The most refreshing salad

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We are in the middle of a heat wave. That was hot before that’s hard now. Here is a dish based on refreshing ingredients. I already told you the konnyaku noodles were ultra refreshing and another benefit is their fiber greatly helps digestion.

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Melon (Provence style). Itokonnyaku (aka shirataki, konnyaku noodles). Hot green chili peppers.

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Rinse longly the noodles. Add bits of chili pepper and raw ginger. Put in the fridge to get it very cold.

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Carve pearls of melon.

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Lay on the noddles. Add the juice that escaped.

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Serve very chilled. At the last minute, decorate with ribbons of basil and balsamico reduction.

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Red bell pepper falafels

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The falafel-mania is not over… Summer is just starting. Today with flashy red bell pepper.

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It’s a base of pasted soaked chick peas, with onion, green and red pepper additions. To texture it, I’ve used oatmeal. Pan-fried.

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Served them with grilled bread, shredded red cabbage, lemon, a little harissa and tahini sauce.

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Freshly made tahini (pasted sesame), that I dilute with lemon juice and a little water to make the sauce.

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Tahini sauce on the falafels and…

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…on the side-dish of red bell pepper and wakame flavored sashimi konnyaku.

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For dessert, green melon and a few drop this product that is a sweet reduction of balsamico vinegar. That magically enhances fruit flavor.
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Bubbles and bubbles, hot + cold appetizers

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Chilled verrines. And red cheddar gougères.
Appetizers, but this set could make a whole lunch.

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Simple classics, always appreciated.

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Wine fruit salad in honey dew cup


Fruit salad seems very simple but I’ve had some bad ones. It’s too often a way to waste good fruits with too much sugar. I didn’t want that.  

The market : the half of a honey dew melon that could have been sweeter, baby bananas, mikan oranges, basil.

Carving the cup.

Pouring red wine.

Cutting the fruits.

Mixing. And eating… Mmmm…

Matcha soba, shiso pesto and veg’ freshness…

We’re getting into the days when you want to eat raw, cold, green, light…

Zaru soba is baaack ! It’s green because it’s matcha (green tea) flavored.
Click here for the soba compilation.

They are the perfect complement for :
shiso pesto.

The leaves are called “salad celery”, they have a very mild celery taste, aftertaste… well, they bring mostly color and fibers. The new onions have been salted, let overnight, rinsed. And the pink cubes are watermelon. Lots of crunchiness.