Saturday, November 04, 2006

cherry tomato and basil pasta salad

the temperature has suddenly dipped in london and it's hovering in the single digits these days. i long for the sultr summer days, which just a few months ago seemed liked they were here to stay. instead of making hot soups and other comfort foods, i'm stubbornly resisting the notion that winter is upon us. at least for now.

as a symbol of my defiance, i made a cold pasta salad bursting with the summer flavours of tomato and basil. i had some left over paparadelle which i cooked in lots of salted water and allowed to cool for about ten minutes. then i added some chopped sweet cherry tomatoes to the pasta. this was followed by a couple of cloves of crushed garlic followed by handful of loosely torn basil leaves. finally, i drizzled some extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

as i bit into the summer freshness of my salad, i closed my eyes and dreamt about the beaches of sardinia, the weekend getaways to paris and barcelona, the long summer evenings spent at outdoor cafes in west london, the walks in kensington park at eight pm when it was still light, rollerblading in notting hill and everything else that made the summer of '06 so memorable and the winter feel terribly depressing now.


Anonymous Sandeep said...

Cold food in this weather??
Cook some of your hot thai curry or mirchi ka salan instead

Warm you up a bit!

11:44 am  
Blogger Gustad said...

i was cooking with basil this weekend

3:45 pm  
Blogger 30in2005 said...

This year I can truly say I have got used to this hideous cold weather - what I still can't say without feeling like an absolute fraud is that I like it!!

In winter I am all about the hot food. I just bought a soup cookbook and plan to make this my debut soup year.

11:53 am  
Blogger Mallika said...

It's like Mordor out there, isn't it? I've lived here 10 years and still can't get used to it. Give me an Indian summer any day.

1:48 pm  
Blogger paramjit singh said...


nice blog. keep up. got some kool tips on cooking for you. picked them up a few weeks ago in greece.



10:49 pm  
Blogger gs said...

will be there cold stuff.i want it piping hot!

12:15 am  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi everyone
ok, i'm out of my cold food phase with one last jaunt at nobu last night for some unbelievably tasty sushi.
i'm going to focus on soups and spicy curries and all things warming now!

thanks for reminding me about my thai curry. haven't made it in ages...

hi paramjit
do you have any greek recipes to share with us?

11:09 am  
Blogger paramjit singh said...


lulu. have some great recipies for winter cooking. too long to post in comments though. drop me an email and will note you down some mouth watering dishes that will keep you warm in winter and get the taste buds watering untill spring ..


12:19 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhhh, Lulu, this salad looks unbelievably tasy and perfect for this coming weekend which I believe is going to to be warm(ish) weatherwise!

9:31 pm  
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Anonymous Londra said...

Looks delicious.

5:09 pm  
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8:42 am  

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