Healthy mode today – my wife recuperating from an op so I decided to go for a big salad with cold meats and anchovies on the side. Managed to source some superb Pane Pugliese on my shopping travels this morning – toasted and drizzled with olive oil it was a fine partner to the affair, I served mortadella, serrano ham, two varieties of Italian salami and some superb cold rare beef left over from yesterday.
The salad plate was a pick and mix – lettuce and cucumber in the centre, and around it, vine tomatoes and basil, radishes, fennel sliced in lemon juice, French salad onions finely sliced – then I drizzled over my own échalotes vinaigrette – 5 tbsps sunflower oil, 2 tbsps white wine vinegar – 1 tbsp dijon mustard and 2 small échalotes finely chopped and a dash of black pepper and rock salt to taste. Pop it all in a small jar with a lid and shake like there is no tomorrow.
Surprising how filling it all was – and it was lovely spending quality time with my family at the table at lunch time.