BY BÉATRICE PELTRE
Serves 4 as an appetizer.
3 medium sized vine tomatoes (about 6.5 oz each)
2 cob corns (about 12 oz each)
2 Tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
(you can also use basil instead)
1 large shallot, chopped thinly
1 Tbsp gomasio (or sesame seeds)
2 Tbsp pine nuts, dry roasted
½ vanilla bean, seeds removed
1½ Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp olive oil
Pinch of paprika
Salt and pepper
Wash the tomatoes and blanch them for 1 minute in boiling water. Rinse under cold water and remove the skin and seeds. Dice them. Place them in a colander and
season with salt. Leave to rest for 30 minutes.
Remove the leaves from the cob corns and wash them.
Boil them in salted water for 4 minutes. Rinse under cold water and slice the kernels off. Let cool.
In a small bowl, place the vanilla seeds. Add 1½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Whisk well. Place the tomatoes and corn kernels in a
large bowl with the gomasio (or sesame seeds), chopped shallot and coriander. Add half of the dressing and mix well.
Season with salt and pepper. Take 4 individual 1- cup ramekins. Line them with parchment paper and fill them with the vegetables to the top. Cover each with a small
piece of parchment paper. Place a weight on top and put in the fridge for 1 hour.
To serve your dish, take 4 individual appetizer plates. Remove the top piece of parchment paper and flip the ramekin at the center of the plate. Remove the parchment
paper carefully. Repeat with the other ramekins.
Decorate with coriander and a pinch of paprika.
Serve with the rest of the vinaigrette, dry roasted pine nuts and toasted slices of country bread.
Béatrice grew up in France, traveled around the world and now lives in Boston where she runs the popular food blog “La Tartine Gourmande” http://www.beaskitchen.com/blog which features anecdotal stories, photography and bilingual recipes.