Salad on a Sunny Day
I’ll hold my hands up and say that I love food. I love eating to enjoy rather than out of necessity and if a big plate of cheese and biscuits is put in front of me, I can polish it off in an instant! Generally though, I consider myself to be a fairly healthy eater and I genuinely really enjoy fruit, veg and other healthy munchies. With Spring making a pleasant appearance on the horizon, my stomach enjoys fresh, vibrant salads above hearty winter stews and roasts.
On a gloriously warm, sunny Sunday lunchtime, my husband and I decided to have our lunch in the garden. When it comes to salads, Phil likes salad cream – which I can’t stand – and I prefer a ‘drier’ salad, with lots of different flavours but little dressing. In the picture, Phil’s is on the left and mine on the right. I lightly dressed his chicken in seasoning and pepper as it was cooking, whereas mine was cooked in a hearty dollop of pesto. I adore pesto and could easily eat it daily in salads, in pasta or even in humous as I experienced for the first time last weekend!
I like making our salads as colourful as possible so that they appeal to the eye as well as the belly. I think maybe sometimes people think salad is boring, but it takes simple and inexpensive ingredients to make the flavours leap around on your tastebuds. The staple for ours are tomatoes, cucumber for me, spring onion for Phil, radishes, pickled beetroot and lettuce. I then add a mix of either cheddar, feta or goats cheese, chicken or ham and now, the delightful tiny eggs that one of our hens has started laying, hard boiled and popped on top. I do like a dollop of coleslaw occasionally, or even pickle if I’m feeling particularly wild!
We had such a nice time sat out in our garden, with our hens and ducks wandering around as the sun shone above us. It’s the simple pleasures in life that make me so very happy.