I swim at a local public pool in the evenings. The parks department organizes adult-only lap swim hours in the mornings and evening during the outdoor swimming season. I’m not naming the pool I swim at because we get very few swimmers compared to the other pools and I want to keep it that way. I will say, however, that my garden is on my way home from the pool. I stopped by last night to pick the tomatoes I knew would be ready and to get some herbs for a salad I planned for dinner.
I swim a mile each night. When I’m done, extreme laziness sets in. Rather than walk the 10 blocks home I jumped on the bus. I didn’t realize how potent the mint was until I overheard a woman in the back of the bus say “I smell mint.” She repeated it, looking around trying to figure out where it was coming from. I pulled the small bunch out of my swim bag. We talked about herbs and uses for mint. The scent took over the entire bus, which I have to say is a huge improvement on how NYC buses usually smell. I wish I had some extra to share, but I only picked enough for my salad. Still, it was nice to meet someone new.
The salad? Here’s the recipe. I don’t really measure things, so this is all approximate.
- the kernels from one ear of corn
- sliced zucchini – about a handful
- diced red onion – about a handful
- 1 small tomato diced, seeds removed because I think the seeds are nasty
- handful of chopped fresh herbs – I used mint and purple basil
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
I briefly sautéed the corn and zucchini in a little bit of the oil – just until the corn turned a brighter yellow. (At this point I realized that bacon would have been a good idea. cook some bacon, use the bacon fat to cook the corn and zucchini and then crumble the bacon on top. But I didn’t have any. Boo.) I diced the tomato and the onion, chopped up the herbs and tossed them in a bowl. When the corn and zucchini were done, I combined it with the other stuff, sprinkled on some salt and pepper and red pepper flakes, and drizzled some olive oil. Mixed it up, put it on a plate and ate it. I didn’t think to take a picture until after I ate it all. Yes, I ate it all. It was amazing.