Thursday, June 25, 2009

Too busy to cook, but still...

Busy busy week at work and no time to cook (and no lust for cooking either, since I've spent the last ten days designing, baking and eating fancy dishes to celebrate my 30th - oops ! - birthday).
But still, it's time I posted a few recipes on this blog. Let's start VERY simply.

Quick cooked vegetables salad (for all the girls who hate the heavy-belly sensation you get when eating too much raw vegetables...)

Serving : 1

1 yellow or orange pepper
1 cup brocoli
1 cup cauliflower
1 clove of garlic, peeled and squashed
I oeuf mollet (boil an egg for 6mn maximum, enough for the white to be firm and for the yolk to remain runny)
Dressing : 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, salt

Rinse and dry the pepper, put it in oven (medium heat) and forget about it until the skin starts turning brown and swells. Leave it cool and remove the skin. Remove the seeds and cut the pepper into small squares.
Steam together the brocoli and cauliflower until tender, or to your taste (I personnaly like them very tender, almost melty...).
Mix the vegetables together and add garlic and dressing.
Delicately put the egg on top of the salad. Enjoy.

Easy and refreshing cuncumber soup (a summer alternative to your usual gaspacho)

Serving 1

1/2 cucumber
1/2 cup cold vegetable broth (preferably organic)
10 mint leaves
Salt and pepper

Peel cucumber and cut it in pieces. Blend it with broth, mint leaves and seasoning. Put in refrigerator for a couple of hours and serve with whole grain bread (check the "pain nordique" at the Grande Epicerie if you live in Paris, it's surprisingly delicious).