YOSHIKOlicious Beauty Cooking Class in August 8月のYOSHIKOlicious Beauty Cooking Class

Hello, everyone.  It has been cool this summer in New York, but it turned to be summery hot this week.  On Monday, I had YOSHIKOlicious Beauty Cooking Class in NY Shikibu-kai.  This time, I focused on summer vegetables and fruits, and prepared five dishes.
皆様、こんにちは。ニューヨークの夏は涼しかったのですが、今週は夏らしい暑さになりました。月曜日は、NY式部会でYOSHIKOlicious Beauty Cooking Classをやらせていただきました。今回は夏野菜とフルーツに焦点を当て、5品をご用意させていただきました。

On Sunday, I was shopping in the green market in Upper West Side. 
I bought a watermelon for the watermelon and tomato gazpacho.
Peaches are in season, too and I bought some to make a warm salad with orange beets.
I bought an eggplant for caponata.
Vitamin-C rich red bell pepper was used together with corns and other vegetables for a salad.
We had lots of fun to cook together!
This is the watermelon and tomato gazpacho.  Besides watermelon and tomato, other vegetables and fruits are in this.  The taste was very refreshing!
This is caponata.  I introduced the way which eggplants were not deep-fried, and that was very appreciated!
This is orange beets and peach salad.  This is warm salad, and the sauce was well received as well!
This is ethnic flavored corn salad.  The dressing is the key for the ethnic flavor.
And this was the additional salad I made with watermelon rinds.  Watermelon contains citrulline which has the ability to relax blood vessels as well as antioxidant effects.  According to this article, citrullune is found in higher concentrations in the rind of watermelons than the flesh.  The sauce is arranged from the sauce which was used for the beets and peach salad.
The nice colored foods are lined up on the table, and we enjoyed the lunch, chattering a lot!
After the lunch, I served my favorite hibiscus and rosehip tea.  This is from Physical Graffitea in East Village and named as "Beauty Skin Tonic."
Thank you very much for those who came and also thank you very much for Ms. Rie Aoki who is the founder of the NY Shikibu=kai for the cooperation in this matter!