…of the cook book!
“Can we have a week of eating lightly and no wine?”
The guests have flown, the book is launched, the sun has come out–seems a perfect time.
We’ll start today.
Lunch: A modest Salade Niçoise for two….
Cherry tomatoes–halved; a couple of anchovy fillets–halved; a hard boiled egg–halved; sprinkling of green beans–cooked to tender; black olives (niçoise if possible); half a cucumber seeded and diced; a spring onion thinly sliced and a tin of good tuna packed in olive oil–drained–all arranged on a small bed of salad leaves (heresy to some natives of Nice, who claim the authentic version has no salad leaves!)
Dressing: a few torn basil leaves and a couple of fat cloves of garlic, crushed to a pulp with a pinch of salt and whisked into three tablespoons of good olive oil.
Dinner: a salmon fillet each–cooked in a pan on the lowest heat, skin side down and with no oil.
When they start to change colour at the base, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and cover the pan.
They are done when little beads of white juice emerges from the top.
A simply cooked seasonal vegetable (Green beans? Grilled/roast halved tomatoes? Grilled courgettes/zucchini?) would go well plus a quartered lemon.
(Both these recipes from Delicious Dishes for Diabetics–a Mediterranean Way Eating.)