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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Balsamic roasted beetroot, orange and feta salad

A recipe and some waffle - not a waffle recipe!

I’m celebrating by heading off to a festival for the bank holiday. It’s called Vantastival  - so we’re taking down our lovely van Mister to hang out with all the other old VWs. There is lots going on for the weekend - lots of music, Kila, Sleep Thieves, Fred, Ambience Affair - and little xs for eyes (my band)

Most importantly - I will be entering the second cooking competition of my life! The first was Aoife Mac’s Pie Off. This is  a camper van cook-off. All contestants must cook up the best meal they can with limited ingredients and the cooking facilities of their vans - for me that’s a two ring hob. We toyed with the idea of connecting a rotisserie arm to the engine - but sadly that ‘s not allowed - any suggestions for how to cook a nice desert on a hob would be appreciated I’m drawing a blank right  now. See picture  of the Facilities!! Wish me luck

I’ll update you all when I return - have a great bank holiday you guys!

Also a fail to report - I tried and failed to make yoghurt yesterday - but I have not been put off I will persevere - blog post to follow when successful

What a load of Waffle, here’s a recipe

Balsamic roasted beetroot, orange and feta salad
2 fresh beetroots - diced (1cm cubes)
1 orange segmented
big handful of parsley - chopped
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
1/3 block of feta

Toss your beetroot in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and season. Pop into a preheated oven for 35 mins at a high heat (gas mark 7)

When it’s roasted and turning nicely deep red, remove from the oven. Prepare the rest of your ingredients in a bowl. Mix together the olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Combine the beetroot with the other ingredients and toss well with the dressing.

This is a great salad - with a huge range of flavour. I had sprouted some watercress especially for this salad (it took a week to sprout) then I forgot to add it in. The sharp peppery taste would definitely add to the overall flavour, but it was still delicious without.

Here's a photo of this salad from Jenny Hammerton from Silver Screen Suppers Blog. Thanks for sending it onto me - always good to get feedback. Check out her blog - it's great themed around food the glamourous stars of yesteryear cooked! 

8 comments:

Naomi said...

Hmm, you could make a fool - maybe with stewed rhubarb given that its everywhere right now.

Or get bonus points making a lemon curd fool - mmmm lemon curd.

Or if you have setting time you could do pannacotta.

or crepes suzette? Tho my favourite is crepes with flambeed cherries but not sure you'd want to flambee in the confines of a camper van.Butterscotch sauce might be safer

God luck

Brownieville Girl said...

Have a wonderful weekend.

Love beetroot and will try this salad soon :}}

Aisling O'Dwyer said...

I made this and it was absolutely delicious! I was hoping to have some for my lunch the next day, but my greedy family had gobbled it all up... There'll definitely be a round 2 though!

Thanks for a great recipe

Lu said...

Hey Naomi - yeah I had crepe suzette in mind alright - brought down some cointreau, but here comes the embarassing part - I missed the whole thing - cause I was feeling a little worse for wear! Whoops, also pretty gutted to have missed it

Brownieville - apart from feeling a little sorry for myself on Sat lunchtime (when the cook off was happening) it was a great weekend - even a little sun

Aisling - so glad you liked the recipe. I managed to make a lunch out of mine - but I wasn't sharing! It's a great salad

aoife mc said...

Eeek just catchingg up on your blog - how did this comp go?? I want to live in a van! For awhile! Wow!

Love the look of this salad too - win!

Lya de Putti said...

Stumbled upon your blog looking for a way of using up 2 beetroot that had been in the fridge for rather too long. Oh yummy! Absolutely delicious! Drop by Silver Screen Suppers sometime - Jx

Lu said...

Hey Lya - thanks for stopping by! And for sending on the photo - looked great. Love your blog - it's a great theme to have and nicely designed site too!

rois said...

yummmmmmy! just had this with falafel and baby potatoes par boied, fried in cumin turmeric corriander salt n' pepper and finished off by roasting in the oven.....lovely, thanks a mill for the recipe!xXx