A Beach Cottage Does Blueberries in Salad
Wed 6th, Oct, 2010
Wow you are back here even after seeing me with no make-up & painting clothes ;-)
I love sharing recipes, the hasty scribbling down of ingredients, the reading of others’ cookbooks and now for me the very unexpected side-effect of Facebooking…sharing what we are cooking and eating in our everyday lives as mums and wives or single gals…be it a tuna sandwich or an unknown and exciting new delight such as one I learned recently, namely, ‘Dirty Rice’….we seem to talk a whole lot about food over there.
But Facebook, however, is not where I discovered this nod to a recipe and I have to admit right now, truth be known I never thought I would be sharing a green salad recipe with blueberries in it for as a rule I don’t so much love fruit with savoury.
Here though I came upon this in the most perfect of settings…propped on a stool at the kitchen bench with a drink…watching..
I was, actually over for dinner at the house of the mum of an Aussie friend of mine…
And as she pottered with the meat & started cutting up avocado we talked about a crumble-type pudding she’d made for me on another occasion and as we chatted she pulled down from a shelf high above an old school exercise book, I nearly cried out, so up my alley…all brown and weathered and aged…crisp as the 50 yr old pages turned….inside were handwritten recipes with notations scribbled on at a later date, clippings from newspapers over the years and pages gathered from magazines with scribbled additions here & there.
I loved this old book & am constantly on the lookout for them while I thrift…something about a collection of recipes gathered through time…best thing being, it by-passes that irritating trendy-food thing going on…
Anyway, as I was copying out the crumble recipe she continued with the salad…chopping and adding….and then out came the blueberries…ooh said I, this salad looks fabulous! And continued to badger her with questions. But as one of those with the talent to not only amalgamate beautiful home-cooking with calming hostess qualities, she shrugged and said ‘oh I just throw it all together, whatever I fancy’.
I of course, as one who uses that line fairly often, knew this not, in any shape or form, to be true. I knew her ‘throwing it all together’ came from years of practice, from many torn out pages from magazines, much scribbling down of recipes…a gathering of her throw-it-all-together knowledge.
And so I watched and took mental notes….and here it is.
I assure you there is nothing fancy-schmancy in the making of this and it may well have just a tad too many ingredients to satisfy the trendies
…but it’s the addition of the little blue beauties that does it….you may well have had blueberries in this guise before…I though have not and for me they sit there looking gem-like distinguished amongst the regular greens
…and to me, because as ever when looking for a recipe I am erring on the slovenly route, this was, and is, the kind of salad you can pretty much whip up in no time, is more than substantial enough to stand-alone with a joint of roasted meat and best of all presents beautifully imbuing all around you with the idea that you indeed are the queen of salads when in actual fact you simply gathered, ripped open & threw a few packets around.
My kinda cooking.
See you all later
p.s. nuts as to your choice ;-) I used those from one of those packs of mixed nuts..