Saturday, July 7

Recipe File: Sliced Everything

I own a too-large food processer that sits in a cupboard collecting dust, all because it lacks some tiny plastic part critical to its operation. I secretly believe that if it sits in the cupboard, undisturbed, while I play romantic background music, the machine will magically impregnate itself and give birth to its own missing part.

It’s been a year now. The food processor’s gestation period, like its size, appears to be elephantine.

So I’m now the proud owner of a replacement device: A mandolin. It slices. It juliennes. It fits in the silverware drawer. And its tiny bits stay attached. (Which is only right.)

I celebrated my bounty by making the most amazing salad I've had in...well...38 days.

Here's the recipe:

Equipment
Mandolin

Ingredients
2 small ripe tomatoes
Jicama, partially peeled
2 basil leaves, chopped
1T capers
Sea salt, ground pepper to taste

Using mandolin, slice tomatoes into a bowl. Julienne about 1/4C of peeled jicama. Top with chopped fresh basil leaves, capers, and salt and pepper. Toss and enjoy.

Calories: 44
Carbs: 9
Fat: 0
Protein: 1
Calcium: 3

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Maybe if the machine could actually see how adorable Paul McCartney was in 1976, I'd have more success: Silly Love Songs.