Life is good, lunch proved it today…

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Life is good, lunch proved it today...

And it was really so simple. As are all the best things in life. I bought some marvellous kiln smoked salmon from a local farm shop and served it with a salad that was light, but satisfying and sexy, as all the best salads are. Pea shoots, baby spinach, rocket and lambs lettuce formed the bed to which I added halved cherry tomatoes, sliced fennel and baby buffalo mozzarella balls. I drizzled my own salad dressing over, lightly – 3 tbsps olive oil, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 tsp og dijon mustard and a little salt and black pepper.

We had a little olive and sun dried tomato focaccia on the side and the flavours overall were immense. Just sitting here waiting for supper now – neck fillet of lamb in red wine with mint. Wood fire is roaring away and all well with the world – well this particular corner of the world. Happy Wednesday.

Meatless Monday….

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Meatless Monday....

All the remaining pork from yesterday’s luscious pork loin had been hoovered up either last night or at lunch today so supper ce soir was a frugal affair…. but just as tasty for all that! It was another eve of ‘what is there lurking in the fridge’…..what could be cobbled together to be toothsome and taste bud tingling? Ah! There was half a fennel bulb – and in close proximity a superb solitary salad onion – stood up yesterday but now in favour! And of course there were still 5 or 6 flavoursome tomatoes from the weekend. I whizzed up a simple vinaigrette – chopped up the onion, sliced the toms and finely diced the fennel. All was lovingly mixed together and i served it with croutons – as i had 4 gorgeous small rolls from Saturday left – I had made a salmon mousse for a light lunch and filled the rolls with it – so those that remained tonight I cut into rounds and pan fried in a fragrant olive oil. Result is as the pic above. Plus a few more basil leaves! It was fabulous and alarmingly simple.

Then I recalled that I had made a jar of pesto early Saturday morning, not wishing to waste a large bunch of basil I had on the window sill. And clearly not being in a mood to lie in!

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So it came to the rescue and we had it with linguine and more snowfalls of parmesan. Phew! I had sorted supper after all – I just didn’t know it at the time!

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Pick and mix salad lunch…

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Pick and mix salad lunch...

Healthy mode today – my wife recuperating from an op so I decided to go for a big salad with cold meats and anchovies on the side. Managed to source some superb Pane Pugliese on my shopping travels this morning – toasted and drizzled with olive oil it was a fine partner to the affair, I served mortadella, serrano ham, two varieties of Italian salami and some superb cold rare beef left over from yesterday.

The salad plate was a pick and mix – lettuce and cucumber in the centre, and around it, vine tomatoes and basil, radishes, fennel sliced in lemon juice, French salad onions finely sliced – then I drizzled over my own échalotes vinaigrette – 5 tbsps sunflower oil, 2 tbsps white wine vinegar – 1 tbsp dijon mustard and 2 small échalotes finely chopped and a dash of black pepper and rock salt to taste. Pop it all in a small jar with a lid and shake like there is no tomorrow.

Surprising how filling it all was – and it was lovely spending quality time with my family at the table at lunch time.