Well it is still too hot to actually cook anything, so I am taking full advantage of these ‘salad days’ and losing a few pounds along the way, I need too as I have two weeks of pasta and pizza looming in the shape of a holiday in Tuscany. We usually holiday in France or Greece, where the food is a lot lighter and has considerably less carbs – in fact at home we hardly eat any carbohydrates, as it is just not the French way.
When in Greece lunch normally consists of a lovely fresh Greek salad, complete with feta cheese. In France we have ‘fromage du brebis’ which is very similar in taste and appearance to Feta – maybe a little lest salty.
Anyone who has seen the film (or one woman play) ‘Shirley Valentine’ will remember the scene with Shirley tucking into a Greek salad alone at the water’s edge. Shirley Valentine was written by my extraordinarily talented former English teacher, the now world renowned author and playwright, Willy Russell. He once described me as ‘The poet of the school’, so it is probably no surprise that I am a writer (albeit FAR less famous and talented than he!)
As I cannot take my lunch at a little table next to the sea ‘a la Shirley’, I will have to content myself with a little table next to my bedroom window offering a tantalizing little glimpse of the river – Ah and a little ouzo just to get me in the right mood………
¼ of a block of Feta cheese
Chopped lettuce (I used a battave for its crispness and rich colour)
¼ of a cucumber
1 large tomato cut into 8
3-4 onion rings
1-2 green pepper rings
1-2 red pepper rings
3-4 black olives
A good glug of olive oil (I used Olivier & Co. olive oil with mint)
A sprinkling of dried oregano
Simply ‘toss’ the lettuce with some of the olive oil and lemon juice.
Add the cucumber, tomato and olives
Add the cheese and sprinkle with the oregano and remaining olive oil
Garnish with the onion and pepper rings