Salad season is starting.
I know, most of you probably eat salads all year long.
- We eat lettuce and spinach when they’re in season. For spinach that’s spring and fall; for lettuce, that’s late spring through mid-summer
- I’m not in the mood for salads in winter. In winter I want soups, stews and risottos.
Here’s our first salad.
I love salad season!
Spinach Salad with Sausages, Peppers and Feta
Total time: 20 minutes
- 4 – 6 sausages, 10oz total weight (300gr)
- 6oz (180gr) spinach
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 4oz (120gr) cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 4 green garlic, sliced, including green tops
- 1/4 cup Greek olives, sliced
- 2oz (60gr) feta, crumbled
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tbs fresh oregano leaves
- 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 3 tbs lemon vinegar
- 4 tbs salad olive oil
- Fry sausages.
- When done, remove from skillet and slice into 1″ (2.5cm) lengths.
- Drain fat and add 2 tsp olive oil.
- Add peppers and sauté 5 minutes.
- Add mushrooms, green garlic and sauté 3 minutes longer.
- Put spinach and herbs in a large salad bowl
- Add half the vinaigrette and toss lightly.
- Add sausages, peppers, mushrooms and green garlic. Toss gently
- Taste and add more vinaigrette as desired.
- Add olives, feta, toss once or twice and serve.
- Combine mustard, vinegar in a bowl and whisk well.
- Slowly drizzle in olive oil whisking constantly so that the dressing emulsifies (gets thick).
Our friend from Spain will be stopping back again this week. on his way from the UK back to Spain.
One of his favorite quotes is that the UK and the US are two nations divided by a common language. (usually attributed to George Bernard Shaw).
I’m not talking about the usual examples – like car components: trunk v boot, hood v bonnet, windshield v windscreen.
Or even the British habit of using plural verbs with singular nouns – referring to a rugby match between England and France: England are winning.
I’m talking about the pronunciations that drive us, personally, crazy.
He once asked me why I refused to pronounce ‘h’s.
His example was the word “herb’ which I pronounce ‘erb’.
He said, rather loudly, ‘There’s an H in it’.
At which time I asked him about Prince Charles – the ‘eir’ not ‘heir’ to the throne.
For pasta: we say ‘p-ah-sta, (rhyming with ‘aahhhh); he says p-a-sta (rhyming with cat).
For the color: w say ‘ah-qua; he says ‘a’ qua.
Going the other way….
For the lawn: we say ‘grass’ (rhyming with cat); he says gr-ah-ss.
Rather than a shower: we say bath; he says b-ah-th.
It’s mainly with words having an ‘a’ in them but, isn’t it strange that we always seems to be opposite?
I have to quit now – I just realized we’re having a spectacular sunset, which we often do in summer here….
Must go lose myself in it.