Not that it’s far these days, what with the expedience of electronic-mail. This one’s courtesy of a dear friend in NYC who used to live on sliced bread and quartered apples and has since enlarged her culinary repertoire to include some of the below funky ingredients. Lucinda, hats off to you and the Big Apple. Please keep them coming.
I’ve had to take a little creative licence as she’s provided me, rather sparsely, with a list of ingredients.
Half an artichoke
A few kumquats (pickled and chopped in halves)*
Arrange 3 or 4 slices of halloumi for the grill, squeezing a little lemon juice and crushing some black pepper over them. Place under the grill for a few minutes until bubbling slightly and golden edged. Meanwhile, put a handful of fava, cannelini or broad beans into boiling, salted water for a few minutes until the skins come away. Drain and refresh them under a cold tap, popping off any loose skins if you don’t want them and adding the beans to a small bowl. Toss them well with fresh cut mint leaves and a generous glug of lemon oil (or lemon juice and olive oil, depending on what you have.) Roughly tear your prepared artichoke (pickled, grilled or roasted) onto a plate and add a few nuggets of the prepared kumquats / mango / pomegranate. Add the dressed beans and finish with halloumi.
*If you can find them in an Asian market over here. If not, I think just-ripe slivers of Mango or beads of pomegranate will replace the sweet, tart flavours well.