zucchini, mozzarella and fresh peach salad in lemon vinaigrette

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I’ve given up trying to predict my future. The incessant planner could never have imagined the life I’m living now. I didn’t think I’d recover after the girls left home and yet here I am happily putting one foot in front of the other. I never thought I’d have another career, after retiring, and end up loving it more than anything I’ve done before. I didn’t come close on the whole grandmother thing.

My mother’s mother was in her early forties when I was born. I’m fifty-four. My paradigm for grandmother, a wrinkly skinned, tightly permed hair in an unrecognizable color, loose-fitting polyester clothes wearing, slow-moving, cookie baking person who seemed to know my mother better than me, has completely shifted. She would have been a vital, active woman full of life and her own dreams who became a grandmother.

Of all the relationships in my life, the love I felt from my grandmother was boundless. I lost her thirty years ago, yet as I sit here thinking about her my throat tightens. There was a completeness to how she loved me that was an absolute in my life. It was never explained or questioned. Since her death, no matter how I tried to hold on to that feeling little by little it slipped from my memory until now.

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I can’t control how I love this baby. My whole body reacts to the sound of his cooing as he drifts to sleep. I can’t wait for him to wake up. Every smile, movement and sound fills me with a joy unlike – no – much like the joy I felt with my own grandmother.

Now it’s my turn to nurture a love unlike any other in his life. A special connection that will diminish the physical distance between us as he grows up so far away, but more importantly a bond that will transcend my lifetime and his.

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While Meggie and Coen are here, I’m going to play around with some salad ideas. This one was recommended to me by Liz when she visited last. It’s a Donna Hay creation from her cook book ‘The New Classics’. A simple zucchini salad perfect for this time of year.

zucchini, mozzarella and fresh peach salad in lemon vinaigrette l bitebymichelle.com

I added fresh peach. The sweetness from the fruit balanced perfectly with the tart lemon vinaigrette.

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zucchini, mozzarella and peach salad
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Yield: serves 2
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 small zucchini, sliced thinly with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 fresh peach, cut into 12 slices
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • handful tender lettuce leaves
  • 8 fresh small bocconcini
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
THE STEPS:
  1. Place lemon juice, oil, mustard, salt and freshly ground pepper in salad bowl and whisk
  2. Add everything else and toss well.
  3. Serve immediately.
THE LOVE:
Everything must be as fresh and perfect as possible. There's no hiding with this recipe!

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