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Friday, March 25, 2011

Mixed Spring Salad with Lavender & Duck Eggs

This week, because I have started to feel much better, I went to the market and I bought a bunch of goodies, most of them being fresh, crisp and very green. And I started rinsing, chopping, cutting, combining, creating, playing. All boasting aside, when it comes to low-fat, healthy food, I have green fingers :)

I have created a great variety of salads with the same ingredients: spinach, orach, celandine, spring onions, parsley, just to name a few. Spring is such a blessing after a long winter. 

Here is the latest, which I had for breakfast: Mixed Salad with Lavender and Duck Eggs. Sometimes, if I have a late breakfast, aka Brunch :) I like to have something more savoury. 


Type of cuisine: Raw, Vegetarian, Low-Fat, Fusion/ Romanian, French

Preparation time: 20 minutes 

Before you make this delicious salad, go to the farmers' market, armed with the following shopping list :)

a bunch of spinach  (you'll only use around 20 leaves)

radishes (you'll need a handful)

orach 

celandine

ramson


Warning- make sure that you wash all the vegetables thoroughly, in cold water, until the water is clean and with no sediments.

Drain the vegetables and cut the bigger leaves in chunks and prepare a simple lemon dressing: extra virgin olive oil, the juice of a slice of lemon and a pinch of salt. Mix and toss. Sprinkle some lavender on top and you will have a stunning salad.


I boiled two free-range duck eggs, I sprinkled over some Camargue salt, freshly ground pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice and topped them with sprouts and linseeds.



So you might ask, why lavender? - I don't know... I had an intuition that it might work. I had read about biscuits with lavender, but since I don't know how to make biscuits (yet!), I thought that it may work if I used lavender in salads as well. The taste and flavour of lavender will certainly blow you away.
I love lavender to bits. I love Provence. It's where I spent my honeymoon: 21 days in beautiful Provence, visiting the lavender museum, getting lost in lavender fields and making plans for the future. * (I love you, baby).   :)



zoom of my jar of lavender

3 comments:

  1. very interesting ideea. I love lavander, but I never tried it in a salad before. I'll try.
    PS: in romana, ce inseamna orach, celandine, ramson?
    Thanks
    xoxo

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  2. Leurda- ramson, untisor- celadine, loboda- orach. Lavada- less is more, pentru ca daca gresesti si pui putin mai multa, e ca si cum ai minca parfum! Are un gust f puternic.

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