Saturday, May 31, 2008

Delicious Lunch Today.

I decided to make a nice accompaniment for the leftover polenta.
Here are my ingredients:
freshly cooked black beans
a can of corn (Wish I had fresh.)
red onion
jalapeno
cucumber
tomato
cilantro
mint

For my dressing, I have:
2 limes
2 garlic cloves
salt and pepper
olive oil




I minced the jalapeno, cilantro, and mint,
finely diced the onion, cucumber, and tomato, and added them all together with the beans and corn.

Isn't this pretty?











For the dressing, I minced the garlic, added it to the juice of 2 limes, then slowly poured in the olive oil (I used Bertolli's Extra Light.), whisking, until I had about 1 cup of dressing. And I also added maybe 2 teaspoons of sugar to cut the tartness of the limes.










Pour the dressing over the salad.















Toss.












I sauteed some more pieces of polenta and added the corn/bean salad for a delicious combination. I liked that you could taste all the flavors in the salad. Not one overpowered. Just a lovely fusion of flavors.

Notice I said you could taste all the flavors, unlike Aunt Sandy, who apparently can see all the flavors. I was watching Semi Ho this morning, and caught her saying that yet again. Daughter Hawthorne was also watching, so I asked her could she see the flavors. Very matter of factly, she responded, "Of course I can see flavors, Mama. I can smell colors, too." Nose in the air, sniffing the room, she announced she smelled "burnt sienna."

3 comments:

xmaskatie said...

Note to Mr. Hawthorne: If it tastes just like chicken, ask to see the head or at least a chicken foot.
My mom got us once with frog legs. I should have known when I saw her frying up the "chicken" legs, since she was allergic to chix & eggs, but hey, I was only 9.
Thanks Rosie for the fun recaps, just catching up tonight.

xmaskatie said...

revised previous post re: ozzie-like: should have said, "...swallowing colors of the sounds I hear..."
but "smelling all the colors" works too, in my opinion.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Ozzie said that?
I missed it.

And frog legs don't taste like chicken. They taste like FROGS.

Same with alligators. They do NOT taste like chicken. They taste like SWAMP CRITTERS.