We have been trying to eat more vegetables lately and I thought I would share two of the salads that we like based on our travels. I love Indian food, goat cheese and lentils, This recipe has two out of three. In Europe, it is really hard to find kidney beans, while lentils are readily available. I actually made chili one night with lentils, which by the way was delicious. As a result, Lisa is always on the lookout for lentil recipes. She found the salad shown above in Real Simple magazine. It tastes as good as it looks, I really like the combination of lentils and barley, the barley actually tastes like Israeli couscous with fewer calories. Here is the recipie, serves four:
There are a lot of open air markets in Paris but this one on Avenue President Wilson, just down from the Trocadero is said to be one of the largest. This market is technically in the 16th arrondissement, but so close to the 7th that everyone from the neighborhood shops there. The market is open Wednesday and Saturday mornings, from about 7:30 to about 1:30. If you are coming from the left bank, walk across the Alma bridge and turn slightly left up Avenue de President Wilson – you can't miss the white trucks which have brought wines, cheeses, oils, spices, breads, meats and flowers from the country, parked on the street. Similarly, if you get tired of the Eiffel tower, go up to the Trocadero and turn right on Avenue President Wilson.
In a previous post, I mentioned that I had bought some fresh haricot a ecosser (cranberry shelling beans) and that I was going to make a salad with them. In the US we don't usually get them fresh, usually they are dried, canned or frozen. I started with about a 1 cup of haricot a ecosser, and put them in lightly salted boiling water for about 30 minutes, until they were cooked but still firm. I drained them and put them aside. I then blanched a handful of green beans (about 3-4 minutes in the same water) and drained those. While those were cooking, I sautéed two shallots and two cloves of garlic in about 1/4 stick of butter. I then tossed in the beans as seen above, and added the zest of 1/2 lemon and about 1/8 cup slivered green almonds. I cooked for about 5 minutes and put them in the refrigerator to chill.
While those were chilling, I sautéed 2 additionaI shallots and cloves of garlic in olive oil. I took about 1/2 kilo of fresh lamb that I got from the local butcher and threw those into the pan with olive oil, salt and pepper to brown. I added two teaspoons of herbs de Provence, a liberal amount of fresh cilantro cut by chiffinade and the remaining zest from the lemon. When they were close to done, I added the juice from 1/4 lemon, took the chilled bean salad out and used 1/4 lemon juice on that as well.
The final result is seen above. This is a really easy dish to make and pretty yummy. This is meant for two people, although I had some bean salad left over. You can use other kinds of beans and even add asparagus and/or cherry tomatoes if you like. Try to get firm beans if you can, I think Garbonzo beans would be good. You don't have to use green almonds, I had them and the taste is very nice. The cold and crisp green beans with the al dente cranberry beans are really good, especially on a hot day (we had it with cold beer). Make the recipe even larger and take it to a potluck picnic.
We were leaving the Louvre the other day after a hard morning of reviewing Mesopotamian and Egyptian artifacts and decided to stop just outside the Louvre at Cafe Ruc. It looked nice and we were hungry.
We ordered a salad to start, I have to say this was one of the most tasty salads I have had for a while, with snap peas, haricot vert, Lima beans and asparagus with a lemon, vinaigrette dressing. Lisa reminded me to mention that in France, the entre is the appetizer, while Le Plat is the main course.
We saw the people next to us getting the shrimp curry so we ordered it, four big prawns in a very mild curry, sort of like mussman curry. We have noticed that all the French food is very mild, no heat and muted flavors. They have very fresh ingredients and like to let them shine through.
Lisa had the gazpacho and as is the usual in France, the accompaniments were on the side. You see gazpacho on a lot of menus and it is invariably good.
The server was a nice girl who spoke English and was very nice, despite the crowds of people coming by, you might try eating here.
We decided to go out for lunch yesterday, to a restaurant near us, La Gare, built in a previous railroad station (hence the name). It is a lovely little building on 19 Chaussee de la Muette. We thought it would be small, but the building is used only for the bar and the restaurant is down some stairs behind and is quite large.