Zucchini and Hazelnut Salad

This recipe is from Yotam Ottolenghi’s book Plenty. The combination of grilled zucchini, hazelnuts and Parmesan is really lovely. I don’t have purple basil in my herb garden, so I simply substituted with some mixed green lettuce.

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Burrata and Heirloom Tomatoes

If you start with good ingredients, dinner often makes itself. Tonight, I simply sliced some beautiful heirloom tomatoes and arranged on a platter around a large ball of burrata, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkled with torn basil leaves, gray sea salt and a little black pepper. I served with freshly baked bread.

Smoked Salmon Salad with Edible Flowers

I recently learned about Ecopia Farms, a farm in Campbell, CA that grows and delivers artisan lettuces, petite herbs and microgreens, edible flowers and other speciality items. This evening, I used their flowers to accent a smoked salmon salad. I simply topped the salmon slices with arugula, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkled with Maldon sea salt, and garnished with flowers.