Istanbul has still not settled down and the streets are volatile.
But I had a quick escape to the UK for a class reunion and came back last night.
I must confess, my heart was here throughout. On the way home from the airport, we found ourselves in the middle of a massive protest march along Bağdat Caddesi, thousands of people waving their flags, masses of cars all tooting their horns – tensions are still running high and the issues are far from being solved.
But life goes on: today is Monday, market day in Selami Çeşme, so off I went in search of those little round courgettes. I was late as I had had a busy day up till that point but I soon found them.
Not every stall has them as they’re not that commonplace as yet. Also the coloured peppers. I love the reds, oranges and yellows! I had a couple of salads in mind.
I made the courgette one this evening and we enjoyed it: fresh, pretty to look at, and a good combination of flavours and textures. Funnily enough, it was only as I wrote the name of this recipe above that I realised that I hadn’t used the mint I had so lovingly chosen at the market!
I checked the recipe and sure enough, it had been forgotten. I think the addition of fresh mint would be a definite plus.
This is yet another Didem Şenol selection: light, seasonal and easy to prepare. At the same time, it’s unusual. I know I’ll be making this one again.
- Slice the courgettes and apple as finely as possible. I used a mandolin slicer.
- Place the apple slices in water with lemon to prevent them from discolouring. Finely chop the dill, spring onion, and mint and mix with the courgette, apple and cheese. Add the nigella seeds.
- Add the vinegar and salt, and then finally the olive oil and mix together.
The recipe states that if you add the olive oil first, the salad won’t absorb the vinegar. I would say, go carefully with the vinegar and taste the salad as you add it. You don’t want it to be overpoweringly vinegary.
Place the salad in the middle of a large salad plate or spread it on a long plate. Serve immediately.