Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's Summer Somewhere

It may be getting chilly here and the first flakes of snow have made an appearance so it is hard to believe that on the other side of the world they are beginning their summer season. A read a few blogs from down under and one of my favourites is Ada and Darcy. It is so refreshing to see lots of bright colour and sun filled rooms when here on the east coast the sun goes down at the depressingly early time of 4:30.

Recently I was reading an excerpt from the New Zealand food magazine Dish and found these beautiful photos as well as some great recipes for salad dressing.

This page looks all funky and hard to read on my monitor so I've retyped the recipes below.

Flat Leaf Parsley, Smoked Paprika and Lemon

1/4 c flat leaf parsley
zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
4 tbsp olive oil
salt and fresh ground pepper

Place ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

 Shallot, Red Wine Vinegar and Grain Mustard

1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp grain mustard
4 tbsp olive oil
1 small shallot, very finely chopped
salt and fresh ground pepper

Whisk the vinegar, garlic, mustard and oil in a bowl, add the shallots, salt and pepper.

Tarragon, Orange and Honey

1 tsp finely grated orange zest
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp honey
1 clove garlic, crushed 
1 tsp finely chopped fresh tarragon
4 tbsp olive oil
salt and fresh ground pepper

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl.

I made the Tarragon, Orange and Honey recipe and it was very good. I doubled the recipe and stored it in the fridge for use throughout the week. I knew my family would not like too much orange zest so I adjusted the amount to just a pinch. I served it over lettuce greens with avocado and pecans and everyone loved the tangy sweetness.


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