A Sunday Salad
by Anna Hewitt
Italy has been on my mind over the last couple of weeks. I bought Rachel Roddy’s beautiful cookbook, FIve Quarters and have been happily cooking my way through it. Peperonata, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, grilled eggplants, pasta and more pasta- making the most of the sweet, ripe produce lying in the sun at the market on Sundays. We watched this episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix which reminded me of the absolute love and respect Italians have for food. And I have been storming through Eleanor Ferrante‘s engrossing Napoli series as I sit and feed and feed this hungry baby. She is taking me in to 20th Century Italy with a woman’s eyes- political control, marital control, family control. Passionate and powerful writing I would definitely recommend.
Sometimes though, you need a break from Italian food. Here is a quick and easy salad I made for dinner last night – fresh and tasty but still satisfying. We had it as is, but it would be great with grilled lamb.
Herby quinoa and rice salad
Serves two for dinner with enough left over for two lunches the next day
1 cup quinoa
1 cup basmati rice
1 large eggplant or 2 small eggplants
A handful of each- parsley, coriander, mint and baby spinach
4 spring onions
A handful of pistachio nuts
1 green chilli
Cut the eggplant into small cubes and bake on a well oiled oven tray until golden brown. While these are in the oven, cook the rice and quinoa then set aside to cool. Chop the herbs, spinach, chilli and spring onion and put in a large bowl with the pistachio nuts, feta, a generous slug of olive oil, salt and the juice and some zest from the lemon. When the eggplants have cooked, combine everything together and serve. We had this salad at room temperature which worked well and meant the heat of the eggplants, quinoa and rice didn’t discolour or wilt the herbs. Perfect with a glass of cold white wine at the end of a busy weekend.
Tonight for dinner? Pasta of course!
Thank you Anna for this beautiful summer salad recipe! The aubergines are absolutely enormous at the moment – so now, I have use for the half one sitting in my fridge. What pasta is on the menu tonight? Hope you’re having a beautiful day! xx
I know right? We have been eating them in any which way I can think of!
I have a jar of nice plump olives so I’m thinking puttanesca. Wish you were here to eat with us x
that looks incredible!! xxo
The book look divine I have ordered it for Olivia so she will have a wee treat arriving in a week or so. I saw Susie in Moore Wilson’s (of course) earlier in the week. She is getting little bit excited about coming to see you all, as I am sure you are.
Haha I was going to get it for Livs for her birthday as I think she will love it- the perfect gift to get her through the last of winter.
We are getting very excited about them getting here too. X
so yummy! xxo Jamie http://www.candystilettos.com