Even in Paris, after a cold spell, warm weather is coming….we feel like eating lighter, fresher things…. ( women like me have nightmares of looking like Moby Dick ON the beach !! ), so for whatever reason, health, weather or personal vanity (or the three at the same time!), this marks the beginning of my “summer” posts….devoted to low-calory-easy-to-digest-fast-to-make meals….Well, don’t get overexcited (or too sad), due to my French training, I will give you something buttery or creamy from time to time….Who said a salad dish can’t have a crème brûlée as final touch?
The arugula, basil, red peppers and the pine nuts accentuate the Italian/south of France scents and flavours….
The dish is named Carpaccio, after the name of an Italian painter, famous for its colourful paintings….Now, there are two stories associated with it: Mrs Cipriani, in Venice, or a rich lady from Milan, were advised by their doctors to eat raw meat….apparently, it was not considered very “elegant” to eat raw meat so they named the dish “carpaccio” so that no one would notice….
I do not know which story is true…but I love Venice, Milan and Carpaccio, so…..
AND I would like to point out, eating carpaccio IS elegant, “n’est-ce pas?” (isn’t it?).
Enjoy it !!!
Now for the recipe…….