Jul 19, 2010

Summer pasta salad

Oh Summer! It’s definitely here, and here to stay for at least four more months... The Israeli summer is soooo long, it makes you forget that you ever felt a cool breeze in your hair... Existing in a hot and humid weather is no easy task for anyone. Even summer’s biggest fans who greet it with real joy and happiness are now melting slowly in the city, trying to find strips of shadow to walk under in the hot streets. You have to walk the city of Tel Aviv to enjoy it, but summer makes you remember, that yes, you have a car, and you’re going to use it, even for taking your 3 years old from the preschool around the block.

I am a winter person, and as such, I never greeted summer with much delight. My main task is to hide wherever AC is available during the day, and go out at night (like nocturnal animals do...). Ignoring reality and the season is the best survival tip I could find till now, and let me say that the “if you can’t beat them - join them!” rule really does not apply here. Unless you’re willing and able to spend your days at the beach drinking margaritas (mostly life does not work this way...), than keep behind closed doors dreaming of fall, and rear your head just when absolutely necessary.

But... Oh, the summer food! I really love anything regarding summer food and desserts, the best fruit and vegetables, great colors and textures. Summer hold the joy of finding the freshest ingredients and making light and healthy meals. The season where starters play the role of main dishes is my kind of season!

So far I’ve only posted sweet recipes, since it is my specialty. But I really want this blog to be about more than baking, so this is my first savory dish for you. Last Saturday we had a great summer pasta salad for dinner, the one I usually make for picnics. Cold wheels shaped pasta with oven plum cherry tomatoes, lightly cooked romano green beans, sheep’s milk feta cheese, roasted garlic and dill. So fresh and summery, great for lunch or dinner in a cool atmosphere, or packed for a picnic, for those days it’s OK to drink margaritas at the beach... Enjoy!