A salad that is a feast for the eyes and palate composed in a snap. Halloumi cheese is unique among cheeses. It is lightly salted and retains its shape when exposed to high temperatures. A perfect partner for grilled vegetables. Halloumi cheese is available at specialty stores in the US. An acceptable substitute is the Mexican Queso Blanco or Queso Fresco which has similar qualities. It does not melt when fried or grilled.
This light, refreshing pasta salad can be made ahead without any loss of flavor, just make sure that the ratio pasta-veggies is balanced. The dish is easily transformed into a vegetarian fare by omitting the bacon rashers. A nice crusty bread and a chilled rosé are superb matches.
We had dinner in late March in a small B&B near Triora in the mountains of Liguria, about 1/2 hour drive northeast of Ventimiglia. We arrived rather late in the evening and Dona Guiseppa was kind enough to prepare this simple but very tasty dish. We had some of her red wine and the crusty bread from the local bakery – delicious!
A simple salad, refreshing and so typical of the Provence. This dish can be prepared one day ahead. Kept refrigerated it is served at room temperature, ideal for parties.
Choose your asparagus spears well and you will be rewarded. Look for spears that are firm and have a glossy green. Avoid any dry and wrinkled ones. Tips should be upright and green, not looking tired.
Serve on its own or as a side dish to grilled meats.
Romanesco is the little known member of the broccoli family. In my search how to prepare it, I soon realized that there were hardly any Romanesco recipes around, so I decided to create one. It turned out a delicious array of textures and a bright complement to your choice of roast meat. Great as a vegetarian option on its own.