Courgettes Carpaccio with Citrus Infused OlIve Oil

I ate the last courgettes from my garden last night. Lovingly wrapped in newspaper, and lined up like nuclear warheads, they were delicious and a fond memory of late summer. My first year in the vegetable garden here at The Hungry Cyclist Lodge has been a success. Terroir is the watch word here in Burgundy, and mine seems to be good. Everything I planted has grown and it has been a pleasure to serve clients cycling picnics made with fresh produce the garden.

With a glut of courgettes, a recipe I used time and time again this summer was for courgette carpaccio. Simple and quick to prepare it is an ideal dish for a light lunch during a hot days cycling in Burgundy.

1. Put dressing ingredients into a blender and blend until ingredients are combined, but not pureed. You want to still see green flecks. Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste.

2. Using a mandolin or patience and a sharp knife, shave courgettes lengthways into thin ribbons.

3.In a large bowel mix the sliver through with your fingers, a glug of olive oil and the juice of the remaining half lemon.

4. Place the courgette ribbons loosely on a platter, drizzle with vinaigrette and garnish with the toasted pine nuts and the grated goat’s cheese. Serve chilled and enjoy with a crisp glass of Rully.

Wine suggestion: Rully La Pucelle – 2012 - Paul Jacqueson

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