This afternoon I harvested the first green beans from the garden. Just the thing to add to the potato salad a planned to make for dinner with new potatoes I picked up from the CSA on Saturday. As I stood there watering the garden I decided it was time to finally open the can of smoked trout I bought at Trader Joe’s a few months ago and didn’t know what to do with. Next time you go to Trader Joe’s pick up a few cans of smoked trout. Then you can make this delicious (if not very photogenic) salad, which is the perfect thing to eat for dinner on a 90 degree day.
Boil some halved or quartered new potatoes. I was surprised to find that mine were bright pink all the way through. During the last minute or so of cooking throw in a handful or two of green beans.
While the potatoes are cooking make a little vinaigrette with some white wine vinegar, grainy mustard, olive oil and salt and pepper. And maybe a little squeeze of lemon.
When the potatoes are tender but not mushy and the green beans are bright green but still a little crunchy drain them and run them under cold water for a minute or two. Toss the potatoes and beans with the vinaigrette and put them in the fridge for a little while to cool off a bit.
Meanwhile, finely chop a handful of chives and parsley and little lemon zest. When the potatoes have cooled down to more or less room temperature, drain a can of smoked trout and add it to the salad. Sprinkle the chopped herbs and zest over the top.
I always thought I hated fennel because I am vehemently anti-licorice. And yet every time I saw it in the store I wanted so badly to like it. It’s just so fresh and crunchy and delicious looking. A couple of weeks ago I saw the pile of fennel bulbs in the co-op, with their feathery little leaves, and I gave in. I brought my little fennel bulb home and decided to make a salad. As I chopped off the stalks I caught a whiff of that licoricey scent and thought, “Why did I buy this? I hate fennel!” But started slicing the bulb anyway, and I tasted a piece. And you know what? It really doesn’t taste like licorice at all. It tastes fresh and crunchy and delicious. Now I’m hooked. That night I ate an enormous pile of this salad. Two days later I made it again for a dinner party and it was a big hit. And I made it again last night. I can’t get enough of this stuff. Continue reading
Last Saturday I was cleaning up my kitchen when I spotted a jar of dried chickpeas. I absentmindedly threw some in a pot to soak without any kind of plan in mind as to what I would do about them. I sort of forgot about them until Sunday, when I noticed the pot still sitting on the stove. I still didn’t have a plan, but then I remembered the jars of preserved lemons that were just about ready to be opened up. Continue reading
This past Saturday I made a trip to the Union Square Greenmarket for the first time in a while and things are looking good. What’s there are mostly the standard winter holdovers, but even the onions looked 100 times better than the tired looking ones in the supermarket. There were some definite signs that spring is here. My favorite mesclun greens are back! I brought home a nice big bag of tiny shoots and leaves. They’re so flavorful they hardly need any dressing. Continue reading