|Clockwise --sheep's milk cheese, cornichons, olives, taramasalata, octopus, anchovies with roasted peppers. Japanese rice crackers at center.|
|Anchovies wrapped in roasted red peppers.|
Hummus is another no-recipe component of summer feast. All one needs to make it is garbanzos, garlic, lemon juice and tahini. Mash the lot together, et voila, something far superior to the pallid thing that passes for hummus at the supermarket. Tinned octopus served marinated with slivers of preserved lemons and paper-thin slices of red onions, a small tin of wasabi almonds, olives, rice crackers, bagel, and taro chips, cubes of herbed feta, salad greens, a baguette and cornichons make this meal of feast.
Here at the village there is an abundance of cherries, plums and peaches, but the last time when I had appetizers for dinner, recently, a fresh watermelon donated by our friend Sally's husband, Jimmy rounded up the meal splendidly.
I am in the throes of designing a webzine and I am trying to catch up with book reviews for my book blog. These days, the less time I spend in the kitchen, the better.