During the sping and summer months I go the Marché Bastille each sunday without fail. From my house, the velib ride is fantastic, straight down canal st martin until you hit the marché, very relaxing. Due to recent weather however, this has been a less comforting thought.
But today I even managed to coax the Frenchman outside and to the market, which is a cause to celebrate in itself. Especially since winter foods lend themselves to being heavy (I cant go past a good looking potiron), and since I have a vendenta against those wheeled market trolleys and refuse to buy one, I have to strain and walk heavily leaned to the right with my classic straw basket over my shoulder. I can do with the extra muscle.
Retro Bistro Salad
1/2 large head of lettuce. This one was just labeled ‘salade’, so take your pick!
6 slices of baguette
1/2 cup tinned corn
6 slices pancetta
2 tablespoons of honey
6 slices firm goats cheese (I used the ‘logs’ of goats cheese available here, but use what you prefer, this is not the recipe for precision!
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp dijion mustard
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
First, place a slice of goats cheese onto each slice of baguette. Drizzle the honey over each slice of cheese and place in the oven on 180 deg celcius for 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is nicely browned.
Roughly tear up your washed lettuce and place on 2 plates. Scatter over your corn (lol this cracks me up!)
Fry pancetta in a frypan until brown and crispy set aside.
Whilst doing this, set some water to boil. This is for the poached eggs. Everyone has a different technique for this, I personally use 2 teaspoons of malt vinegar and a teaspoon of salt. Crack eggs, one at a time, into a small dish then poor carefully into the lightly simmering water. Cook for around 3 minutes, but this depends on so many things. Touch the egg yolk one in a while to feel if its ready, it should still be quite soft, but not feeling that it would break with the slightest touch.
In a small jar put all the dressing ingredients. But the lid on the jar and shake it, shake it, shake it like a polaroid picture. Or until the dressing is well combined. Poor over the salad and corn.
Place the poached eggs, pancetta and cheese toasts on top of the salad. Sprinkle with salt and fresh black pepper and you have yourself a meal worthy of a neighbourhood bistro, right at home!
There is nothing hip or modern about this dish but damn, sometimes a girl just wants the comfortingly uncool.