Happy Summer Solstice!
Mid-Summer is said to be a mystical time when the forces of magic are increased and fairies roam our world. As portrayed in Shakespeare's A Mid-summer Night's Dream it is a night of romance and confusion. It is also the time when the powers of light are at their grandest. Whoever thinks fairies only roam our world on this day has never been to West Hollywood.
I love the longest day of the year. Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, comments on how she waits for the longest day of the year, but always misses it. When she realizes it's approaching, she ponders what to wear. What a moron.
In ancient Sweden a midsummer tree was set up and decorated in each town to celebrate the summer solstice. The villagers danced around it. Women and girls would customarily bathe in the local river. This was a magical ritual, intended to bring rain for the crops.
I thought for a brief moment about dancing in Griffith Park and then going down to bathe in the L.A. River. Instead, I stopped at Pavilions and purchased supplies for this salad.
GRILLED CORN AND SHRIMP SALAD adapted from a recipe on Epicurious
3 ears of corn
1/4 cup (scant) olive oil, plus additional for brushing on corn and shrimp
1/2 lb medium shrimp
1/2 sweet onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
3 tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 tbs. white wine vinegar
salt & pepper
Spinach or salad greens
Brush the corn with some olive oil and grill until corn browns and just starts to blister. Cool. Cut kernels from cobs and place corn into bowl.
Brush shrimp with olive oil and grill until just cooked through. Add shrimp along with onion, jalapeno and cilantro to the bowl with the corn.
In a separate bowl combine lemon juice, 1/4 cup (scant) olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Pour dressing over the corn mixture and stir until coated. Place spinach or salad greens on plates and spoon corn and shrimp mixture into center. Enjoy!
**As I am partial to heat from chilis as well as from the sun, I might try this with some diced chipotle chilis and some of the adobo sauce from the can.