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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

corner view: best kept secret



the weather here has been a bit of a rollercoaster these past few weeks, some days we had rain and sunshine and temperatures ranging from between 18°C and 28°C all in one day. last weekend i was sick but had to work, and took that cloudscape photo on my way home. i'm feeling much better now, but somehow the clouds in my mind don't really want to blow away. and being in a bad mood is something that's not typical for me at all. heyho, it'll pass.

as to my best kept secret, well, i'm not sure i have many. but i do really like to cook. preferably for many people. and my favourite thing ever is using fresh ingredients from a farmer's market, as well as making sauces and dressings. so maybe i'll let you in on my raspberry vinaigrette secret. does that count? i like it with seasonal greens, ideally tender ones or a good mix of green leaves, herbs and edible flowers. in winter, it's delicious with lamb's lettuce and apple slices, caramelised in brown sugar. and of course some fresh bread.

raspberry vinaigrette
(enough for several servings)*
take a table spoon full (or two) of fresh or frozen raspberries and mash them up gently with a fork
add a tea spoon of dijon mustard and stir well
add a little water, some white balsamic vinegar and stir well
add in some fairly liquid honey, salt and freshly ground pepper and stir well
add a generous amount of good, but not too overpoweringly strong olive oil, stir well
taste and see if you need to top up any of the ingredients, you should be able to taste the raspberries and end up with a slightly sweet yet tart dressing

* stored in the fridge in a small screw-top jar, this dressing will easily keep for a week (if you can manage to make it last that long) 

for more corner view secrets and revelations visit jane at spain daily. corner view will take a summer break in august - back in september! regular blogging here will go on though, so feel free to drop in, i'd be delighted!

p.s.: since i don't have a picture of my raspberry vinaigrette i'm sneakily trying to get away with some tomatoes i saw at a market in france two weeks ago. generally, i can tell the difference between raspberries and tomatoes... 

23 comments:

ibb said...

Thank your sharing your cooking secrets.
And try to blow a bit of air to make clouds away. Sometimes is difficult, but you must try.

Cris Siqueira said...

thanks for sharing your recipe!!

:)

jane said...

this recipe sounds great. plus love the suggestions! chin up sweet kristina! besos!

Cam said...

This CV has certainly made me the hungriest! :)

Looks like it will be yummy! Thanks for passing it on!

Kari said...

thanks for the recipe. Will have to try this one!

Cabrizette said...

Mmm i will try your recipe !!! I hope you're feeling better now... I send you lots of friendly ; )

Ritva said...

all the best to you!
thank you for sharing!
hugs

Francesca said...

Oh, I wish I would also like to cook for many people, perhaps your secret recipe will work the trick!

caitlin said...

These pictures! And a great recipe to boot? Great post :)

Bonnie said...

that last statement cracked me up ! generally i can tell the difference ...

too funny !

great raspberries, uh, i mean ... tomatoes !

Ida Nielsen said...

Sounds yummy!! And you did have me a little confused with the raspberry/tomato picture...haha ;-)

Jodi said...

oh yum. thanks for sharing!

Polly said...

I've never heard of raspberry vinaigrette so it definitely counts! delicious...

Joyce said...

Thanks for the recipe! I already copied it down to give it a try. Shhh... Wasn't the photo of large raspberries? smile. Hugs...xoxo

Cate said...

both photos are gorgeous, but i would love to have that last one hanging on my wall. the colors are exquisite... we just had orange cherry tomatoes for dinner last night btw (yum!) raspberries would have been beautiful there, too.

and, i would love to try your vinaigrette. it's a little past raspberry season, but i think i could find some frozen ones that would do. merci!

Jeannette said...

Welcome to the dark side. ;)
No, just kidding. I´ve been a real bad bad blogger the last week sbecause of my dark mood and things are getting better. So there is hope for us!
I didn´t even read the comments and just saw yours. We certainly should meet and be moody toghether. Mark would be so grateful! ;)
Big hug, Jeannette

MODsquad said...

Love that tomato shot! Sounds super yummy!

jen said...

that tomato photo is gorgeous!

parisa mahmoudi said...

Happy to find your blog!
Love the second shot!So great! :)

la ninja said...

hooray, another fab recipe, this c.v. is a goldmine!
love the fact you're not only getting away with tomatoes instead of raspberries but that you manage to do it in a rather graceful manner too :)

epe said...

mmm, sounds delicious!

n a t s u m i said...

We have lots of rain here too. Hot and humid..
These photos are beautiful! My tomatoes are ready to eat. Thank you for the recipe!

Have a great weekend. ox

bferry said...

i think this photos together are great.

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