I was shopping at Whole Foods yesterday and was excited to see red snapper for sale. Red snapper is that beautiful fish with a white underbelly and coral tail whose back looks as if someone had loaded a paintbrush with deep coral and pink pigments and splattered it at random. Not too long ago I watched someone scale and clean this fish on the beach, the shorn scales scattered across the water, iridescent in the bright sunshine.
I am going to cook it in a coconut curry sauce with a bit of lime juice for sparkle, a dash of turmeric for that golden color. In Jamaica I had the snapper with bammy, a flatbread made with cassava. But tonight I’ll stick with something I know better, probably Jasmine rice. For a vegetable? I don’t know yet, I’ll have to see what feels right as I plot and plan my meal all day.
I can’t wait for dinner tonight, to share that flavor memory with my husband.