November 30, 2010 in Salads
Yesterday was the first real summer’s day of the season here in Hermanus and Ya Ya Sister had every Rasta and Bergie she could hire off the streets to help complete the braai patio at the back next to the pool. At sunset we stood on the deck in front of the cottage watching the flamingos taking a long circular flight of fancy from the dam near the Onrus shopping centre to the mountain and back, splashing the mountain with their well-known salmon pink wings. Clearly, they were celebrating summer with us. And clearly, Sister has not made the connection yet with her ‘braai patio’ and red meat… but I will keep you posted as to the kind of food that the patio serves …
For now, she is off the fad diet. Completely. I even made green bean lamb bredie this weekend and she had two huge portions and the following day the left overs, over and over again! I also made a venison pie and ditto: several portions later she declared that meat is really more satisfying than nuts and dried fruit and bean sprouts. I smiled and had a long sip of my Bloody Mary … in fact, I had another whole one!
I am sure this will not last. Maybe through December’s high days… but watch this space, comes January and we’d be juicing bitter veggies and nibbling nuts again…!
Meanwhile, I whipped out every salad recipe I had ever written and today, I share a few with you. At times, I really do not feel like boring old leafy salads so I conjured up many ways with veggies to serve cold as salads. I find with a ‘solid’ salad made with loads of interesting ‘food’ ingredients, you can get away with a hearty salad and a protein such as grilled or roast fish, lamb, pork or beef and there – summer on a plate! These kinds of meals are always a hit and so, here goes.
Blue ‘n Green Herb Salad
Julienne Salad dressed with Honey, Mint & Lime
Tomato, pea & cheese salad
Grilled Cauliflower & Onion Salad with Tomato-Garlic Vinaigrette