I guess if Marketman or marketmanila.com could have a kitchen “icon”, it would almost certainly be a fishpan. :) Several weeks ago I was asked to prepare a few dishes for a beach shoot near our home in Nasugbu, Batangas. The emphasis was on tabletop plates, cutlery, accessories, fabrics, furnishings and not really the food. The original shoot date was cancelled due to stormy weather, but the next day, the skies were blue and the photos were taken in a record 4 hours flat. The copper fish pan in the photo above was a present from Sister many years ago, a purchase from a close-out sale at a Joel Robuchon restaurant (I think) in New York. The fish pan is massive, and is losing its tin lining and rusting. But it was the perfect vessel for this salt-baked lapu-lapu… I must say, the crew from Elle Decoration didn’t do too much to zhugge-up the dishes I prepared, but they look FAR BETTER on the glossy pages of the magazine than they did that morning!
The original plan called for a heaping platter of lobsters, crab, shrimp and other shellfish. But due to the storm, and other unforseen events, I only managed to get some crab and shrimp, that were served with three sauces on the side, a mignonette, a lemon dill mayonnaise and a classic red cocktail sauce.
Malipayon farms (Gejo’s) arugula and other herbs and microgreens and Toscana Farms’ tomatoes are featured prominently, and I managed to get the magazine to specifically state the farms/provedores, something I wish more and more food magazines would do, to bring attention to the folks who raise and sell the produce.
The article is beautifully photographed, and it includes three recipes that I wrote for the magazine, though regulars on this blog won’t find them earth-shattering or particularly unique. The rest of the magazine is of very high quality and a good read and fairly well priced at PHP200. Take a peek into the April issue if you want to see the full article. :)
Here’s an old photo of Marketman behind another fish pan, for an article in Rogue in 2009. :)