Salads are in. On their own or as a side dish, they are at the order ofthe day. It is summer, says the weather! This courgette salad couldn’t be easier or more delicious. It has ingredients that everybody loves, is in season and takes almost no time in preparing.
- Wash and slice 3 courgettes in sizes of your choice. Place in an ovenproof dish, drizzle liberally with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh thyme and bake at 180 degrees C for about 30 minutes. Leave aside to cool down completely.
- Arrange some salad leaves of your choice onto a plate. Add the cold courgette mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with crumbled feta, dry roasted pine nuts and serve with a balsamic vinaigrette.
- Serve with grilled chicken.
Serves 4 people
Pinch of salt:
- Add chopped spring onions to the salad.
- Add a handful of chopped mint to the salad and omit the thyme.
- Replace the courgettes with asparagus.
- Add some cooked sliced chicken for a complete meal.
A mushroom velouté is just what we need for the month of november. I used the ordinary champignon de Paris, the button mushroom, but the bolet from Bordeaux also makes an excellent velouté for a special evening since it is rather on the expensive side. If you are looking for a quick and inexpensive, but still delicious meal, this soup is it. It tastes of earth and forest and spectacular colours.
- 1 large onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- olive oil
- 500 g champignon de Paris(button mushrooms)
- 500 ml chicken stock (or vegetable stock for a vegetarian option)
- 3Tsbp créme fraîche or thick cream
- grated nutmeg
- fresh thyme
- Peel and slice the onion. Peel and cut the garlic. Sauté the onion and garlic in a pot in some olive oil until translucent. Take care not to burn the garlic.
- Clean and slice the mushrooms and add to the onions.
- Add the chicken stock and thyme leaves and simmer for 30 minutes until the mushrooms are tender.
- Remove from the heat and mix with an electric blender until smooth.
- Add the cream and stir through. Season to taste with salt and pepper and grated nutmeg.
- Place back on heat and simmer on low heat for another 5- 10 minutes.
- Serve hot with toasted wholewheat country bread.
- Fry some coppa italian ham and serve on top of the soup.
- Keep some mushrooms aside and fry to serve on top of the soup.
- Replace the button mushrooms with cépes mushrooms (porcini mushrooms). Keep some aside and fry to serve on top with chopped fresh italian parsley.
Serves 4 people
Two mushrooms, oil on board, 15x15cm
November is still a beautiful month where all the leaves hang on for the last show of autumn. Greens and ochres and siennas come together in a magnificent explosion against bright and dark skies. Winds blow, the mist hang low in the valleys and heavy skies are preparing for winter rains. It is the month to store away garden furniture, bring fragile plants indoors and light evening fires. November is not really autumn any more, but it is not yet winter. It is whatever you want it to be.