|a healthy assortment of vegetables at Maubert-Mutualité market in Paris|
This observation is a bit bizarre because when I eat in a restaurant, I am a devouée of the salade composée. I enjoy a plate of fresh fruit or vegetables wherever I go. I especially enjoy my greens with fish or chicken. My husband does not share my enthusiasm! Consequently, during the days of few restaurant outings, my diet has suffered.
|Cheese and chicken make this salad that I ate in Paris special. I like the way the cucumber formed a little bowl.|
Fortunately, I take food pictures whenever I travel without my friend Janet. She's a foodie and she always appreciates a vicarious meal. Looking back on my travel food pictures, I can pick up some ideas for creating some healthy and visually more appealing meals for moi-même.
|Seafood makes a salad elegant. We have a good seafood shop nearby.|
When I am in France or in Oaxaca, I shop in markets. The vendors are friendly and often give me a little extra "pour le plaisir" in Paris. At home, I order from Spud.ca for organic or specialty foods and cross the street to visit M. Safeway for the quotidian. No special smiles, no cheek kisses, no flirting. Shopping is a chore rather than a pleasure.
|This salad that I ate in Oaxaca has deeper colours and smokier flavours than my French salads.|
Do you remember the mixed salads of your childhood? Mine usually involved iceberg lettuce, cut up tomato, green onion and radishes. They were served in a wooden salad bowl. Each diner had a smaller wooden bowl which he/she filled according his/her taste and subsequently drowned in some kind of Kraft dressing. These salads were definitely not the main event.
I am determined to elevate my salads in the next few weeks. Thanks to my penchant for cookbooks and the availability of recipes on the Internet, I will have lots of choices for mes salades. The shopping is what it is and my 70+ husband is not going to change. I have decided to make one new salad each week for the month of July. Perhaps I will plan a picnic with friends and share one of my salads.
|Next week, there will be a special salad in this bowl.|