Now this salad is in response to the weather today. Summer has yet to happen in this part of East Anglia – and according to the calendar we are nearly in autumn! There is a rumour that the sun does still shine – somewhere. Meanwhile I have piled on the socks and layers and put a bit of sunshine colour on a plate. And ever the artist, there’s even an accent colour in there to add a bit of extra warmth. So, without further ado:
- A few lettuce leaves
- 2 tablespoons sweet corn (straight from a tin – so no mucking about)
- 1 spring onion, sliced
- 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons pineapple, cubed
- 1 satsuma
- a few black olives
- 1 small cooked beetroot, cubed
- 1 tablespoon feta cheese, crumbled
- good olive oil, cider vinegar, grainy mustard dressing
Put everything except beetroot, feta and sumac in a bowl. Toss with dressing and pile onto a plate. Put beetroot on top (don’t mix in because the colour goes everywhere and completely mucks up the look – and we don’t want that, do we!) Crumble the feta on top of the beetroot and sprinkle the now monumental pile with sumac.
And thinking of piles, I have just checked on the “Puffballs Progress”. It is ever increasing, in spite of it being premature. It is going to have to be plucked and eaten soon because there is another massive one nearby. Mushroom recipes needed – urgently! I’m sure Hogarth never had this problem with The Rake’s Progress. p.s. If ever you want to waste a bit of time in London, then I can recommend a trip to the Sir John Soane’s Museum http://www.soane.org to see the said canvases. Bawdy, brilliant and definitely more interesting than a bloated bit of fungus. But I digress – now I must eat the salad.