Salade de tomates

Nothing says summer like fresh vine-ripened tomatoes. So, when a girlfriend offered some from her garden, I was thrilled to accept. This was the perfect opportunity to try a classic summer salad that I love, but have never prepared: a tomato salad. 

Refreshing, flavorful, and healthy, this quick and easy recipe comes from one of my favorite everyday French cooking websites and is absolutely perfect.

Step 1
  • Wash and quarter four tomatoes and place them in a bowl. 
  • Chop one half of a small red onion and add it to the bowl.
  • Chop ten stems of fresh cilantro, five stems of fresh chives and add them to the bowl. 
  • Carefully blend the ingredients. 
Step 2
  • In a separate bowl, prepare a vinaigrette by mixing one table spoon of olive oil and one table spoon of white vinegar, a dash of salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste. 
Step 3
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the tomato, onion, herb mixture. 
  • Blend carefully and serve. 
Bon appetit!


Happy Valentine's Day!

As a former English major, with a focus on medieval literature, I thought I share a bit of history on one of my favorite holidays....

Saint Valentine's Day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards  - known as "valentines". 

In Europe, Saint Valentine's keys are given to lovers as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart, as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine's Malady). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. 

Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.