This evening we made Chicken Breasts or Swordfish Steaks with Raw Puttanesca Sauce and Roasted Capers with chicken. We agreed that the meal probably would have been considerably better with swordfish, but it wasn’t just the chicken element that was disappointing. Essentially this meal consists of a charred piece of bread with garlic and olive oil rubbed into the surface, a fried chicken breast with lemon juice, and a raw onion and tomato salad. And let’s not forget the capers on top, the very same capers which have been oven-roasted at 400?. Because that’s not a pointless waste of energy at all.
The puttanesca was not made with anchovies, so really it seemed more like a tomato salad. Tomatoes, garlic, onion and parsley were all chopped, mixed in a bowl, treated with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. Whilst this wasn’t the worst thing that I have ever tasted, it was certainly one of the ones that tasted the most strongly of raw onions and garlic. Not exactly a winner. The overall meal did taste better than the individual elements, if that makes sense, but it was nothing to write home about. At all.