Our Sunday morning ritual of browsing around the Bastille market was all the more exciting yesterday because 1) we rode bikes! my second-ever bike ride in Paris on the tutti-frutti electric sea-foam colored bicycle and 2) we happened upon a very exciting and not-so-commonly-found-in-Paris vegetable.
Although a close relative of the zucchini, this summer squash, has a far more delicate flavor and serves as a great vegetable pairing for fish. I have seen them most often at organic farmers markets in the US during the summer months where they are generally a buttery yellow hue. These patîssons were white, and had a much more subtle flavor than their American counterparts.
Once cubed, I tossed them with a little extra virgin olive oil, a couple of grinds of my lavender sea salt, and some finely ground white pepper (note: black pepper has far too dominating a taste for this dish) before setting them in a skillet over a medium-high flame. Once tender and slightly browned, I tossed in some chopped flat-leaf parsely and rough chopped shallots for extra flavor.
But the meal wasn't complete without the protein, 2 lovely daurade grises, a white fish akin to sea bream. Lighty salted, stuffed with parsely and shallots then pan fried in 1 tablespoon of butter for 4 minutes on each side, and voilà
Conseils du Chef: when eating whole fish, never forget the little cheek, the most tender, succulent part of the fish....