Of all my cook books, I turn most often to any ofJamie Oliver's. They never fail to inspire and motivate.
Last week when I was flipping through his Italian cookbook for ideas, a simple Caponata recipe caught my fancy. Luckily I had a brinjal in the fridge along with the usual other basic Italian ingredients so it was a breeze to whip it up.
Heat a sauté pan and add a few twirls f olive oil followed by inch size chunks of brinjal. When they become goldenish then add a few cloves of garlic sliced and an onion finely chopped. If you have celery o hand then add a chopped celery stick or two as well. Allow to cook. Add red pepper and paprika and season to taste. Then add some tomatoes, capers and olives. Cool for ten minutes or so till you get a nice chunky consistency. Top with a few torn basil leaves.
Grill slices of country bread or baguette. Load up the caponata and enjoy bruschetta style.
I also made a simple rocket salad with an oil as white wine vinegar dressing. Crumbled blue cheese added a nice touch.
Paired with a chilled glass of Chablis, this made for a light summer dinner.
What are your favourite summer foods?