The art of presenting food in a glass is called “verrine” (pronounced ver-een)
Usually a verrine is an appetizer or desert consisting of a number of components layered artfully in a glass. Here we have a refreshing cucumber and red capsicum verrine. French women consume 5 kilos of cucumbers each, per year, mostly in the summer months. Maybe that’s why French women don’t get fat! This is a simple concoction which looks good and tastes even better.
- 2 cups of cucumber
- 2 red capsicums
- 3 tbls olive oil
- Juice of a small lemon
- 2 tsp honey
- Salt and pepper
- 3 tbls chopped basil
- 3 tblsp goat cheese
- 2 tblsp chopped chives
- Cut cucumber in half and remove seeds, then cut into small cubes.
- Slice top off capsicum, remove seeds and cut into half inch slices. Steam for about 8 minutes, cool off in cold water and cut into small pieces. This is better done ahead of time and refrigerated.
- When ready to serve, put 1/3 of cucumber at the bottom of your glass and follow with a layer of capsicum and then add the rest of the cucumber. Mix the oi, honey and lemon juice , season to taste. Pour the dressing over the vegies.
- Mix the goat cheese (I used Danish Fetta) with chives and basil and top each verrine with the cheese mixture.