Thursday, March 24, 2011

On The Second Day of Salads....

On the days when I am not blogging about making a meal, I will post recipes from the cookbook.  Ten in total. I challenge you to make one and post comments to my blog or FB page. These are just a small sampling of the more than 100 recipes developed by Patricia Wells at her home in Provence.  Enjoy! 

Chilled Evergreen Tomato Velouté
This quick and sublime summer soup is a picture postcard of my August garden in Provence. I grow two varieties of green tomatoes, Green Zebra and Evergreen. Each year I taste them side by side, and I still cannot decide which I like better. Green Zebra, yellowish green with yellow and white stripes, is sweet and tangy at the same time, while Evergreen (also known as Emerald Evergreen) is indeed emerald-colored, and along with tang and sweetness is a bit creamy as well. Of course this soup can also be made with red, orange, or yellow varieties. The gentle sweetness of the vanilla bean loves the company of tomatoes. Don’t be afraid to let the mixture blend for a full 3 minutes, to create a thick emulsion. And use the best olive oil you can find, for the rich elegance of the oil really shines here.


1 plump, moist vanilla bean
2 pounds ripe Evergreen or Green Zebra tomatoes, cored and quartered (do not peel)
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1. Flatten the vanilla bean and cut it in half lengthwise. With a small spoon, scrape out the seeds. (Reserve the pod for another use. I dry the pods and bury them in a large glass jar of sugar to flavor it.)

2. Combine all the ingredients in a blender or a food processor. Add 1/3 cup water and blend for a full 3 minutes, to create a thick emulsion. Serve very cold in glasses. (Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reblend at serving time.)

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Salad as a Meal: Healthy Main-Dish Salads for Every Season [Hardcover]


  1. The vanilla bean sounds like a very interesting addition! Can't wait to try it.

  2. I know what you mean. Also, I also like the idea of trying smaller batches using different types of olive oils--maybe an Italian, French and Portuguese to see how different it will taste.

  3. Where in Columbus, Ohio does one find plump, moist vanilla beans?

  4. @Anonymous- Penzey's Spices in Kenny Center (at Kenny/Henderson) sells both Mexican and Madagascar vanilla beans (and extract) among other exotic and rare spices. Affordable too. I've never had a problem buying vanilla beans from Williams Sonoma. Hope this helps.

  5. Great blogging! Thanks so much!

  6. Thanks Patricia! Great cookbook.

  7. Well emm i pas, i'm still young and i'm still healthy, eat well and do exercise, but well someday maybe haha