It’s almost officially summer. Good thing about summer is the expectation that guests will come in and out unannounced, it amuses me. Better thing about summer is I get to go and do summery things (swimming, fishing, outing ). The best thing about summer (this summer) is that I discovered something magical. I won’t share, it’s got nothing to do with you anyway.
What I will share however is the myriad of food possibilities!
This first feature doesn’t scream summer but is a nice substitution to a heavy evening meal on special summer nights. Say, after a tiring walk on the beach on afternoon …
Salad with fried cheese (and optional boiled egg)
For the fried cheese
1 ½ cups Mixture of hard cheeses (cheddar, pecorino or our local quezo de bola)
2 cups Japanese breadcrumbs (panko) seasoned with
1 tsp each, dried rosemary and thyme
1 cup flour
1 pc egg, slightly whisked (add one more if necessary)
Oil, for deep frying
First, combine the cheese as evenly as you can Prepare batter station. Flour—egg—seasoned panko. Using a spoon, scoop the cheese and form a ball with your clean hands. Dip it in flour first coating evenly. Then dip it in the whisked egg, shaking off excess before covering the cheese ball with the seasoned panko. . It is important to at least freeze the cheese beforehand for easier handling and to prevent it from bursting when deep frying. Deep fry when needed.
Add to a bowl of arugula with basic vinaigrette or do as I did here. Iceberg lettuce, red radish, boiled egg, tomato and mustard vinaigrette dressing. (The mustard vinaigrette dressing recipe is in my other entry, just type “Batman” in the search bar on you right.)
Now here comes, summer snacks.
My melt in the mouth bichu-bichu (fried ground sticky rice coated in muscovado sugar)
By the way, I got my hands on these and didn’t know what to do with them. Later I realized I could’ve turned them into jam.