Thursday, May 10, 2007

Lucky People with Loaded Fridges



And yesterday, I was one of them. Guess I should be - or at least I should know I am - seeing I'm the one doing most of our grocery shopping. But you know how it is: sometimes, the fridge and vegetable basket is just one big, blank, empty nothing. Either that, or my brain is one big: but how on earth can I put these things together and make them into something good?

Last night, my brain was my friend (maybe it's all the studying I've been doing lately that's making it try harder?) and the fridge was well stocked with jewels of spring. So I had this for dinner: freshly shelled peas, avocado, finely sliced radishes, baby salad leaves, cucumber, croutons and crumbled bacon. A spritz of lemon, a glug of good olive oil, salt, pepper - and a spoonful of homemade mayo for the croutons. Welcome back in my kitchen, spring!:-)

12 comments:

Cathy said...

What a beautiful salad Zarah - nothing better than the bounty of spring (and summer). I hope to hit the farmers' market soon and experience some of that spring loveliness for myself!

Katie B. said...

Looks delicious! I know the feeling - the pressure to make something amazing with what you have... but it looks like you did a great job!

joey said...

What a lovely mix of veggies you've got there! I know the feeling of having a lot of "odds and ends" to deal with :)

Debbie said...

You're inspiring me to keep expanding my garden...

Zarah Maria said...

Cathy - If only I had a farmers' market... If only I had one... Good thing I have reliable vegetable people down the street, but I certainly would give my right arm for a farmers' market. One day, maybe?

Katie B - Thank you! Just popped by your blog, loved the concept:-) Yes, the pressure - and sometimes, it ends with a cheese sandwich, sometimes like this. I love it when it ends like this :)

Joey - in this case, very nice odds end ends - the worst part is when it's something like cold rice and shoddy salad leaves. And ketchup :)

Debbie - I take that as a compliment. And am not at all jealous of you having a garden, nooooo ;)

Culinary Cowgirl said...

Gorgeous salad - truly a breath of spring!

Andreea said...

oh this looks delicious. you have just inspired me for my next shopping trip/ spring salad.
oh and i totally know the empty bag feeling :)

Deborah Dowd said...

Your salad looks wonderful, and you are so right about the return of spring and the sights and smells it brings... asparagus, fresh greens that still smell of the earch, scallions, strawberries sweetened by the sun, not greenhouse lights!

Newyorkerbyheart said...

Uhh, det ser godt ud :-)

h. said...

Mmm. This sounds great! I have a Dansk question that you might be able to answer. When I was in secondary school, one of my good friends was Danish. I remember one birthday, having the luck to wake up to birthday cake (and birthday song - Er deg va der Holly's feuselsdeg, houra!). We dined on apfel...skeje? (the round apple dumpling-y type balls made in that special pan). Anyhow, other than the apfelskeje, my favourite memory of their house was when mum Grethe would make 'kleine'. They were a basic dough, with cardamom and lemon rind in it, rolled flat, cut into diamonds with a slit through the middle. The top of the diamond would be pulled through the middle, making a kind of 'knot' which would then be deep fried quickly and sprinkled with powdered sugar. I swear, they wouldn't last more than a day in the house, and they were so subtly delicious, with the lemon and cardamom flavours mingling.... Do you have any idea what I am talking about? This may not be a strictly Dansk recipe [with a german name!], however, I am wondering if it is a common one?

Patricia Scarpin said...

Your salad looks great and refreshing!

Zarah Maria said...

Culinary Cowgirl - Thank you!

Andreaa - I like being an inspiration. I could grow used to that!;-)

Deborah - mmm, yes, the smell of spring!

NewYorkerByHeart - Tak!:-)

H. - Klejner? There's a recipe right here on my site - just do a search, I'm sure you'll find it! Or find it under the DANSK tag. Indeed, it's pretty common around here and I love 'em!

Patricia - thank you!