Don Caesar Salad

Now that the warm weather is here it is time for some more salads to make us feel and look lively.

This is a lighter take on the Caesar salad. And I dedicate it to the DONs in St Andrews. There are not many but they all make me smile and I thank them for being the great people that they are. If you have no idea what I am talking about do not worry. Just enjoy the salad!

This all being said let’s get moving to the recipe!

DON Caesar Salad (serves 4 DONs)

Ingredients:

For the salad dressing:

  • Parmesan- just a bit- finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustrad
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chopped anchovy fillets
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

For the salad

  • Ciabatta bread
  • 540 g chicken breasts or fillets
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed
  • oregano
  • olive oil
  • salt& pepper

Method:

You should start by making the croutons. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the ciabatta into slices, place the slices on the tray and sprinkle with olive oil, oregano and pepper.  Place it in the oven until it is crispy, like bruschettas, about 20 min.

Place a wok on medium heat. Cut the chicken into cubes. Add a bit of olive oil in the wok, just before you add the chicken cubes. Sprinke with salt.

The most important part of any salad is the dressing. This is what makes the difference. So take the bowl in which you are going to make the salad. Place all the ingredients for the dressing into the bowl and mix until you obtain a homogenous paste.

I think it is tastier and more fun if you break the salad leaves by hand instead of cutting them. Just tear the leaves into bite size pieces and place them in the bowl with the dressing. Mix well until the leaves are covered up in the dressing.

Next add the chicken and mix. The croutons have to be added just before serving so that they stay crispy. Just take the ciabatta slices and break them by hand to give the salad a rustic aspect.

Bon appetit!

Fritatta-My Way (or the Highway)

Fritatta is basically a baked omelette. It is so fluffy and good, and versatile. And it is perfect for my favourite meals: Breakfast or Brunch. 

Ingredients:

6 eggs, beaten

4 tablespoons yoghurt

Chopped spring onions

Salt & Peppa’

Oregano, Basil

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, gas mark 4.

Take a baking dish and beat the eggs in it until fluffy. Mix in the yoghurt, salt, pepper,  oregano and basil . In the end sprinkle the spring onions over and toss everything in the oven.

It should be done in 30. Enjoy!

British Italian Bruschettas

So no more salads for now as they may not be useful to manu of you.

The following recipe contains meat but you can be inventive and try the vegetarian option.

Bruschettas are a super easy meal that anyone can make. I think they are particularry useful for students and a good starting point for many other delicious recipes.

I called these British because I used British  Mature Cheddar, and Italian because I used prosciutto, the Italian raw ham.

British Italian Bruschettas

Ingredients:

(There are no measurements as it is up to you how many you want to make)

Baguette (Any kind) or just any other bread

Tomatoes or any tomato sauce

British Mature Cheddar

Prosciutto Ham

Olive Oil

Oregano

Pepper

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, gas mark 4.

Lay a baking tray with the magical baking paper.

Take the baguette/bread and cut it lenghtwise in as many pieces as you want. Sprinke it with olice oil, spread it with the tomatoes/ tomato sauce in a thick layer, grate the cheese or break it into chunks and sprinke it over the baguette.

Place the bruschettas on the tray and put them in the oven for 10-15 min. After put the prosciutto ham on the bruschettas and leave everything in the oven for 2 more minutes. You can turn the oven off, as it will be warm enough to give the prosciutto a nice texture. If you add the prosciutto in the beginning it will just dry in the oven so that is why you need to add it in the end. 

So this is it! You can go crazy with this baguette and use whatever ingredients you want!

Enjoy!