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Dad’s Summer Salad

Dad's Summer Salad

Dad was a great man for the frying pan, he loved a good old fry up and made the tastiest Irish Potato Bread ever. He wasn’t a man for salads but during the summer months you would find him busy in the kitchen, putting together this simple yet tasty salad… which I call, Dad’s Summer Salad.Boston Lettuce-Tomato-Spring Onion-Egg

Ingredients are few and the salad is best made with the soft buttery leaves of Boston lettuce. One of my essential kitchen tools when making salads is a salad spinner, takes all the work out of drying washed lettuce leaves. Use the freshest eggs possible and if you manage to get eggs from happy hens, even better. There is no need to make a salad dressing, juice released from the chopped tomatoes is enough to lightly coat the salad ingredients when tossed together. Best to choose fully ripened tomatoes. It really is that simple and a perfect salad if you are watching the calories… although we never made it for that reason.

Summer Salad with Brown BreadServe Dad’s summer salad on top of thick slices of home-made wholemeal bread for a quick-lunch or use this salad as a filling for making salad sandwiches, using the freshest sliced white or brown bread. I often serve salad sandwiches along with some sweet treats for afternoon tea and they have always gone down a treat. This salad is fresh and light and made from memories of warm summer days, produce from the garden or farmers markets, eggs from happy hens and of course Dad’s recipe… can only taste the best.

Dad’s Summer Salad

Ingredients:

  • I Boston lettuce head, torn or cut into bite sized pieces (weighing about 160g)
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 or 2 spring onions (white and green part), finely sliced
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and roughly chopped
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season
  • slices of home-made wholemeal bread, to serve

How to make:

Add the lettuce, tomato and spring onion into a salad bowl, gently toss together. Next, add the eggs and a light seasoning of salt and black pepper. Again gently toss until just mixed. Over mixing will make the salad look very messy as the eggs will break down further. Serve at once with some wholemeal brown bread. Serves 4

valentine’s day garnish

Flowers, chocolates ( yes please ) and dining are always high on the menu for Valentine’s Day and many people love to mark the occasion. But then, there are some who would rather stay at home and not get caught up in the hype. If flowers and chocolates are not for you and you find the whole romance thing a bit much, you could always garnish your food with a subtle touch of romance. Remember when Richard Gere in the movie “Shall We Dance” came up the escalators with a single red rose… well you can place your single edible rose on what ever your heart or stomach desires.

Cherry Tomato Rose

Ingredients:

  • firm cherry tomatoes (or you can use bigger tomatoes)
  • chives or parsley stalks
  • mint leaves or parsley leaves

How to make: Using a sharp paring knife cut thinly into the top of the tomato creating a base for the rose, which should still be attached to the tomato. Continue cutting a thin spiral strip around the tomato just under the skin.

Roll the strip of tomato skin up and onto the base to form the rose.

Fresh chives or parsley stalks can be use for the stem, fresh mint leaves or parsley for the leaves. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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