July 2009

Keeping with the flavourful summer series I began last week, let’s get another recipe. This time it’s time to make a nice cold “Ensaladilla Rusa”, or Russian Potato Salad. As a side note, I asked a Russian friend of mine if this dish really originates from that country and she said she’d never heard of anything like it.
Spanish cuisine changes dramatically in the summer time, and it’s no wonder given the intense heat. Not only is it too hot to cook, but it’s also too hot to eat a steaming bowl of soup or stew. You’ve probably heard of gazpacho, the Spanish cold tomato soup that is so refreshing in the summer, but that’s not the only tempting cool dish to enjoy this time of year. Other favourites on my list are cold pasta, potato and couscous salads. This month I’m going to feature a little series of favourite summer dishes.
So it’s summer and the beach is ready and waiting, but you’re not a beach person! Or, let’s say you’ve had it with the crowds at the beach and you’d like to get away. Is it really too hot to go inland? Not always. Think about it, millions of people live inland and put up with the heat. There are ways to enjoy inland destinations right now, at this time of the year.