Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I've been slacking of. I know. It seems like the dead of winter has gotten the best of me. I try to post something new at least once a week, but lately with all this dreary grey all around me inspiration has avoided me like the plague. I don't seem to have any new ideas. It might be February, or maybe I don't get enough vitamin D. Or maybe I'm just a friggin' cry baby. Those around me would definitely concur with the latter.
So why not make some good old fashioned soul warming beef stew or maybe a gooey chocolate cake? Right?
Mostly because I haven't had time lately for anything elaborate, but also because I'm one of those strange creatures who craves something fresh and crunchy ( and most of the time out of season) in the middle of winter. I'd swap my hot chicken soup with kale and roasted garlic for a bowl of fresh Ontario cherries right about now. Any takers?
So on one of these sunless days last week I decided to put some crunch in my lunch.
Like so:

Toss some frisee salad with thinly sliced fennel, sliced cara cara oranges and torn fresh mozzarella. Drizzle with a vinaigrette made of extra virgin olive oil, cider vinegar, grainy mustard, fennel seeds, sea salt and a bit of honey. Finish it off with freshly ground black pepper. You could also add some thinly sliced prosciutto to round out the meal. Or maybe a glass of crisp Chardonnay to toast the warm days ahead.


Ash said...

So fresh!!
This sure will help with dreaming of warm days ahead... even know we just got a dumping of snow.

Junglefrog said...

It does make me think of spring so that is a good thing right? I put some crunch in my lunch by making croutons...lol.. but this looks beautiful but looking outside where it is snowing right now... I am in serious need of something warm!

Anna said...

Very, very pretty salad indeed. Love the fresh mozza.

And spring's coming soon, right?!

Fig and Cherry said...

SO many of my favourite ingredients combined together, just beautiful. Lovely photo too.

Sari said...

Oh yummy. This salad looks delicious. Today I tried to make a salad with fennel for the first time and even my bf liked it. I was worried that he wouldn't eat it as he doesn't like the fennel's aniseed flavour. I'm so happy he liked it because I can try more recipes! I will definitely give yours a go! ;)