My wife has a great palate. My wife is a real picky eater, too (though she does eat almost anything and try most anything with notable exceptions like licorice, fennel, cumin, cilantro, hot peppers, curry, risotto, coriander, and the list goes on…

Tonight I gave her three dishes (yes, I got to eat, too).

Crudo of Hamachi with Yuzu Vinaigrette

Nice, thin slices of this fatty yellowtail fish done sashimi style, drizzled with fleur de sel and a quick douse of lemon and Yuzu juice, olive oil, and a garnish of Thai basil. The marinade was pleasant and fragrant but I misjudged how much to apply and the hamachi flavor was lost. The basil as well was so strong as to obscure the hamachi. Next time a bit less.


Cured Watermelon Crudo with Thyme

Whoa, Crudo again? Well, let’s all get over it. Two cups of watermelon chilled with a couple of teaspoons of salt, then thyme and olive oil. Simple, moderately refreshing. Wifey liked it, I thought it was reasonably good.


Mustard Seed Potatoes with Pickled Shallots and Dill

Big surprise. Wifey absolutely loved this–and she’s not a big potato fan–or mashed anyway. “Maybe the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had!” she squealed (you haven’t lived till you’ve heard her squeal).

Picture mashed potatoes with dry mustard seed, Dijon mustard, a small squirt of mayonnaise, and dressed with some quick pickled sliced shallots and a touch of dill. Very good.