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 . . .