Two Saints was a great drop-in-for-a-bite neighborhood restaurant we often frequented before it closed a year or so ago. We often found ourselves appreciating a quiet, cozy place where you could relax after a hectic week with your BYOB wine and a fabulous meal featuring dishes from around the world.
Though the doors are now closed, Chef Sia Ayrom has graciously compiled a collection of his most popular recipes in Comfort Food Without Borders, Volume One: From Appetizers to Pastas. Sia promises that volumes 2: Main Courses (June 2014) and 3: Happy Endings (December 2014) will provide an abundance of easy-to-follow recipes and tips to complement volume 1 which includes appetizers, brunch recipes, sandwiches and burgers, soups and salads, dumplings, noodles and pasta – plenty of choices for creating your own just-a-bite meal.
Thinking a salad for lunch with friends would please everyone, I found plenty of choices: Baby Arugula & Frisée Salad with Grapefruit Supremes, Marcona Almonds, Blood Orange Vinaigrette, Panzanella, and New Potato Salad with Bacon and Gorgonzola Cheese before Salade Niçoise caught my eye.
Salade Niçoise is a great do ahead salad because each of the ingredients can be prepped the night before and then beautifully arranged just before lunch is ready. Sia’s recipe called for marinating the tuna in soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger and garlic before pan grilling it – a real improvement over the usual option of canned tuna.
His vinaigrette with dried tarragon was a real crowd favorite. Hard-boiled eggs, sliced sweet tomatoes, vibrant haricots verts, salty Niçoise olives, creamy boiled new potatoes on a bed of butter crunch lettuce rounded out the rest of the market fresh ingredients. Crusty bread and a crisp glass of wine are all that was needed to make this a five star lunch or dinner.
Join us Saturday, March 22nd at 2:00 as we welcome Chef Sia Ayrom to Blue Willow Bookshop to discuss and sign Comfort Food Without Borders. Chef Sia promises Truffled Ham and Cheese on a Stick – you won’t want to miss! Martha