Friday, January 8, 2010

A "crunchy" start to 2010 (no I'm not talking about hippies)

Photo montage from our low-key New Year's Eve dinner. I've included the recipe for this amazing simple yet delicious salad we made. (P.S. I know it looks like I'm trying to slip Gabe tongue in that one photo on the top right. I was. My apologies.)

(Jamie Oliver's) Moorish Crunch Salad serves 4

300g carrots, peeled
150g radishes
2 crunchy eating apples
1 small handful of raisins or sultanas
1 handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
1 handful of fresh mint, roughly chopped
4 tablespoons sherry or red wine vinegar
8 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted in the oven

First of all, finely slice your carrots into matchstick-sized batons. Finely slice your radishes – you can leave a little of the tops on if you like. Quarter your apples, remove the cores and finely slice. Add all these to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients, apart from the sesame seeds. Toss together, carefully checking the seasoning, and serve with the sesame seeds sprinkled over the top. Eat straight away.

Try this: Turn it into a warm salad by adding some pan-seared chicken, prawns or scallops which have been dusted with a little paprika.

And this: Make it more of a snack by frying some halloumi cheese until golden with some chopped fresh chilli and crumbling this over the top.

Or this: Grill some pitta bread and serve stuffed with the Crunch Salad. Crumble in some feta cheese too. Lovely.


JAB said...

Adorable-ness. Just adorable. And that salad sounds awesome.

Dylan Gaughan said...

Is there anything better than seared/grilled brussels sprouts? I think not. If you ever come to Omaha (ha!), I'll have to take you to my favorite place for 'em.