August 31, 2012 in Something for the Weekend
My friend the Wicklow Hunter is a passionate man. This year, he has taken to growing vegetables and herbs in his expansive spread in the Garden County. He does not do things by half. So his first crop of vegetables has started to come into season over the past few weeks. He is discovering that growing the vegetables can be easier than giving them away. He very generously gave me a food parcel containing the following:
A vegetable marrow
A cucumber (It looks and tastes like nothing you have ever bought in a supermarket)
Tomatoes (also looking and tasting unlike the insipid shop bought variety)
Spring onions (see notes above)
A range of herbs including thyme, dill, rosemary, mint, lemon thyme, bay, flat leaf parsley, regular curly parsley and some others that I can’t remember right now.
This prompted me to buy a nice wedge of Stilton and make what my youngest daughter referred to as a “Big Ass Salad”. I couldn’t think of a better name for it.
Here’s what I did:
Parboiled the potatoes and cut them up. Added olive oil, rosemary sea salt and black pepper. Then I roasted these until crisp.
While this was going on, I peeled and cut the cucumber, sliced, salted and drained the marrow before giving it a spell on the griddle. I also griddled some sweet peppers that were lying in the fridge. Washed, trimmed and chopped everything else, adding some pine nuts for a bit of nuttiness. The result is in the pictures. It was a beautiful Big Ass Salad, perfect for a late summer weekend lunch.
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