Tag Archives: Olive Oil

Carrot Smash

Easy as ABC. Great as can be.

  1. Using a speed peeler, get rid of the wrinkly skin of the carrots, however many you’re planning to eat.
  2. Slice them erratically and toss them in a pot of boiling water. Let them sit in that jacuzzi till they’re soft enough to mash.
  3. Drain and mash away!
  4. Add a generous drizzle of some good extra virgin olive oil, freshly ground sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Have it as a side; fabulous with a pork main.
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Simplest Salad Dressing

It was not till I got to London last year that I started appreciating salad, especially when it’s been tossed pretty in glistening dressing. Here are the guidelines to making the Simplest Salad Dressing.

You’ll need a clear jar; something like this:

With this, you can see how much liquid you’re pouring in. Also, you’ll be able to tell what it is without having to open the jar.

Next, componentsOlive oil, sour acid, salt and pepper.

The key is noting the ratio of olive oil to sour acid = 3 : 1.  That is, 3 parts oil to 1 part sour acid, which can take any form, from balsamic vinegar to lemon or lime juice. Experiment with different kinds to discover which goes best with your salad. Don’t forget that pinch of salt and pepper for added flavour.

And remember, salads don’t have to be boring.


Mr Coriander’s Dinner

When I was away in Greece for eleven days, someone had to look after my plant.  Yes, it’s just ONE plant and his name’s Mr Coriander.  So I got Joanna to look after him for me. She did a swell job and I wanted to thank her. And what better way was there than to cook for her.  This eventually led to a Sunday dinner with five other people, and this was the menu for the night:

Mini Yorkies with Beef Gravy
Aglio Olio
Champion’s Salad
Apple Crumble (Courtesy of Joanna & Gang)

I’m not gonna feature the entire dinner here but instead, I want to highlight the Aglio Olio which happened to be quite a hit for the night.  Thank goodness I did a trial run in the afternoon prior to the dinner:

Simplest of recipes and extremely fun too: garlic, parsley, dried chillies, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, olive oil and parmesan. Everything goes into a saucepan, together with spaghetti cooked until al dente.

Try it today! (: