Thursday, July 31, 2008

Caprese Salad (Insalata Caprese)

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It is a fact. Technology is taking over every aspect of our lives.

For the last decade, the advancement of technology from the medical to industrial to the telecommunications industry (most especially), has truly made leaps and bounds. Amazing.

So much have changed that I feel the world actually seems so much smaller than ever. The internet has done a huge difference in our day-to-day existence. Instead of writing letters via post/mail that will take days to get to the recipient, we send an email that only takes seconds to be read. Text messages have replaced personal phone calls. Photo albums are now gathering dust somewhere in favor of digital pictures that are saved in our computers. We can now all view videos together even if we are halfway around the world from each other, thanks to YouTube. News can be broadcast within seconds worldwide. Heck, we can now even date online. And with cell phones and every conceivable tracking device there is, “not being able to contact” someone has become short of impossible.

I can go on and on regarding the merits of technology but on the flipside of it are also its disadvantages. Technology has replaced our interpersonal communications that we have lost much of that valuable “personal” touch in the process.

With these techno-gizmos available at our fingertips, a question begs to be asked. Will there come a point that people will actually forget how to communicate personally? Worse, will the English language change to wazup, LOL and BRB, from hello, you’re funny and goodbye?

In a society that's laden with superficial standards which we don’t feel we always measure up to, computers have become our scape-goats. It is easy to hide behind our monitors to avoid being judged. How long before a personal handshake be completely replaced with the keyboard? Will a robot eventually take the place of a human-to-human, interpersonal communication? Hmmnn… food for thought.

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I miss the good old, simple life sometimes. Yes, technology is good, but there are things in life that cannot be replaced with it. So once in a while, let’s remember those times before the internet, iPhones and iPods, shall we? Let’s make time for our friends and families by speaking to them in person, sending them cards with personal handwritten notes or even visit them in person, ok?

So with this post, I would like to remember our missionary friends (the Logan family) who are in South Africa. I have actually made this for them in the past as mentioned in my previous post, but thought that this dish deserves a post of its own.

This salad is not only pretty, but delicious as well. It is especially good for warm summer days when the last thing you would want to do is stand in front of the stove /oven and cook!

Moreover, this is a breeze to make. You can put this together probably within 5 minutes and you’ll have a fresh salad that will transport you to the isles of Capri -- with the aid of your imagination, of course! :o)

Insalata Caprese
(from Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis)

1-1/2 pounds tomatoes like vine-ripened tomatoes*
1 pound fresh mozzarella
3/4 to 1 teaspoon fine sea salt or fleur de sel
Freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup packed basil leaves, torn or cut into thin strips
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
drizzle of fresh lemon juice

1. Slice the tomatoes and cheese into 1/4-inch thick slices. Arrange the salad on a serving platter or individual plates in an alternating pattern.
2. Season with the salt and pepper to taste.
3. Scatter the basil leaves over the top and drizzle with the oil and lemon juice.
4. Serve at room temperature.

NOTE*: I used two types of tomatoes. I thought that the different shapes would help the salad look attractive. If only I found sun-gold yellow tomatoes or even heirloom ones, then this salad even look more "summery"...

12 comments:

Angry Asian said...

i love caprese salad and yours looks delish!

Jenn said...

Oh I absolutely agree with you about the English language. Sometimes I instant message my brother (a cheap way to keep in contact) and usually when I ask him what he's been doing lately he replies "nm". Thats it - just "nm". Apparently it means "not much". So lazy!

oggi said...

Tomato mozzarella salad is always welcome in my house specially during the summer. Yum!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Agree with you about the ugly flipside of technology. I can rant and rave more about the unscrupulous sellers of technology and software but leave it at that.

Good thing the caprese salad looks delicious, because I need to calm down.

Lina said...

mmmmmmm~ my favorite salad ever!

Dhanggit said...

oh this is the second time im seeing caprese salad..looks so tempting!! yummy..i never tried making them in the meantime i'll just enjoy watching yours LOL

Christie @ fig & cherry said...

LOVE fresh mozarella! This combo is timeless for a reason - delicious!

noobcook said...

your salad is beautiful, love the colours...

technology is letting us connect to more people, but yet it depersonalizes us too ... I guess we need to learn how to use it to our advantage :)

tastymealsathome.com said...

Looks super great!! yum

Tom Aarons said...

Tomatoes are the color of summer, aren't they! This looks delish.

Kevin said...

That salad looks nice and fresh and good. What great colours.

Tiffany said...

Very pretty! I agree that the combination of tomatoes gives some extra interest.