Monday, May 9, 2011


Eastside Road, May 9, 2011—
NOTHING NEW HERE, you'll say; every day there's a green salad. But look at this marvelous dinner salad L. came up with tonight!
First of all, a bed of lettuce leaves, from a head we bought in Healdsburg at the farmers' market on Saturday — from the Kiff farm. We were both immediately struck by these big, blowsy, perfect heads of butter lettuce, tinged with a hint of dark red: big floppy tender leaves, satin-smooth and delicious. I washed the leaves from one head on Sunday and rolled them up in a dishtowel which was then put into a plastic bag and set in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator; it'll keep for days.

Then on top of the lettuce that salad L. invented yesterday: tiny asparagus, scapes, favas, and the white of leek chopped fine (garlic scapes, not ramps, as I incorrectly wrote yesterday), tonight with a can of succulent chunky tuna added. A springtime Niçoise, you might say: who needs tomato, anyway?

With the salad, as you see,a couple of slices of toast, treated to olive oil and good salt from the Île de Ré.
Cheap Soave

No comments: