Located quite a distance from the 23rd parallel, my island is right there, through the living room, just beyond the French doors, and situated about two-thirds of the way from the wall in my humble kitchen.
This is the place where my fan club, my girls and the occasional guest, get to see the real me.
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Sunday Afternoon , on a lighter note
Thought I would whip up a few light ones today .
I had just purchased some fresh imported bufala mozzarella and it screamed out light summer fare. I also had some fresh Colombian farmers cheese along with a freshly homemade black beans. These ingredients were enough to make a few quick dishes. A classic Caprese salad with a twist, and something a little bit heartier.
Read along , I am sure you will approve.
Comino Basil Avocado Caprese Salad
Basil Avocado Caprese
Two twists here to this Italian classic. The addition of a few avocado chunks and the use of an emulsified basil-olive oil dressing. This extra creamniness counterbalanced the creaminess of the richer mozzarella. A few slices of ciabatta bread, and you are all set the the day, and perhaps, the eve.
Oh wait. Garnish with sliced strawberries, and get in touch with your more feminine side.
Comino Beans with Colombian Farmers Cheese
"Comino" Beans and Colombian Farmers Cheese
The beans were extra simple to make, especially considering that the base ingredient, the beans themselves, were precooked from scratch (you can cheat by using some canned ones, but remember to rinse the of their original starch). Toss the beans into a skillet, season with salt, black pepper, ground cumin - on the heavy side, if you like flavor - along with some EVOO. Cook the beans just a few minutes to ensure that the new flavors permeate. Plate intona rustic bowl, top with slices of Colombian farmers cheese.
So what's the perfect drink for these two fun dishes? Two tall glasses of Blue Moon did the trick for me. Stay tuned for tomorrow. After this past series of dishes, I predict that we might be switching to seafood for a while.
Yesterday , was one of those days where I just needed to recoup from a very intense stretch consulting work. Longer days than usual, and lots of New York Metro pressure than I would like on a daily basis. So, with the weatherman telling me that we would have some fairly nice outlooks for this weekend, I decided to spend less time playing with my computers. My plans included included resuming and catching up with some of my blogging.. You've seen some of that already . But my highlight for the day was for me and my Queen to head down to Chinatown in NYC. Our plans: do some food shopping , correction some "window" food shopping and course, just take in as much we could of the Chinatown scene. Given that Little Italy is also right next door to Chinatown, we would stop there too. If you do not know, Manhattan's Chinatown nowadays contently fuses with it's Italian neighbors. Great combo, isn't it ? I sure do think so.