Composed salads, those salads with several ingredients attractively arranged rather than tossed, incorporate artistic sensibilities. The “composer” envisions the color and texture of the edible “painting”, orchestrates the melodic balance of flavor and, most importantly, satisfies one’s appetite with a savory salad.
My plate is my palette and I prefer using white plates or a large white platter for composed salads, allowing the ingredients to take center stage. Having all of these ingredients assembled in advance, the “mise en place”, is most helpful.
Pomegranates and pears are delicious, seasonal fruits and can be found at most produce markets at this time of the year. Tonight my dinner salad will incorporate pomegranate seeds plucked directly from the fruit, though I’ve noticed convenient pre-packs of pomegranate seeds available. A bit of maple syrup whisked into the balsamic vinaigrette adds a subtle sweetness balancing the fresh, tart taste of pomegranate.
Off the grid of late, spending every available minute, and every ounce of inspiration, on a book synopsis that had to be submitted last week. My two protagonists (female 31-year old first cousins) are of Polish descent, and Eastern European food has been on my mind. This salad is my daughter’s recipe and was inspired by my … Full recipe post »
Five years since inception and Simmer and Smoke is available in paper and Kindle, with other formats on the wing. Mallory, Shelby and Miss Ann are, at last, alive. A feeling akin to childbirth? Not quite. It’s more like a funeral and I’m mourning their loss. I can’t revisit my people––give Mallory another pill washed down with booze; push Shelby … Full recipe post »
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