Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Simple arugula salad



When I was at the Farmer's Market on Sunday, I also picked up a bunch of fresh arugula. Have to say that Manhattan is not cheap - a bunch of arugula (enough for a salad to feed two) cost me $4.50! No wonder a salad costs $10 and upwards in the fancy restaurants.

I was watching Emeril on Friday night when he showed a really simple salad with arugula that looked simpley delicious. Take a clove of garlic and coarsely chop it. Put the chopped garlic in a glass salad bowl, add a tablespoon of Dijon mustard, a few splashes of red wine vinegar and some glugs of extra virgin olive oil. I like to throw in some sea salt and freshly ground pepper as well before whisking it all together with a fork. Then add the arugula and dress well. Garnish with freshly shaved parmesan. Perfect with a glass of chilled Chablis.

I have to say that Manhattan has made me appreciate food and wine much more than I did in the Bay Area. Perhaps it has to do with living so close to the Farmer's Market and Whole Foods, not to mention the many wonderful gourmet food stores in the West Village.

I feel the tide slowly turning in favour of the Big Apple . . .

3 Comments:

Blogger gs said...

had you lived in frisco and not in redwood city,you would surely have enjoyed the wide variety of food and wine which the bay area offers.you had to spend a lot of time commuting every day,almost 2 to 3 hours if there was a traffic jam.where was the time available for such noble pursuits.but now there is a total change.you live 5 minutes away from your office.you have all the time in the world for your favourite pastimes.life is a trade-off.

12:22 PM  
Blogger gs said...

many yeras ago,i visited a small town in france called dijon.does the mustard you refer to have any connection with this sleepy town?.and some more pictures of fresh arugula?

9:24 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

dad,

here's a link to some origins of mustard including a reference to dijon, france:

http://www.moutarde-de-meaux.com/en/histo-origine-moutarde.php

i'll take more pictures of arugula when i am at the farmer's market next week.

11:36 PM  

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