It is a funny summer this year- Hot Hot weather except in Sydney where it has been raining endlessly, severe bushfires in three or four states, thunderstorms making the weather very humid, and on the hot and windy days, trees already dropping their leaves.
Yet summer eating does not change. Salads and simple foods are best.
Tomato Salad with Sumac and Basil
Classic, easy and much loved. Choose the best tomatoes, Roma if you can, and slice or halve if they are small. Layer with sliced bocconcini, drizzle with the best extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and sumac. Finish with torn basil leaves.
Large Bocconcini Balls with Pomegranate Molasses
Take a large bocconcini ball, plait (trecce) or similar, and tear it open, spreading it out onto a plate. Scatter over diced tomatoes and cucumber and sliced spring onion (the small ones, called scallion in the US). Drizzle over the best extra virgin olive oil and pomegranate molasses and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Semi Dried Tomatoes Platter
Take some shop-bought or home made semi dried tomatoes and serve with basil, cracked pepper and extra virgin olive oil. You can add black olives, chargrilled eggplant, capsicum and zucchini slices and/or artichoke hearts.
Take one or more eggplants, slice lengthwise with skin still on, coat thinly with oil and fry or chargrill them until cooked. Layer them with sliced fetta or goat cheese, slices of tomato, black pepper and torn basil leaves. Finish with another slice of eggplant. Place the sandwiches on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and heat for 15 mins at 190C. Serve with a little more olive oil and basil.
Using summer berries, mangoes or stone fruits in your salad dressings is delicious. Simply whizz them up in the blender with oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. Add herbs if you wish.
Asparagus and Fennel
Serve with a simple vinaigrette, some preserved lemon and parmesan cheese. Or serve with melted butter and parmesan cheese. Grind black pepper over all. Fennel can be dotted with cheese and served with olive oil.
Grains, Pasta, Lentils etc
Don’t forget that bulk can be added to a meal by tossing cold pasta, grains such as burghul, lentils such as green mung beans, with sliced salad vegetables, olives, chargrilled vegetables, roasted vegetables, herbs, preserved lemons etc etc to make delicious salads.
Makes excellent salads with herbs, spices and vegetables tossed through.
Roasted or Steamed Vegetables
Dressed simply, these make excellent salads.
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