I decided not to do NaNoWriMo this year.
It makes me a little sad, because I really really really enjoyed the whole process last year of discovering a whole book within me and trying, teeth gritted, white-knuckled, to extricate it and put it on paper. It’s still in unfinished, unedited, partially untyped form. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m writing a novel.
I have always loved to write. I started this blog to write, and I made it a food blog because I love food. I love to make it and I love to share it. And National Novel Writing Month has given me that same opportunity in a completely different way.
Just a quick post because I’m supposed to be writing a novel.
This post is about SALAD! Salad is good for you. Spring and summer are all about the salad, kind of like winter is all about the soup.
[It's good to be writing something that has nothing to do with my novel. I'll be getting back to it soon, though.]
I love this salad so much I’ve had it three times since I discovered it on Joy the Baker’s beautiful site. There’s so much you can do with it!
I don’t have a photo of the first time because I took it from my sister’s camera and I forgot to get it from her. But it had sesame seeds scattered over and buttermilk in the dressing. We kind of had to scoff it down though because we went to see a movie together, after we’d been to Camberwell Market and bought pretty shoes. And daisies.
The second time, I had it for dinner. As did I the third time. (watching episodes of Firefly for the first time. Where were you my entire life, please?)
The dressing makes a lot but that’s an excellent excuse to make it again. And again. And again.
The first time we went pretty traditional, just swapping the romaine for baby spinach (I heard you kinda like it) and switching up the dressing a tad, adding some of the thousands of sesame seeds she had in her cupboard. The second time, I had greens from the garden and an orange and half an avocado and it was really good.
The third time, the ONLY photos I have because I just discovered I lost my photos from the second time, I had baby avocados and blood oranges and flaked almonds and rocket from the farmer’s market.
I love farmer’s markets. This one, I was kinda tired because I’d had a girl’s night the night before. [girl's nights are fun. Also, bourbon gives you courage. It's a good thing.]
Or you can just make this one a few times, or a few times more or a few times more after that.
Avocado and Orange Salad
Adapted from Joy the Baker
As you probably could tell from the descriptions I gave you of my other salads, you can do a lot with this one. I still want to try it with romaine lettuce, maybe with some different citrus. Grapefruit, lime, tangerine, mandarin. Chuck some cashews on top? You’re a genius. I love you. Put an egg yolk in your dressing? (Just as long as you aren’t pregnant! If you are, congratulations, but don’t eat raw eggs. Yet.) I’m going to give you Joy’s recipe, my method, and implore you to use your own imagination.
Have fun, salad eaters!
For the salad:
1 large head of romaine lettuce
1 navel orange, segmented
2 ripe avocados, sliced
a handful of fresh, chopped flat leaf parsley (optional)
For the dressing:
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 small garlic clove, finely minced
2 teaspoons honey
1 egg yolk (or 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt)
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and coarse ground black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
To segment the orange: Slice off the top and bottom of the skin so that the flesh shows. Use a knife to slice the skin off the sides, moving from the top down. Slice in between the natural segments at an angle, and you will find a segment pop out.
Roughly chop and rinse the lettuce, and shake dry. Scatter the segmented orange, sliced avocado and any other bits and pieces you want to over the top. Drizzle with dressing, and scoff down voraciously.
To make the dressing: Place all ingredients except olive oil, salt and pepper in a jar. Place the lid on and shake well. Add olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Twist the lid tight and shake well. Drizzle over your salad. The dressing will last a few days in the fridge, probably up to a week.