The weather decides when the backyard personal garden goes in. In my area, the fear of frost is over and we can break ground and get those tomato plants in, which is what I consider the most important plant to get going. Gardening is not one of my favorite things to do, but there is no better summer treat than a warm backyard tomato. Every now and then, I bring up things I think are important enough to be repeated, such as the glory of Tellicherry black pepper and how critical it is to not overcook fish. If you don’t want to be reminded, skip down to the recipes.
Tellicherry black pepper is the royalty of pepper. Grown on the Malabar Coast of India, the soil and altitude conditions are perfect to produce a complex flavor that makes common peppers taste like saw dust. Yes, I am a fan. Both salt and pepper are flavor enhancers. If you sprinkle Tellicherry pepper on French Vanilla ice cream it magnifies the flavor immensely. No joke or exaggeration.
Don’t overcook the fish! It is the most common mistake with fish and shellfish. With finfish, a loose rule of thumb is 7 minutes per inch of thickness. Rarely do you get a piece of fish an inch thick, so most fish cook in less than 7 minutes. The thin cod fillet cooks in a flash.