Yesterday was all about the Leprechaun, the naughty little trickster character who is rumoured to keep a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. First he destroyed my living room by flinging blankets and pillows everywhere, then my kitchen by smearing green icing from wall to floor to ceiling and then by hiding the tots' numerous toys causing mayhem and panic through out the entire house! Tried as we might, we could not catch him. We even made a meal in his honor but he only teased us with a glimpse... Ahh... maybe next year.
Truth be told I think our meal was not glutenous enough for the little fellow. Instead it reflected the amazingly beautiful day we had, starting our feast with a sweet salad.
Green & Orange Fruity Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette
- head of curly lettuce, washed & torn up into small bite sized pieces
- 1/2 of peas in the pods, cleaned and cut into on the diagonal in 1in pieces
- 1 each apple & pear, sliced thinly
- royal* one orange
- 1tbsp minced shallot
- 1tbsp dijon mustard
- three to one olive oil and sherry vinegar
- pinch of salt and pepper
Combine lettuce, peas, apple, pear and orange in a serving bowl. For dressing, combine, shallot, mustard, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a blender and blend.
Serve dressing on the side in cute kid friendly vessels or dress at the table for the adult crowd.
* To royal an orange cut top and bottom off, remove outer skin and pith and slice wedges out between the ribs. This gets easier with practice, but make sure you use a sharp paring knife.
And then a veggie rich soup.
Mr Potatohead Leek soup
- 1/2 cup peeled & chopped carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 half diced medium onion
- 3 cloves lightly mashed garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter*, divided
- 1 tsp dried thyme, less if you use fresh.
- salt and pepper to taste (I very rarely give quantities for S&P unless it is for baking)
- 1/4 cup vermouth
- 4 cups leeks, cleaned diced, light green and white parts only.
- 1 1/2 lbs of potatoes** cleaned & peeled (optional) and chopped into cubes.
- water or stock to cover, about 6 cups.
After about 15 minutes and vegetables are soft add 1/4 cup vermouth, stir and add potatoes. Cover with water (or stock) bring to a boil and then turn down to a low. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are completely soft and falling apart on their own. Blend with an immersion blender or in batches using blender or food processor, remembering to cool first. If using a blender or processor return to pot, reheat and check for seasoning.
To serve add a knob of *butter to each bowl of soup if not using a fatty stock.
** I used starchy gnarly potatoes and had to remove the skins due to dirt and scars! Mr Potatohead was spared.
photos by me.... next up green bread and minty chocolate cupcakes!