A delicious salad with sweet, roasted beetroot, quinoa, smoked trout and asparagus and a creamy horseradish dressing, this is substantial enough for a dinner meal or lunch and is fantastic served as a platter for entertaining. It's also versatile and you can replace asparagus with avocado and add nuts to it.
Last week Mr NQN left me.
Well more correctly he left me for a cycling trip. I realise that I have no reason to feel abandoned because I leave him for trips all the time. But nevertheless I did. I was nervous. I haven't been left alone in our place ever in the over 10 years that we've been together. I bit my lip and wondered all sorts of things.
Me: What would I do for the four day long weekend?
Me: If I were single would I be Bridget Jones?
My brain: "Yes. Yes you would."
Me: What if I go out and then come back and there's a serial killer inside our apartment and he waits til I am asleep and then kills me. Arrrghhhhhh! Runs out of own head screaming...(and not meaning to scare you but serial killer BTK did this!)
And then this scene from Ferris Bueller played on loop in my mind:
Anyway, this all happened on the night before he left. And I see you giving me that withering look. I understand. But I made him this salad and watched him in a melancholy way. "You know you don't have to leave," I said although I knew that it was useless at this point. No amount of food bribery can stand between the person that you love and them doing what they love. So I ate the rest of this salad in silence.
At the risk of sounding immodest, this salad is really, really good. There are no process photos because it was something that I threw together and didn't expect to blog about but once I tried it, I scooped up the rest and put it on a plate to photograph. I know that for some salad can be a hard sell but this one really has a bit of everything to keep the palate happy and it is also the perfect cooling down dish to serve. I actually preferred it when it had cooled and the flavours melded after a few hours and the next day. And the leftovers were superb and staved off any late night snacking well.
So tell me Dear Reader, do you get nervous and do things like check closets? And what is your favourite 90's movie? And are you a fan of salads or are they a hard sell for you?