Friday, August 28, 2009
It is funny how summer comes and goes so quickly.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Isaac was able to play at the beach for a while before the sunset. We had a great time. Isaac was one cheerful strong little man, moving heavy rocks around. He even ran up to the life guard tower visiting the life guard on duty.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
In California, fresh beets are basically available all year round. Since I made roast beets salad last time, I am going to make no-cook version using raw beets.
Raw beet salad on baby greens
- 3 beets, peel and cut into matchstick or use food processor to roughly shred them
- 1 shallot, minced
- extra virgin olive oil
- red wine vinegar
- some dijon mustrard, salt, and pepper to taste
- toss everything together with fresh dill
* you can serve this by itself or with baby greens salad. It is a perfect side dish for grilled flank steak or any grilled red meat too.
Peach in chantilly cream with Grand Marnier
Peaches are gorgeous this year too. Again,...another no-cook recipe.
- sliced peaches, 8 segments per peach
- heavy cream, whip to soft peak and fold in grand marnier to taste
Enjoy your summer!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
It's always exciting to check out new varieties of heirloom tomatoes at the Farmers Market. Before reaching my hand to the sample platters, it's already a feast for my eyes. When you are picking tomatoes, try to trust your nose too. Tomatoes grew in a field tend to have more taste and frangrant. In general, the darker the color (dark red to purplish red), the stronger the flavor. Orange and yellow tomatoes are usually sweeter like fruits. Green ones are usually crisp and acidic. It's a hot summer this year and of course I am going to use these juicy delicious tomatoes for salad (no cooking needed). My perfect summer salad is a good mix of tomatoes in different colors. Nothing fancy, just add freshly grounded sea salt and black pepper and drizzle them with olive oil.
I'm now heading out for a wedding in downtown LA. Will post other goodies from the market when I come back. Have a nice weekend everybody!
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Arizona Ave and 2nd St: 8:30am - 1:30pm, every Wednesday
Arizona Ave & 3rd: 8:30am - 1:30pm, every Wednesday
Saturday, August 1, 2009