It’s less than two weeks left until we move to the house and I’m so excited that I can’t sit still! Everyday I check my tomato plants that I planted last month and the kitchen table is full of seeds: four different kind of beets, several kinds of carrots and radishes, salad, mangold, spring onion and so many others… And not to forget my cucumber and water melon plants, also brought up from seeds just like the tomatoes. On the balcony I have strawberry plants and a gooseberry plant, and of course the rhubarb. As you can understand I’ll have a very busy summer in the garden. And during some of the coming warm summer evenings I’ll be having this delicious salad that we enjoyed a couple of weeks ago.
- Bacon and pear salad with Stilton dressing
(adapted from BBC Food. Serves 4 as a starter)
2 pears, cored and thinly sliced
1 large handful of fresh chervil, chopped
1 large handful of flatleaf parsley, chopped
1 large handful of fresh dill, chopped
1 large handful of fresh chives, chopped
1 package (around 180-200 gram) of streaky bacon
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
5 tsp Dijon mustard
100-150 ml olive oil
100 gram Stilton cheese, crumbled
Maldon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
First make the dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a bowl. Whisk slightly, you’re supposed to have Stilton lumps in the dressing.
Combine pear slices and herbs in a bowl. Fry the bacon until crisp and golden, remove it to a paper towel to drain. Break each bacon rasher in half with your hands. Put the bacon over the salad just before serving it with dressing on the side.