There must be a million types of baby lettuce at the Union Square Greenmarket. Curly, straight, flat. Wild things. Earthy green, soft shades and darker colors. $10/pound. Don’t settle on one type, mix and match five types. Just enough for lunch.
Two stalls down on Union Square West, you’ll find PE & DD Seafood with fresh scallops. $17.95/pound. Eight pieces come out to just over a third of a pound. I take them home and pat the scallops dry. The three smallest scallops, I eat raw. Slice against the grain, two slices to a scallop. Squeeze a cut of lemon, then sprinkle on a bit salt. Eat standing up in the kitchen, best bites of the day.
The five larger ones I quickly sear. Melt butter, high heat, cook just 30 seconds on one side, maybe even less. 20 seconds? Plate with the lettuce. One crank of the pepper mill, a sprinkle of Maldon salt. Slice and devour. Only the outside is cooked, inside the scallops are rare and cool to the touch. Hope to be cooking lunches like this more often.