The Job: Make the freshest salad possible without leaving the apartment.
The Mark: Yummy, sweet yellow peppers from Whole Foods - The vegetable was just sitting there in the crisper, almost begging to be used.
The Seductive Scent: dark basil plant on windowsill, also from Whole Foods - I took a few leaves. No one saw me.
The Scavenger Hunt Booty: pre-washed red radishes, and pre-cut white-with-green-splash cucumber - Yeah, somebody else did the work. But, if I didn't take it, it'd end up in the trash. Probably. Waste not, want not, and what not.
The Staples: Team 1, The Fridge: grated parmesan, mixed-pitted olives, feta, pickled peperoncini
The Staples: Team 2, The Pantry: sea salt, olive oil, sherry vinegar
The Rejects: limp mesculun lettuce and dry, chicken breast leftover from yesterday's Taco Night - I'm a artist, not a junk man.
The Sensual Break-down:
Color: bright yellow (pepper), yellow-green (pepperoncini), dark green (basil); red, highly contrasted with white (radish)
Texture & Sound (Crunch): peppers; radish; long wet slivers of cucumber
Texture, Slippery or Smooth: emulsifying effect of grated parmesan & feta crumbles when combined with vinegar & oil; feel of rotating oil-soaked olives on tongue as they resist the teeth
Scent: Basil (proof there are forces for good in the universe)
Taste buds: salty (cheeses, olives, anything pickled), mildly sweet (pepper); mildly bitter (radish); sour (peperoncini, vinegar) tempered by oil.
The Salad: So good, I ate it before I remembered to take a picture for The Whatever Cook.
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