A taste of summer on a cold winter’s day

What a week! I’m not sure if I can actually remember what the sun looks like or what it feels like to be completely dry.

Last weekend when the grey, rainy days started, I convinced myself that a summery salad would somehow help make the day feel less like winter.

It didn’t work. Not at all. Probably because I made it while staying in the coldest house on earth (parent palace).

It was delicious though so I shall share the recipie.

Guy Grossi’s Panzanella from my Italian Food Safari cookbook

15cm of stale sourdough baguette, ripped into bite sized pieces
3 vine ripened tomatoes, diced
1/2 red onion, finely sliced
Handful of basil leaves
Handful of flat leaf parsley, shredded
Freshly ground pepper
2 & 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 & 1/2 tablespoons of aged balsamic vinegar

1) Toast the bread in a 180 degree oven until dry and lightly covered. Leave to cool.

2) Combine the bread, tomato and onion in a bowl. Tear over the basil leaves and add the parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with the oil and vinegar and toss thoroughly before serving.

This salad is pretty much like the Italian version of fattosh. It was positively bursting with the freshness of tomato and basil! Perhaps next time though I’ll make it when the weather is more than 10 degrees. In the mean time, I’ll stick to soup.

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