phenomenal carrot salad

My camera’s playing up and it’s kinda frustrating.

I’m trying to bake and photograph a vanilla buttercake decorated in a festive style for Christmas for you. But my camera is playing up.

I’m sure it doesn’t help that it’s a point and shoot from about 2006. And I may have dropped it more than once in it’s long and fairly faithful lifetime.

But still. I just need it to hold out for oh, about six more months? Six months, people. Six months. Then (all going well) I’ll be getting a DSLR.

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avocado orange salad

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. ┬áThere’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.]

So make salad. If you need a pep talk, try Tea and Cookies. Joy has some good salads too.

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.

spring salad

Real Life: I had salad for lunch AND dinner today.

It’s true. And it was delicious.

I’ve gotten into the habit of making myself a salad for lunch at work. I work at a cafe, so we get lunches for free and we make them ourselves. (That’s why I don’t have a picture of my lunch salad. I ate it at work. It was really good.)

It is going to be the summer of salads. I can feel it.

And juice. I made juice. Apple and pineapple and mint juice. De-licious.

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