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
Ingredients:
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)
salt
fresh ground pepper


Preparation:
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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