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New Year – New Salad

Instead of going on a diet (food programme, regime, plan – call it what you will to make it more palatable !) ,  and pounding away on a treadmill (I understand gym memberships soar at this time of year) I thought I would assess the contents of my fridge instead and come up each day with a different meal from my usual ones – either new ingredients I’ve never tried or familiar ones in a new combination.
I don’t intend toiling for hours over a hot stove – I wouldn’t have time then for all my other resolutions – yoga, sketching, visit one new country every six months,   rock climbing (kidding!) No, – some of my favourite dishes are quick to prepare – coleslaw, salads, cous cous with  roast veg, even home made hummus only takes a few minutes.
So here’s my first – tropical fruit salad – melon, grapes, lime zest, coconut milk and mint – okay, mint is not tropical and neither are grapes, but 3 out of 5’s not bad! And remember my objectives – i) use what’s in the fridge!  ii) use a different combination of ingredients.
Prep time: 5 minutes   Result: Delicious.

‘Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, jelly on a plate’

Wibble, Wobble, Wibble, Wobble,  Jelly on a Plate.

I’m always looking for different recipes to try and Raymond Blanc’s cookery programmes are very entertaining.  In one of them he made a side dish based on edible flowers. He raided  the beautiful vegetable garden at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons for his ingredients.

We were inspired! We decided to create our own jelly and gathered anything edible and decorative that we could find  from our own, somewhat more modest, garden!

This is the jelly we made, containing mostly geranium and nasturtium flowers and leaves,  with the odd herb thrown in for good measure.  Verdict?  Well, to be honest, our jelly  bordered on inedible! I think it was the geraniums!

But it was pretty to look at,  and provided the raw material for some interesting images.

The whole jelly looked like this:

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and this is a cross section through the middle.

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You’ll agree the colours are beautiful – just the thing to grace the dining table.

Clever old Raymond!