One look at the picture of this salad and there was no doubt in my mind that this is one culinary experience I did not want to forgo. Yes, it came from the kitchen of Ottolenghi, a chef whose body of work I have only recently discovered. He was inspired by flavors he experienced in Turkey and vacillating prose like this…”This salad is so crunchy and sweet you can eat it with a spoon, and never stop.” And the best part…it was so easy to put together.
A few staples (onion, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, oregano, allspice, garlic, olive oil), a dash of the slightly exotic (pomegranate seeds) and some not readily available ingredients (pomegranate molasses which I substituted with some Modena Vinegar and brown sugar) came together in a happy marriage that looked beautiful on the plate and just as tasty on the palate.
As the weather gets warmer, try this salad whose recipe is featured on this link.
I plan to serve it the next time with a slight twist in tiny phyllo cups. It’ll look like a million bucks and taste like that too.
PS. The picture here is my creation!
Nine months ago, we launched Paupers Without Travel as a platform to express the joy experienced by our souls every time we touched a place new or familiar, tasted foods known and unknown and discovered deals that would help us fund one more trip without breaking the bank. Did we expect to get a few readers? We’d be lying if we said no. But what we did not anticipate is the warmth, love and support shown by so many of you in liking and commenting on our posts and more importantly, sharing your journeys and experiences.
We were tickled pink when we got an email from WordPress last night telling us that 5,000 people attended the Aspen Food and Wine Festival. This blog had about 32,000 views in 2012. If each view were a foodie, this blog would power 6 festivals….
Ok, so to kick off the New Year, here is a tribute to some of the people we were blessed to see and learn from around the world.
Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil
New York City, USA
Hong kong, China