People often ask how often I cook for myself (or others) and the answer is: every single day, but it doesn’t have to be a gourmet 5-course meal. I get inspired by my travels and visiting with friends and their favorite local vendors and markets. Recently, I was dazzled by the scents and colors of the Santa Barbara Farmers Market. Fresh Lavender, Sungold Tomatoes, Cranberry Beans, White Peaches, Purple Onions, and more inspired an impromptu get together at the beach. First, we headed to the Santa Barbara Fish Market where we picked up fresh Santa Barbara uni (we couldn’t help cracking one open on the spot and scooping out the fresh, sweet roe) and a whole black cod, “the Darth Vader of the Sea”, as my friend Myles described. .
We wrapped peaches in prosciutto di Parma and tossed up a few salads while Darth got warmed up on the grill.
Here are three salads I made up, using produce from local dairies and farmers:
1) heirloom tomatoes, spring onions, feta cheese, cucumbers, mint, and basil, olive oil
2) cranberry beans, cilantro, green garlic, jalapeño, olive oil and lemon
3) New potatoes, lots of fresh dill, spring onion, creme fraiche, and yogurt
Everyone brought something and no one was stressed about having a perfect and elaborate dish, my recipe for simple, summer entertaining at its best!
What’s your go-to recipe for an impromptu get-together?