so flattered that he brought me such an amazing piece of fruit, I knew I had to create something delicious.
I actually ended up creating three delicious things from this one amazing lemon.  Here are the first two dishes.  We started the meal with a delicious salad…


Baby Arugula with Parmesan, Lemon & Olive Oil 

  • 1 large bunch of baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Persian lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • pinch of fresh black pepper
  • hunk of good parmesan cheese

In a large salad bowl, combine lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.  Add the arugula and toss well.  Top with sheets of shaved parmesan (use a vegetable peeler for best results).


And then used a bit more of the fresh squeezed juice to make a marinade for the halibut…


Lemon, Rosemary Halibut

  • 2 6-ounce wild halibut filets
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped rosemary

Mix together, olive oil, wine, lemon juice and rosemary in a shallow dish – place the fish in the dish and marinate for 30 minutes or up to 1 hour (turning mid-way).

Heat up a outdoor grill or a grill pan to high heat, grill fish for 4-5 minutes on each side.


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