Tuesday, 30 December 2014

6. An Aromatic Salad Dressing

Photo Elain Lemm

    I was delighted with a salad dressing recipe for leftover Christmas turkey which I found on the web pages of Elaine Lemm, About.com's admirable British and Irish Food Expert.  She incorporates  dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds and nuts with an added zingy bite of Asian spices in her recipe which was inspired, Elaine tells us, by TV Chef Jamie Oliver.
      Elaine's dressing has the benefit of being useable on other occasions as a dip for crudités like carrot and celery sticks, stir fries and to spice up cold chicken or duck.
      I had added a couple of pomegranates on Christmas Eve to my weekly health order of oranges, limes, red onions, fresh chilli peppers, ginger root, herbs, nuts and spices from Barrow Boys in Ryde.  And as my kitchen is never without olive oil and dried cranberries, we were able to make this dressing for cold turkey leftovers on Boxing Day.
      This fruity, nutty, spicy, salad dressing is a healthy and aromatic powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. I shall use it at other times of the year for salads and stir fries, as Elaine suggests.  Maybe I can modify the dressing slightly to come up with something appropriate for a spicy wild salmon salad.


Further Reading                                                                                                                                       

Elaine's Salad Dressing Recipe :  Elaine's Cold Turkey Salad Dressing  

 British Food About.com :  The Best of British cuisine from Elaine Lemm.                                           

Chilli Facts :  The health benefits of chillies               

Medical News Today  Therapeutic benefits of Ginger in Cancer prevention and treatment.

Food for thought: You first parents of the human race…who ruined yourself for an apple, what might you not have done for a truffled turkey?
Jean-Anthelme Brillat Savarin
La Physiologie du gout  1825

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