Eating like Frida Kahlo


Eating like Frida Kahlo

Last week we posted a link to a Frida Kahlo recipe for a Grilled Zucchini Salad on our Facebook page.
And, people liked it and some even came in to tell us they liked it.
So we decided to make it, and we sampled it in our beautiful little courtyard garden space (after hours as it’s not on our regular Tea Studio menu!)

Looking out at an array of Art House made pots and art works, with the glorious Sheffield summer sun beating down on us, we felt (a little) like we were in Mexico talking to Frida (and Diego) about colour, food and what it means to be an artist.

If you want to do the same and transform your Sheffield lunch time into an exotic fiesta, this is how we did it. (The recipe is from the book  ‘Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo.’)

You’ll need two or three small courgettes, an avocado, a sprinkling of sugar and salt, some olive oil and a little red wine vinegar. Plus some parmesan-style (without animal rennet) cheese or Engevita yeast flakes if you are vegan.

Frida, apparently, was more of an orchestrator of meals than a cook so the recipe itself is incredibly simple. Diego was more of the foodie and, at meal times would announce his arrival in the dining room by shouting, simply: “I’m here!”

Cut the courgette in to thin slices and fry in olive oil until they begin to turn golden.

Slice an avocado and arrange on a plate ( we used a beautiful bowl by our tutor Mark Scown from one of his pottery classes.) Spread the courgette slices on top and sprinkle with a little salt.

For the dressing mix a third red wine vinegar to two thirds olive oil. Drizzle it over the salad and finish with a grating of cheese.

Sit back. Relax. Think of Mexican sunlight and lazy afternoons spent painting.

Frida and Diego served the dish – among lots of others – during what they called “día de los manteles largos,” (the days of the long tablecloth) at their Mexico City home when they would invite friends and fellow artists to dine alongside them.

And, should you want to come and day dream about art and artists in our sun trap garden you’re welcome. Our cafe The Tea Studio sells a wide variety of delicious vegetarian meals and art comes as standard.