“The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is.” Marcel Proust
Between March and May, between SCAD, my thesis and my exhibition, I was interning for Atlanta Magazine. I have spend a nice time working on the magazine, assisting at photo-shoots and shooting, mapping eventually my interest for food photography with a last assignment. A summer inspiration recipe that one could enjoy at breakfast or served as appetizer at a dinner party. I love crostini because they are quick to make and always tasteful. Paired with tea in the morning or white wine at dinner, they are snack-perfect!
These crostini have the right amount of sweet and salty. The Kalamata olives are a wonderful pairing with the creamy cheese, since their meaty texture is unexpected with every bite. This is a very simple, yet tasteful dish, and a crusty baguette with soft and chewy crumb is ideal to complete this feast of flavors!
Sweet and Salty Summer Crostini
1 baguette, sliced
1 cup fresh shelled Edamame beans, blanched
3 slices of bacon, lardons
1 cup fresh ricotta
½ cup Kalamata olives, finely chopped
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
a few sprigs of fresh parsley, finely chopped
slivered and sliced almonds
cherry tomatoes, halved
honey, to drizzle
extra-virgin olive oil, to drizzle
1. Cook sliced bacon, Edamame beans and halved cherry tomatoes in olive oil, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and set aside.
2. Mix ricotta with finely chopped Kalamata olives, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread this cheese mixture onto toasted baguette slices.
3. Spoon on top beans and bacon, strawberries, almonds and honey, or pecan and bacon, tomatoes and almonds, and serve immediately. Be creative, make any combination that appeals to your taste!