17 February 2008

Summer morning on February 17th

On a Sunday morning in February a girl woke up and realized how much she was missing summer. *sigh* The girl felt helpless as she had no such a power to accelerate a season change. Then she came up to a mirror, smiled at her own reflection and thought she could easily have summer on her plate that morning. And so the girl did!

People, a salad I had for brunch today was really amazing. It awoke all my senses. I really mean it. And what amused me most of all was that its ingredients were kind of ‘winterish’.

Either it’s a gene of ‘weirdness’ I’ve got or my ‘summer salad’ inspired me for provocative actions, but later on I did this...I got dressed, painted my nails red, went out for a walk and enjoyed taking photos of my own... hands! (Are your eyebrows higher than your forehead line already?) *wink, wink, wink*

Suddenly the strong northern wind blew and I found myself in a kitchen shop...Of course to get warm, what else? *sheepish expression on a girl’s face* I was browsing through the shop and saw one little cutie (read: an egg whisk) that looked so sad and lonely on a shop shelf, and I just couldn’t help (I really COULD NOT) but buying it..otherwise it would be too cruel to leave it getting cold and dusted there, wouldn’t it? *wink, wink, wink*

In other words, a finger-licking good salad for brunch, one weird photo session outdoors, a random loveable find in a kitchen shop, Crumiri*(MARVELLOUS!) made for 5 o’clock tea and a glass of chilian red wine at dinner** changed the girl’s mind, and by the end of the day the girl didn’t mind at all that it was yet a long way to go to meet summer in real...

******Potato Salad with Walnuts******
(recipe source: intuition)

Preparation time:20 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves 2


2 sweet large potatoes
1 Tsp walnuts, chopped
1 red apple, cored and cut in chunks
(red apple is for colour on your plate, though I used green one as I didn’t have any reds in stock today)
1 Tsp orange juice (with orange flesh)
Juice of one lemon
1 Tsp extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of ground coriander
1 tsp chopped fresh basil leaves
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Method (as simple as simple can be at all):

1. Get potatoes cooked in a boiling water until soft but not mushy.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a salad bowl and toss well.
3. Serve on green salad leaves.
4. ENJOY!!!

The combination of ground coriander with an apple, orange flavour and fresh basil was SO good I even couldn’t believe it! I’m telling you it was a summer breeze on my plate!! (After wolfing down the salad I rushed to my wardrobe to check out if I had enough bathing suits for summer! I've got 4 and am wondering if that'd do...*wink, wink, wink*)

*Take a look at Clotilde’s site for a recipe.
**I am still very much sober.
*wink, wink, wink*


Cinnamonda said...

Your post made me laugh! So, thanks!:) I, too, needed some summery thoughts. And the salad looks very yummy!


Cookiemouse said...

A great potato salad recipe. Coriander in moderation is such a fantastic spice and I love basil. You make me want to post my Swabian potato salad recipe.

anya said...

Tiina - I'm glad you laughed! Laugh is great! :)

Cookiemouse - please, do post your Swabian potato salad recipe!! I already love how it sounds! ;)

Toni said...

I love the combination of flavors here! This looks so much better than anything we call "potato salad" here! I will be bookmarking this post to make this. Thanks!

Kate / Kajal said...

absolutely love the salad. gr8 stuff goin on here girl ... walnuts , apples & potatoes, basil , corriander ...wow ... yum yum.

anya said...

Dear Kate and Dear Toni, thank you so much for stopping by! I'm absolutely chuffed! :)

As to the salad I even didn't expect it'd taste sooo good. *wink, wink, wink* Serendipity is a great thing! ;)

Astra Libris said...

Your story is wonderful! I love the idea of painting and then photographing your nails - how wonderfully spontaneous! I should paint my nails red more often...:-)

Your salad sounds incredible! Such a breath of fresh air and deliciousness!

btw, thank you so much for your incredibly kind comment on my post... It means a lot, especially coming from you, who is such an incredible writer! Your posts are always so beautifully vibrant!

White On Rice Couple said...

Anya, your site is so delightful! We loved reading your interview, so clever! Great use of the spices, especially coriander and basil!

anya said...

White on Rice Couple and Astra Libris, your kind words are so inspiring! It means a lot, thank you so much! REALLY!

Cinnamonda said...

Anya, I've TAGGED you! See http://cinnamonda.blogspot.com/ for more info.