Monday, May 10, 2010

Our First Harvest - Spinach

Look what popped up in our garden!
We've been watching this green patch for a while, hoping it was food and not some unruly weed.  On Sunday, after week of rain and rapid growth, we knew for sure that it was indeed a patch of volunteer spinach.  What a lovely surprise!

There was just enough for two amazing strawberry spinach salads with home made balsamic vinaigrette.
Mmm...delicious!   This is why we garden.
Strawberry Vinaigrette
90 ml olive oil
30 ml balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp strawberry freezer jam (optional, but oh so nice)
fresh ground pepper

Place all ingredients in a screw top jar and shake like crazy! The more you shake the thicker your dressing will become.  Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.  If you prefer a more dignified approach, mix vinegar and everything but the oil together in a bowl.  Gradually add the oil to the vinegar mixture one droplet at a time while whisking constantly.  (The shaking method is much more fun.)

Makes: enough for one big family sized salad

Did You Know:
  • white wine vinegar is a good substitute if you don't want a dark dressing (eg. I often use white wine vinegar if my salad includes mandarin oranges or apples.)
  • you can use honey instead of brown sugar
  • mustard helps to keep the oil and vinegar emulsified longer - try different flavours of mustards
  • a good ratio of oil to vinegar is 3 to 1 (3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar)

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