I've been wanting to put something like this on the menu for a long time. It's a variation on a meal that I would frequently see folks eating in Portugal- poached fish, lots of olive oil, freshly cooked veggies and eggs. This meal is so simple, yet when it's sourced right and with very fresh ingredients, it's delicious- and healthy.
We're poaching and chilling Alaskan Halibut (our favorite white fish) and serving it over heirloom beans that are grown just up the road at Pacific Star Gardens. Local dried beans have been hard to find so when I discovered them by accident at the farm I bought all they had without any idea what I'd do with them (this type of purchase happens very often with me). I cooked some off and tried them and wow! So much flavor and wonderful texture- never thought there would be such a difference in dried beans- Now I understand why UC Davis is working so hard to preserve these heirloom varieties.
On tasting these wonderful beans the rest of the plate came together easily- the poached, chilled halibut, the olive oil, the hard-cooked local eggs, lots of parsley, sweet onion, and a little avocado and heirloom tomatoes for color and texture.
Can't think of a better meal to eat during these hot summer days.