Today, September 14th …
I always crave salad after a long trip – getting good food in transit is always tricky, getting good salad is doubly so. I have a delightful little American cookbook by the name of:
New Calendar of SALADS: 365 ANSWERS to the DAILY QUESTION “WHAT SHALL WE HAVE for SALAD?”
I don’t think I have featured it before, so I thought today was a good opportunity. The book comes in its own box, has a hanging cord just like a regular calendar and a wonderful cover illustration. It is not dated, but is probably 1920’s. The salad for September 14th is:
Cheese and Apple Salad.
Wipe and pare apples, scoop out olive shape forms, using a French vegetable cutter made for this purpose. There should be 2 doz. “olives”. Marinate at once with French dressing. Mix a cream cheese with ½ c. finely chopped pecan nut meats, 1 tbsp. finely chopped pimento, season with salt, paprika, and a few drops of Worcestershire sauce. Shape with the hands into 12 small “olives” the size of apple olives. Arrange in 6 individual nests of small, crisp, chicory leave, placing 3 apple olives and 2 cheese olives in each nest. Serve with French or mayonnaise dressing.
This was not the sort of salad I had in mind. It immediately brought to mind Julia Child’s comment on nouvelle cuisine “It's so beautifully arranged on the plate -- you just know someone's fingers have been all over it.”
Monday’s Story …
To be advised.
Quotation for the Day …
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. Anatole