Monday, 12 January 2015

Snow Pea and Asparagus Salad with Feta Cheese

You need such different varieties of salads over the summer months.
I made this and my hubby said "Wow you made a new salad, how wonderful!"
Not that he particularly likes feta cheese but it is only a small component of this salad and you can easily push it to the side of your plate.  Like a 5 year old is often compelled to do when confronted by something that looks strange, such as pureed spinach.

I have been reorganising my cook book collection.
Original Cookbook Order
Thinning it out, discarding some long ago used recipe books  and compiling the remaining books into cuisine, region and/or author. It was either that or buy another book shelf for the dining room which was a serious no win situation.

This took about 3 hours.  I kid you not, it was time consuming taking them all out, making a pile of ones to give to mum to sell at her church fete, then categorically placing the remaining books in a positive order.

Of course, I also had to double check that I really did not need the discarded cook books anymore.

You can see below the new and improved cookbook collection.
Funnily enough I am the only one who cares so it is really a treat for myself, but I smile every time I look in this direction.

Improved Cookbook Collection
Snow Pea and Asparagus Salad With Feta
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 5 cm lengths
200g snow peas, string removed
100g  feta cheese, rinsed to remove brine
handful fresh mint leaves
handful fresh dill leaves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup virgin olive oil
cracked black pepper to taste

Bring a pot of water to the boil, put the snow peas in and cook for 1 minute.
Remove and run cold water over them in a colander.
Put asparagus spears into boiling water for 2 minutes then refresh in cold water as well.
Place vegetables into a serving bowl and allow to cool.
Chop the feta into chunks and scatter over top.
Sprinkle with chopped mint and dill.
Mix lemon juice with balasamic and olive oil and pour this over top.
Add pepper to taste, the feta should provide enough salt so check for flavour before adding any salt.

Tell me dear reader, do you sometimes go through and re-organise your cook books?

Buon appetito, Enjoy Merryn xx