Salads, Sides and Store Cupboard Essentials! Brian Jones 2018-01-09T08:28:49+00:00
Salads, Sides and Store Cupboard Essentials!
This category is a bit of a catch all, you will find everything from sides, to salads and pickles to sauces. Given that we grow a huge amount of our own produce we try and set it aside and use it throughout the barren months of winter and early spring. I try to not produce too many preserving recipes in any single year as I reckon I could post a new one every week from May through to October!
I don’t know about you guys but winter is starting to drag now and I am a little jaded by winter food so I went a plundering in my local large supermarket and came up with this grilled mango chicken salad…
If adventures in North African/Persian food defined my winter my summer has been all about pickles and salads and this pickled peach salad with ham and cheese follows on from the likes of my Panzanella and Thai Beef Salad in this seasons culinary ramblings.
I love this time of year and I love this recipe, this Smoked Mackerel Salad with Apple and Bacon is nothing more than a few good things that really work well together that have been given a little care and attention to make them sing.
Here I go again playing around with classical dishes which I am sure will horrify some. Of course a classic Caprese salad is a wonderful thing the cream milky mozzarella cheese with sweet ripe tomatoes and almost metallic basil is a match made in heaven, all I have done is added a little spinach, balsamic and popcorn… “Whoooahhhh, hold on” I hear you shout you added popcorn?
As a Brit I am almost obligated to point out that a Panzanella Salad is the second best way to use up older 'stale' bread, naturally the best way is of course bread and butter pudding... But you are pretty hard pushed to enjoy a bread and butter pudding on a summers day on a picnic, a panzanella salad on the other hand is a completely different matter, it is perfect for a picnic.
I have no idea if this harissa salmon dish is a salad or not, but given that I am not much one for labels who cares, one thing it most certainly is though, is a delightfully light yet filling summer dish rocking the spicy aromatic flavours of harissa and rosewater mixed with orange and fennel.
I cannot believe you can buy frozen Yorkshire pudding, they join the likes of frozen baked potatoes and roasted potatoes foods most ridiculous products, I am not averse to taking the odd short cut but buying frozen Yorkshire pudding to save the 90 seconds it takes to mix together 4 ingredients is mental.
I honestly think I grew up on tomato ketchup, not homemade tomato ketchup at all but I would smear that stuff on everything and if ketchup was not on offer then the chances of me turning my nose up at dinner were exceptionally high.
Tomatoes are a huge crop for us, at least 100kg every year and whilst they are lovely fresh preserving them as tomato passata give us that wonderful tomato flavour right the way through until we are ready to harvest the following year.
For me a pasta salad is the perfect picnic food, so when we shirk work in the garden this Saturday after consuming too much beer on Friday to go to a thermal spa I figured I would knock up a batch of my favourite BLT pasta salad and take a picnic with us.
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