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I’m so excited about Law and Author, the fifth book in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries which is coming out next month, that I had to share the yummy barbecue my characters share in the second chapter. Okay, it’s not totally the same. I didn’t find fresh Bass so I bought some Perch instead. I’ve never tried it but thought, why not now.
And since my fictional book club, the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society shares these taste treats, what better way to highlight the dishes then with my own writing group, The Ladies Killing Circle at our annual writing retreat at Joan Boswell’s fab summer place at Lake of Bays in the Muskokas in Ontario.
For the record, we weren’t all present but joining in the wining and dining were Mary Jane Maffini (aka Victoria Abbott), Joan Boswell with her furry friends, Lacy, Barlow and Nina, plus Barbara Fradkin and the frisky Kenzie and Eva. Five dogs, four peeps. Hmmmm.
The fish was pretty basic BBQ using olive oil, black pepper and a pinch of salt. Grill three to four minutes each side.
What makes this special is the Citrus Salsa that’s served with it and that’s the recipe I’m sharing today. I made the salsa verde from scratch but couldn’t find any tomatillas, so substituted green pepper. I also used Himalayan salt, something I’ve become attached to lately.
It’s a refreshing treat with a bit of zip, for a hot day. Enjoy!
1 pink grapefruit
1 orange (a medium size navel works best)
1 tsp. chopped cilantro
¼ c. salsa verde
Segment the citrus fruit – remove white pith, then hold fruit over medium bowl, removing the fruit from the membrane. Squeeze remaining segments to get all the juice. Stir in Himalayan salt, cilanto and salsa verde. Serve this beside or under the fish.
In a parallel life Erika Chase is also known as Linda Wiken. A former mystery bookstore owner, she is also a short story writer and a member of The Ladies' Killing Circle. She has been short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award, Best Short Story, from Crime Writers of Canada. The big news is that next year, she has a new cozy mystery series – the Culinary Cookbook Mysteries coming out. It’s about a cookbook supper club but that’s all I’m telling for now!
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