Recipe: burrata and prosciutto salad

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This favourite salad of mine doesn’t really require a recipe, but I wrote it down anyway, mainly as a reminder to myself. It’s the combination of some green leaves, fresh juicy tomatoes, salty ham and creamy burrata that makes it work, but you can add anything you like to this. I think it would be nice to add some olives and/or sunblush tomatoes, maybe some artichoke hearts, but it’s nice as it is. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Burrata salad with prosciutto, serves 2

1 small good quality burrata

4-6 slices prosciutto

150 g rocket 

approx 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

nice olive oil

balsamic vinegar

crema di balsamico

Divide the rocket and cherry tomatoes on two plates. Place a few slices of ham in the middle of each plate. Cut the burrata in two and place half on each plate on top of the ham. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar all over, paying extra attention to the burrata. To finish, season and drizzle with crema di balsamico. Serve with some nice bread. 

Girolles on toast, meat scewers and new potato salad with pears and blue cheese

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My aunt Pavla picked the first girolles of the season the same week I came home to visit, so my sweet parents saved them for me. Girolles are in my opinion a pure delicacy, and especially witht the first ones I think a simple approach is the best. So we the same toast we usually make. Fry some nice bread in butter. Then fry the girolles in butter and garlic. Add seasoning and chopped parsley and top the bread with the ‘shrooms. Simple and absolutely delicious!

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Mother also made some wonderful meat scewers with chicken, pork tenderloin and bacon in a tasty marinade with soy and ginger.

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And with the barbecued scewers we had this lovely salad a friend of my mother’s found in a magazine this spring. It has the slightly strange combination of lettuce, tomatoes, new potatoes, grilled pears, crumbled blue cheese and walnuts and it really works. So yummy!

Our pudding was simple as can be; just vanilla icecream with freshly picked strawberries and wild strawberries from the garden. What a treat! I just love the luxury of having so much produce in the garden (and woods). I loved growing up here, snacking on all sorts of berries, plums and pears as the summer went on.

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Meat scewers with soy and ginger marinade, serves 4

From the April edition 2013 of Lantliv Magazine.

about 600 g meat (we had a mixture of chicken pieces, pork tenderloin in pieces and bacon, on scewers). 

50 ml soy sauce

2 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1/2 lime, zest and juice

salt och pepper

Mix all the ingredients until the honey has dissolved. Brush the marinade on to the meat and let it sit for an hour in room temperature before barbecuing. 

Salad with new potatoes, pears and blue cheese, serves 4

Adapted from the April edition 2013 of Lantliv Magazine.

50 ml dijon mustard

50 ml honey

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

100 ml olive oil

salt, black pepper

300 g boiled new potatoes 

10 cherry tomatoes (or 10 wedges or regular sized tomatoes)

100 g mixed lettuce leaves

60 g blue cheese, crumbled

100 ml walnuts

1/2 red onion, sliced thinly

2 pears

Beat together mustard, honey and vinegar, add the oil drop by drop while whisking. Season. 

Cube the potatoes and cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Plate the lettuce, potatoes and tomatoes, scatter with blue cheese, walnuts and red onions.

Remove the seeds from the pears and cut into wedges. Grill on medium heat for a minute on each side (using a frying pan works too). Add the pears to the salad and drizzle with dressing. 

Summer salad with sweet potato, aubergine, spring onions and feta

This gorgeous weather needs some lighter food, don’t you think?! Especially if you like me live in a top floor flat with lots of skylights, that apart from letting light in also let the warmth in.

Last week I made this fantastic salad, and I have a feeling I will eat it all summer long. It is just that good. And apart from tasting good it is also good for you. Not bad, heh?

I ate it as it is pictured above, on its own, both for dinner one day and lunch the next. It would of course work well for a summer barbecue or a picnic too.

A salad is a salad; so look at the recipe below as a guide instead of a proper recipe. With the right ingredients you can’t go wrong.

Summer salad with sweet potato, aubergine, spring onions and feta, 2 portioner

2 baby aubergine

1 sweet potato

2 handfuls rocket

100 g feta

3 spring onions, chopped

½ lemon, the juice

extra virgin olive oil

salt, pepper

Wash the aubergine and cut into cubes of ½ x ½ cm. Peel the sweet potato and cut into equal cubes. Place in a roasting dish and coat with olive oil. Season. Roast unril soft, about 20-30 minutes, 200C.

When the vegetables are done, take out two salad bowls and put a handful of rocket in each. Divide the sweet potato and aubergine between the bowls and crumble the feta on top. Add the spring onions and dress the salad with lemon juice and a good olive oil. Season and dig in.