The Winter Olympics are here! To celebrate, we wanted to showcase traditional salads found across the globe. Just as favorite sweetflow toppings vary by state, signature salads differ throughout the world. So take a look and support your local heroes, both in and out of your salad bowl this season.
Italy - Panzanella
tomatoes, bread, onion, basil, olive oil, and vinegar
India - Kosambari
moong dal (yellow lentils), cucumbers, shredded coconut, green chili, curry leaves, olive oil, coriander, lemon juice, and mustard seeds
Lebanon - Fattoush
romaine, arugula, cucumber, tomatoes, flat-leaf parsley, mint, pita, green bell pepper, green onion, sumac, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil
France - Frisée aux Lardons
curly endive (frisée), bacon, egg, dijon mustard, French baguette, shallot, red wine vinegar, garlic, and olive oil
Germany - Kartoffelsalat
potatoes, smoked bacon, onion, chives, German mustard, white vinegar, and olive oil
Morocco - Taktouka
tomatoes, green peppers, garlic, parsley, cilantro, paprika, cumin, cayenne, and olive oil
Greece - Greek Salad
tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, bell peppers, and oregano
USA - Cobb Salad
tomatoes, corn, avocado, chicken, bacon, and egg
Japan - Sunomono
cucumbers, wakame, sesame seeds, rice vinegar, and soy sauce
This is definitely one of my favorite appetizers that I’ve made. I experimented with a few different ingredients and the result was very satisfying. The poached quail eggs did take me a few practices, but as long as you know the technique of a normal poached egg, you can catch on very quickly!
Salmon Paste -
2 cup chopped smoked salmon
1 cup cream cheese
1 tsp lime/lemon juice
¼ cup finely chopped onions
1 tbsp finely chopped dill (I love the taste of dill, but if you don’t reduce this to ½ tbsp)
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp mustard
salt to taste
Poached Quail Eggs -
8 quail eggs
1 small baguette
salt & pepper
¼ cup green onions
Salmon Paste -
1. Mix everything thoroughly in a large bowl and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Poached Quail Eggs -
(these will need to be poached in batches of 2-3)
1. Crack 3 quail eggs gently into a bowl.
2. Prepare a small pot of boiling water. Once the water boils, bring heat down to medium.
3. Get a spoon ready (or a very very small sieve)
4. Gently pour the eggs into the water and stir the water slowly (in 1 direction) for about 20 seconds
5. Let the eggs cook for about 20 more seconds, then gently spoon them out into a bowl.
6. Repeat for the rest of the eggs.
1. Slice the baguette into 1/3 inches.
2. Toast the sliced baguettes in the oven or a toaster for 2 minutes at 340'C
3. (optional: you can spread a bit of margarine onto the baguette slices)
4. Assemble with a spoonful of salmon paste, then a poached quail egg, topped with green onions and salt & pepper to taste!
I’ve prepared few posts in advance, when I was still pregnant with Mia and I could spend days in a kitchen. I didn’t, but I could have. Oh because I’m not pregnant anymore. Mia is with us. She was born on 6th December and we named her Mia Sydney. And I know that one day it will catch me and bite me as she’ll celebrate her birthday on St Nicolas day (big in Poland) and she’s named after a city.
I am not going to describe here how it went except for mentioning that it was fairly easy and fast. I came to my hospital at 8:30 and at 16:30 I was back home with a child. 6 days has passed and I must admit that my life has changed. I still have delicious breakfasts thanks to amazing Tomasz, I still enjoy my days and time, now with Mia. But I love another person and this is crazy amazing. When they gave her to me in a hospital I was like “well, ok, she’s red and looks like an old person”. Then I fall asleep for few hours and Tomasz was the one holding her on his naked chest all this time. We went back home and I was tired and that was pretty much all I’ve felt. But within the next few days I fell in love with this small creature with such an intensity that I kept observing her at night as I was afraid that she’ll stop breathing. I think it’s all because her magical smell - my baby smells like heaven. And now I kiss her 1.000.000 times per day and it’s not enough. Yep, I kissed a girl and I liked it!