A few weeks ago Martine and I asked the man who will be our butcher if there are any good poissoneries over here in Longueuil. To my surprise, he recommended the fish counters at the IGA supermarkets. Not only is the fish there good and fresh, he said, but they prepare some interesting fish combinations, often in the form of rolled tournedos. (Tournedos is a French cut of beef tenderloin, but in these crazy days of beef alternatives, the moniker is applied to any puck-shaped piece of protein. Here in language-silly Montreal, the name is sometimes translated into English as “tornadoes.”)
Despite the question of whether or not one should ask one’s butcher about fish, we went to check it out. Indeed, the fish counter at the IGA at Place Longueuil is quite impressive — at least as supermarket fish counters go. And indeed, they had a number of fish combo tournedos on hand, all wrapped and ready to go. We grabbed a couple of nice ones comprised of sole wrapped in some kind of green leaf then wrapped again in salmon and tied together with string. They were each about four or five inches across and an inch thick — perfect for the barbeque!
At home I fired up the grill. I started by roasting a red and a yellow bell pepper and a couple of small portabella mushrooms. In the meantime, Martine was preparing some tomato-basil couscous. Then I put the tournedos on the grill and slapped on a teriyaki-ginger glaze and let it cook for about three or four minutes per side on medium heat.
It all came together very nicely. The fish was perfectly grilled and glazy on the outside, and pink and moist on the inside. The grilled veggies were sublime, as usual, and the couscous was fluffy and zingy from the addition of a drizzle of pepper oil.
Not bad for an after-work supper slapped together in about 30 minutes!