Basic everyday stuff

I love a kitchen gadget. Leave me alone for five minutes in a hardware store, and I´ll have bought something silly I´ll never use, like a mezzaluna, or a garlic grating credit card, or an odd looking boiled-egg-top slicer.

There are worse habits, I guess. And some of the things are a lot of fun, even if I´ll never ever use them.I´ve never actually sifted any flour with the flour sifter, but it makes a clickety clack noise that guarantees instant annoyance for anyone within earshot.

Then there´s the kind of thing that has no glamour, costs practically nothing, and you´ll use every day, all your life. Like this grater.

It´s in constant use ever since I saw José Andrés grating tomatoes for sofrito on his show. What a brainwave! Never again the blanching or peeling of tomatoes. Or , more likely, the sifting pieces of tomato skin out of sauces. Good ´un.

In summer it comes into play a lot to grate carrots for my favourite salad.Not very exciting, like the grater, but very useful when the thought of lighting a match seems like too much effort. Or when I need something refreshing to lighten up a slice of pizza.

Quantities are for a bowl for one, or a side salad for two.

1 big ripe beautiful summer tomato
1 cucumber
2 smallish carrots

oil, vinegar, salt, lots of pepper, pinch of cumin

That says it all, more or less, but I like to do this in this order:

First, the cucumber, peeled and either cubed in small pieces, or sliced very thin goes into the bowl with the salt. Then the tomato, cut into wedges directly over the bowl so not one drop is lost. Then the carrots are peeled and grated.
It doesn´t need a lot of oil, a mere splash will do, because the tomato and the cucumber will make a lot of juice. Be generous with the vinegar, and go crazy with the black pepper. Cumin is optional.

By far the best thing of all is to drink all the peppery juice that collects at the bottom of the bowl. I know, bad bad manners, but try it.

9 comentarios:

Guru dijo...

I am a kitchen gadget fanatic!
Have you ever tried the "microplane" graters? Your life won´t be the same ;)

Nice side salad (I love cumin).

lobstersquad dijo...

Microplane...I´m considering naming a child Microplane, I love them so much!

bea at La Tartine Gourmande dijo...

I think I suffer from the same disease! Many gadgets in my kitchen for sure! And once they used to also follow colour patterns! I am such a girl!

Stefanie dijo...

If ever I go window shopping, I tend to go to a kitchen store and spend excessive time there, oohing and ahhing over all the things I wish I had the money for. I should seriously consider starting a kitchen budget.

I'm so moved even by your simple line drawings.

ann dijo...

here in the states, especially if one is of Southern extraction, the liquid that collects at the bottom of any bowl or pot is called "pot liquor" and it's completely acceptable to drink it (well, not really, but i like to think so, b/c i love drinking it too)

Julie dijo...

I understand kitchen gadget love. I have no self control at all in kitchenware stores. Or the cookbook section of bookstores.

Your salad sounds delicious. Just the thing for summer weather.

Melissa dijo...

I followed Brett's advice to check out the 'Lobster Squad', and have to agree that you have a really lovely site here. Your illustrations are just gorgeous! Wonderful discovery, I'm pleased to have found you.

lobstersquad dijo...

Bea, Stefanie, Julie : I´m glad I´m not the only one with no self-control with cookbooks and supplies. And food, too!

Ann: I love that "pot liquor". Next time I drink from the salad bowl I´ll feel like Tom Sawyer

Melissa: Thanks for stopping by, I´ve been a huge fan of yours for ages.

Anita dijo...

I am not to be trusted in kitchen stores - I want to buy everything in sight and usually have to be dragged out unwillingly. But isn't it a thrill when you find that one perfect gadget?