Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Demolishing pop culture claims regarding friends and salad

Some people say you don't make friends with salad.

These people are usually men. These people are wrong. Wrong.

See just then I could have linked their "wrongness" to the masculinity, but I chose not to, because that is a logical fallacy. If I was still studying Philosophy at uni I'd be able to tell you what kind of logical fallacy that is. But I'm not. And apparently I retain exam-crammed information like elderly pelvic floor muscles retain liquid.

The moral of my story is this: salads can be friendship inducing (or it will be the moral, at the conclusion of this blog... PS this blog doesn't technically end until you make and try one of the below listed salads... it's MAGIC LIKE THAT.)

So next time you're preparing your nutritious dinner of steak with a side of steak , or asked to "bring a salad" to a barbeque (and it always feels like a bit of a cop out to me when people bring:
1)the ol' green salad "oh, I see you bought some tomatoes and lettuce and put it in a bowl? Thanks, next time, why don't you just not come" OR
2) shop-bought-likely-ten-to-seventy-day old salmonella salad with a potatoslashpastaslashmayonnaise seasoning and other questionably coloured ingredients that do not bear any resemblance to what the sticker on the lid promises... )

Why not bust out one of these bad boys instead? They're a little convention breaking, they're something a bit different that'll make people ask: who made this?
Or can I have the recipe?
Or maybe just induce silent salad-related admiration

And these people might be hot women.
Just saying.

Also: if you aren't interested in hot women (ie maybe you're a non-lesbian woman, or don't find hot women attractive) then these are just good recipes. Tried, trusted, requested, delicious.

Pear and Walnut Salad (with a twist)

You need...
2 pears
400g rocket/roquette
150g blue cheese diced (or shaved parmesan if people are fuss cakes)
1 cup of marsala
1/2 a cup of honey
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
50g walnut pieces

And then?

Cut the pear into pieces (diced or thinnish wedges) then you brown them in a really hot pan.

Then pour over the marsala and honey.

Reduce it slightly, then take the pears out.

Then reduce the marsala and honey til it's thicker.

Throw the walnuts in and wait for them to sort of caramelise in the marsala and honey, don't let it all burn, but the sauce should thicken a fair bit....

Put that all aside to cool.

When you serve it you just chuck everything together and dress with a combo of the balsamic and olive oil.

Chickpea Salad
Sounds and is simple, don't be deceived. I guarantee this is one you'll make again and again and again.

1/2 capsicum (any colour will do)
1 red onion (half a large or one small)
2 tins of chickpeas
1 tin butter beans
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch fresh coriander/ cilantro
1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce

Just dice up the caps and onion and coriander, drain the chickpeas and butter beans, chuck everything together and toss.


Got a great salad recipe to share with the world? Send it to me, or post it here!

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