The Anonymous Widower

Serial Cooking – Goat’s Cheese, Strawberry And Basil Salad

I found this unusual salad in a book called The Salad Bowl by Nicola Graimes.

Don’t go easy on the pepper!

June 12, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , , | Leave a comment

A Quick Salad

I’m not a lover of traditional salads. So here’s a goat’s cheese, strawberry and basil salad from the Salad Bowl by Nicola Graimes.

I didn’t show the crumbling of the cheese, as I only have two hands. I just used a fork to scrape the cheese out of the packet.

I must do some more out of the book.

Green salads are so boring.

August 7, 2016 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

An Unusual Supper- Goat’s Cheese, Strawberry And Basil Salad

Usually, I have fruit with a main course for my supper. Partly because of laziness, but C also preferred fruit rather than cooking something. My mother-in-law was also someone who cooked compulsory heavy puddings and although I hadn’t been diagnosed as a coeliac before she died, much to her annoyance, I always refused to have any. I wonder why? So for many years my pudding was strawberries, raspberries, pineapple or mango, with or without ice crem or lately yoghurt.

I am also not a particular lover of salad, but I do know that I should eat more. It’s the green leaves I’m not struck on, but but on the other hand, I eat most green vegetables, except pak choi. The latter is on the banned list, as I seemed to get it every day in hospital in Hong Kong. On the other hand, I could eat sprouts all day.

So when I got my copy of The Times this morning and it said that the comic would have a lot of salads, I took a detailed look at the cover.

A Strawberry Salad

A Strawberry Salad

Is that a salad I see before me without any lettuce, that uses strawberries as the main ingredient?

On opening the paper, I found it was a goat’s cheese, strawberry and basil salad. As I had all the ingredient’s in my kitchen and some ham hock to go with it, I thought I’d give it a go.

I don’t think there would be any chance, it would gluten me, let alone kill me!

After all if it had been disgusting, I could have always put mustard on the ham hock and eaten the strawberries au natural.

But it was absolutely delicious! All I need now is an attractive lady to sample it with me, when I cook it again!

I think that I might buy The Salad Bowl by Nicola Graimes. It might contain another equally delicious and unusual salad.

I’ll certainly go to Waterstones tomorrow, to try before I buy!

June 6, 2015 Posted by | Food | | 2 Comments

Quiche, Scotch Egg And My Favourite Salad Vegetables

This was my lunch and the Scotch egg and quiche came from Marks and Spencer.

It must be at least fifteen years since I’ve had a Scotch egg.

Quiche, Scotch Egg And My Favourite Salad Vegetables

Quiche, Scotch Egg And My Favourite Salad Vegetables

But it was a good one.

If you’re worried I don’t get enough greens, I had a salad nicoise for supper.

July 5, 2014 Posted by | Food | , , | 1 Comment

My Sort Of Salad

I don’t really like lettuce and other green leaves in salad. This was my lunch yesterday of one of quiches from this post.

My Sort Of Salad

My Sort Of Salad

I eat a lot of cooked green vegetables, like spinach and cabbage. But when it comes to lettuce, it’s something that I’m happy to leave to the rabbits, so that they’re nice and large, when I eat them.

July 2, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | 3 Comments

A Supper Of Odds And Ends

Supper tonight was one of those made up from what was left in the fridge.

A Supper Of Odds And Ends

A Supper Of Odds And Ends

The quiche was cold and half of one of Marks and Spencer’s new gluten-free ones. It’s funny, but going back, I think I’ve always preferred quiches cold. Are other people the same?

The tomatoes were delicious and had come via the De Beauvoir Deli from the Tomato Stall in one of England’s South Sea Islands. There were no air miles involved, if you’re worried!

The beetroot was a late-in-the-day reduction special at Waitrose and the asparagus was from Worcestershire and although it was tasty, it’ll probably be the last English we’ll see until 2015!

The gluten-free beer was German via Beers of Europe at Kings Lynn.

Note that I passed on any lettuce.  I’m not a rabbit!

June 27, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

Wot! No Potatoes!

I bought an egg and potato side salad in Waitrose this morning for my lunch today.

Wot! No Potatoes!

I’d half put it on the plate, when I noticed it had lots of tomatoes and no potatoes.

I was in the Islington branch today and showed them the photo.  They gave me another one, which I’ll have for lunch with some smoked salmon.

August 15, 2012 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

I Can Only Take So Much Lettuce

For lunch today, I had some smoked salmon and one of Waitrose’s potato and egg side salads.  I don’t eat all the lettuce, but all the others bits like tomatoes and cucumber do get devoured.

So why do we put so much lettuce in a salad? Perhaps, it’s to feed our pet rabbits? I don’t have one!

August 7, 2012 Posted by | Food | , , , | Leave a comment

Bacon and Egg Salad – Part 2

I cooked the Bacon and Egg Salad, that I put up yesterday.

It was good and here’s picture to prove it.

Bacon and Egg Salad

Bacon and Egg Salad

Note that I used some Antoinette Saville gluten free bread for the croutons.  They were fine, although I left them in the oven for slightly too long.

The salad was very good though!

July 19, 2009 Posted by | Food | , | 1 Comment

Bacon and Egg Salad

This is another recipe by Sybil Kapoor in The Times.

Again, I haven’t tried it, but it looks like a good alternative to Salad Nicoise.  I have changed the bread to a couple of slices of gluten-free bread.  I use my own bread, which I make in a breadmaker using Dr. Schar’s Mix-B breadmix.

This is the quantities for four.

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 7 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 thick slices of ordinary white or sourdough bread – Change for gluten-free
  • 450g green beans, trimmed
  • 1 crisp green lettuce, such as batavia
  • 1 tbsp white- or red-wine vinegar
  • 4 free-range eggs, medium
  • 200g back bacon, trimmed and diced

And this is how you make it.

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. In a bowl, grind the garlic with a little salt and mix in 1 tbsp olive oil. Cut the crusts off the sliced bread, then cut the bread into walnut-sized chunks and toss in the garlic oil, so they are well coated. Place on a baking sheet and put in the oven for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. If the oven is dodgy, lightly fry in a little extra oil until crisp.
  2. Top and tail the beans and drop into a pan of boiling water. Boil vigorously for 7 minutes, or until tender. Drain and cool by spreading out onto a plate lined with kitchen paper.
  3. Remove and discard the outer leaves of the lettuce. Separate and wash the inner leaves, then dry in a tea towel, and rip the larger leaves into smaller pieces. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar and 3 tbsp oil. Season to taste and mix in the beans.
  5. Bring a pan of water to the boil and gently lower in the eggs. Keep the water simmering rather than vigorously boiling and cook for 6 minutes for a well-set white but moist yolk. Allow a minute longer if fresh-laid, chilled, or if you want them slightly more cooked. Drain, crack and cool slightly under the cold tap.
  6. Set a frying pan over a medium heat. Add 3 tbsp olive oil and, once hot, add the bacon and fry briskly for 5 minutes, or until crispy. Mix the bacon into the beans with the lettuce and croutons.
  7. Quickly peel and halve the eggs. Mix into the salad and serve immediately.

It sounds good to me.

July 18, 2009 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment