Sunday, 26 April 2009

Salad days

Celeriac is one of my favourite vegetables but there aren't too many recipes for it. I usually make it into a mash. The weather's been lovely today so I concocted this salad.

1 whole celeriac
The juice and zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon of capers
1/4 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
3 slices mature goats cheese

Peel and grate the celeriac and mix with the lemon juice
Stir in the rest of the ingredients, crumbling the goats cheese.
Eat and enjoy.

I also made a beetroot salad. I met up with some friends last night for cocktails and tried an unusual beetroot and passion fruit one which was delicious. It was quite strange tasting beetroot and passion fruit together but it worked.

I made my salad by mixing grated beetroot, finely sliced red onions, lemon juice and zest and a hint of chilli but something was lacking. I would have added a splash of vodka but the only vodka we have left is mixed with jelly, a leftover from our Halloween party. I improvised and used Ricard instead. At first the Ricard overpowered everything else but I let the mix sit for an hour and it mellowed very nicely.

Making salads also gave me the opportunity to use my Tiki salad servers which my friend Caroline in New Zealand sent to me. Kitsch, cultural and useful. Perfect.

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