Springtime Grilling

I love being outside, especially in the evening, before it gets too hot, so I thought I would fired up the grill. It was perfect out, not too hot, not too humid, a light breeze and a concert serenade by a trio of fly-by starlings, a couple of tree frogs and a firefly or two. When I say fire up the grill, I mean with real wood. No charcoal for me, thank you very much. I love the smell and pop of real logs, catching fire and burning down to glowing embers. Dinner was whole flounder, with swiss chard, kale, asparagus, herbs and an onion, immediately harvested from my garden. I layered the veggies and fish in the grill basket, and when the fire was a perfect bed of glowing embers, I put the fish on, skin side down first. It cooked with the lid on for 15 minutes, then a quick turn and another 10 minutes. Perfection! It was really hard not to eat it through the grill lid, because it smelled so good. When I was finally able to start eating, it wasn’t long before it was gone. Best dinner, maybe ever!

Freshly pulled onion

Freshly pulled onion

Greens, asparagus, herbs and onion with salt, pepper and a little olive oil

Greens, asparagus, herbs and onion with salt, pepper and a little olive oil

Flounder and veggies in the basket, ready to go

Flounder and veggies in the basket, ready to go

Wood fire, almost ready for fish

Wood fire, almost ready for fish

Skin side done, just a few more minutes...

Skin side done, just a few more minutes…

Done! Time to plate

Done! Time to plate

Ready to dig in!

Ready to dig in!

All gone! Wow, delicious!

All gone! Wow, delicious!


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