Light please

By Mélanie, on Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wow. I did not see that coming! I was so concerned with my first post, taking many pictures, that I did not imagine the following would cause any trouble. I mean, I have many recipes to share! So the only problem I could have would be to choose one!

Well, it doesn’t work that way… For the past few weeks, I have been trying to take pictures of the cakes I made. Except that, with this rule of “I can never be happy with the result of what I did” (yeah, I know, I’ve really got to do something about this one!), I faced two problems. Either the cake looked beautiful, but tasted just… ok (it’s got sugar in it, by definition, it cannot taste bad!), either it was good, but the pictures were horrible. “Why care?” could you say, “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover”. But they were really ugly. Like, you would never have tried the recipe!

I needed some inspiration. And while thinking of this, I started to prepare my dinner. Summer has finally arrived in Paris, with more than 10 days of sunshine and hot weather, and salads are just the nicest way to celebrate this. Just smelling the odour of fresh tomatoes or basil reminds me of holidays and keeps my mood high. Plus, it just fits with the “I’ll be in a bikini at the beach in exactly one week” thought. (Which is not bad either). I had some cherry tomatoes on the balcony, added them to the haricots verts and corn, and voilà!

And this evening, eating this salad was like a flash of lightening. Why hasn’t anybody told me before that corn tastes so good with green beans?!? I did not know that! [Feel my indignation...]. So maybe you were aware of this fact, but if not, I will not be to blame for keeping the secret :

Haricot vert and corn summer salad
for 2

½ pound green beans
1 cup corn kernels (either fresh, shaved from the cob, or in a can)
1 cup cherry tomatoes half a romaine lettuce
2 oz. feta or goat cheese
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp shallot, finely diced
1 Tbsp basil, chopped
salt & pepper

To prepare dressing, combine oil, vinegar, mustard and shallot, stirring with a whisk. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the beans in boiling water, about 7 minutes. Drain and plunge in ice water to stop the cooking, then drain.
Place beans in a large bowl. Add torn romaine leaves, corn, feta and tomatoes. Drizzle with dressing.

Salade d'été aux haricots vert et au maïs
pour 2

250g de haricots verts
1 demi romaine
1 petite boite de mais
Une quinzaine de tomates cerises
50 g de feta émiettée

3 cuillères à soupe d'huile d'olive
2 cuillères à soupe de vinaigre de vin rouge
1 cuillère à café de moutarde
1 cuillère à soupe d'échalote finement émincée
1 cuillère à soupe de basilic ciselé
Sel et poivre

Préparez la vinaigrette en émulsionnant l'huile, le vinaigre et la moutarde. Rajoutez l'échalote et le basilic. Salez et poivrez à votre goût.

Faites cuire les haricots verts dans l'eau bouillante, environ 7 minutes à partir de la reprise d'ébullition. Egouttez les et passez les sous l'eau froide pour stopper la cuisson.
Dans un grand bol, mélangez les feuilles de salade, les haricots, le maïs, les tomates et la feta, et ajoutez la vinaigrette.

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