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Elizabeth, of blog from OUR kitchen has tagged me!
It’s the name meme!
List one fact, word or tidbit that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your first or middle name. You can theme it to your blog or make it general.
Kitchen. I almost had my dream kitchen. It was in the big pink house that we wanted to buy in Ireland. We went to see it in December and the only room in the entire Edwardian monstrosity that was warm was the kitchen. The room was about the size of our current house and was heated by a big, bright red Aga; the 2 burner, 4 oven, burns wood kind of Aga. Off to one side was a huge trestle table that could seat a hundred or so and on the other was a ratty, overstuffed sofa…with a big tabby cat curled up in the corner. Mittens and socks hung over one of the open oven doors. I wanted that kitchen! It did not have an ‘efficient work triangle’; there wasn’t one thing remotely modern or practical about it. I still want that kitchen.
Anal-retentive. Well, I’m trying to get over it but I do tend to be a bit, uh, shall we say, um, precise? And it goes without saying that I’m always right! I thought I was wrong once…..
I was mistaken….
Tenacious. Determined. I don’t give up easily…even though, sometimes, I should….see above!
Ecstatic! Look what I found today!!!!! CRANBERRIES!
There was a day when it would take a new piece of jewelry (expensive) or an impromptu getaway somewhere warm that would get me this excited.
Now, it’s CRANBERRIES! After I found them, tucked a bit out of the way, I went back twice for more bags (5 total) then ran around the store trying to remember the recipe for Cranberry Bread, sauce, etc. In all fairness (to me) I do love them…And it’s been 11 years! Now Christmas will really seem like Christmas!
The lovely Truffle of What’s On My Plate (and who’s made a gorgeous Trifle for this week’s WHB) is hosting Weekend Herb Blogging, founded by the talented Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen.
When I was a little girl we went up into the hills and gathered hickory nuts and butternuts in the fall. My mother would crack big baskets full with a hammer. All through November she would sit with a bowl on her lap in the evening; picking out nutmeats, getting ready to do the Christmas baking. I would help…until she made me stop. It could have been the eating of the nutmeats rather than putting them in the bowl that was the problem
I have my own trees here, 2 English walnut and 2 hazelnut.
I still love nuts.
Fortunately they are incredibly good for us. They’re full of manganese, vitamin E and healthy fats. Walnuts, in particular have an abundance of omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for our cardiovascular health. Even though they are high in fat they are a healthy addition to our diets and may even encourage weight loss!
I don’t remember when the first time I had nuts, dates and chevre (goat’s cheese) together.
There is something about the combination that, in my mind, is near perfect. Right up there with bacon and eggs, tomatoes and basil, lamb and rosemary, foie gras and Sauternes!
This is a simple salad, perfect for a first course!
3 – 4 oz fresh spinach
3 – 4 oz mache or lamb’s lettuce or other lettuce
aged goat cheese (chevre) 3 oz (100 gr)
10 – 12 dates
2 oz (60gr) walnut halves or hazelnuts, almonds, any mix
1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
3 tbs olive oil – the good stuff
Wash spinach and lettuce if necessary, tear and put into a bowl. Whisk together vinegar and mustard. Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly until vinaigrette is thick and creamy. Add 2 tbs to the greens and toss well to coat – tongs work well. Taste, add more dressing as desired. Arrange salad on 2 plates. Slice goat cheese in rounds or wedges. Arrange the goat cheese, dates and nuts around the salad.
Be sure to visit Truffle at What’s On My Plate on Monday for the round-up of all of this week’s wonderful recipes.
ps – not too late to join Seasoned Eatings!
pps – don’t forget to share your embarrassing food moments!