Walking to the Friday farmers market, sunlight dancing on the waves of the Pacific and iconic Huntington Beach Pier as a backdrop, is one of the best perks of living where I do, besides the obvious: sun, surf, sand and laid-back beach culture that comes with living in Huntington Beach, the surf mecca of SoCal.
Kites make you smile (Kite Festival in March) The farmers market is here every Friday.
It’s a rather small market but diverse enough to pick up everything you need for a farm-fresh, no-fuss dinner special enough to kick off the weekend in style. I feel delightfully European as I talk to the fish vendor while scrutinizing the fish varieties, some filleted, some whole, and decide on a fresh whole Branzino from a deep cooler filled with ice. I meander down the lane and pick up a variety of squash – your choice of 4 for $1.00, a three pack of berries for $5.00 – two raspberry and one strawberry, and gather up a bouquet of colorful flowers to adorn the kitchen counter.
To prep the fish, I simply slice a lemon into thin rounds, stuff them inside the fish cavity along with some sprigs of parsley, basil or thyme, whichever I have on hand (this time it was parsley and thyme), lay lemons on top, then wrap with kitchen string so the lemons stay put when the fish is turned . Then wash and slice the squash, drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil mixed in with a favorite spice blend like Barrier Reef from Savory Spice Shop or Mrs. Dash’s Zesty Lime or Table Blend seasoning. We’ll grill the fish and the vegetables and dinner is plated before us within 30 minutes! Pour a bright Sauvignon Blanc and let the weekend begin