St George’s Day & A Spring Salad Recipe:
English Apple and Walnut Salad
Salad days…….hot, balmy days with fluffy white clouds and the drowsy distant buzz of bees……the early morning translucent light that awakes me along with birdsong and the pale warmth of early sun beams that dance along the old oak beams and form a halo around the wash stand, these are the salad days of summer; and, as spring grows and stretches its blossom laden wings, I can feel the onset of salad days growing by the day with the desire for leaves and tangy dressings featuring high on my menu planning schedule. It’s been a while since I posted a salad recipe on Lavender and Lovage, which is strange, as we eat mixed salad (or salad leaves) for at least one meal every day. All leaves are welcome on our table, from bitter frisée to buttery bibb lettuce as well as crunchy baby gems, all dressed in an elegant or rustic style (home-made) dressing.
This salad doesn’t have any salad leaves in it, it’s a “Waldorf” style salad which is composed of fresh fruit (apples), dried fruit (sultanas, nuts (walnuts) and cheese (Blue Stilton) and is dressed in a tangy and yet slightly honey sweetened salad dressing which is made with walnut oil and apple cider vinegar. It’s a wonderful salad that is perfect for a light luncheon or supper dish and is perfect when served with crusty bread and a glass of chilled white wine.
The apples in this salad don’t discolour as there is lemon juice in the dressing and that makes it the perfect salad for a packed lunch, although you must make sure that you add the dressing to the salad before you pack it into your lunch box. I used English apples, Cox’s Orange Pippin and Worcester Pearmain as well as my own home-grown walnuts and a slab of beautiful
Cropwell Bishop Creamery Blue Stilton cheese, for a truly tasty English salad, and perfect for St George’s Day (yesterday), April the 23rd.
As well as my terribly English salad, I discovered some wonderful recipes here for more English salad and soup recipes: Stilton Soup with Parmesan Croutons, Old English Summer Soup and English Ale Mustard. I was also lucky enough to attend a special event on St Georges Day this year for Heck sausages, where they celebrated the English saint’s day with bangers in buns: BY JOVE … ST GEORGE’S DAY IN A SAUSAGE SANDWICH……”A family of Yorkshire sausage makers has cooked up the perfect excuse, if ever one was needed, to tuck into a tasty sausage sandwich this St George’s Day. Capturing the spirit of England’s Patron Saint, their version is made with their new HECK square sausage and features an ample dollop of strategically placed ketchup to help the nation celebrate one bite at a time on 23 April. HECK’s new moreish and, more importantly, square and skinless sausage patties fit perfectly between two small, square-ish slices of bread, making them ideal for creating your own edible St. George’s Day flag. All you need add is a little butter and a ketchup St George’s Cross as the finishing touch before you squish the whole lot together and enjoy.”…..
How to construct your St George’s Day Sausage Sarnie:
– The sausage – any favourite sausage will do but Fair & Square from Heck will help you get the flag aesthetics spot on and won’t roll out when you take a bite.
– The bread – a lightly toasted, square Ciabatta roll works perfectly but if you yearn for the tradition and comfort of a couple of white, crusty doorsteps, we won’t argue.
– Spread bread lightly with butter.
– Use a pipette for flag perfection or a spoon for a more rustic finish.
– Add caramelised onions as you wish.
– Swap ketchup for brown sauce and/or smear with English mustard if you must, but remember there’s not much scope for brown or yellow in the St George’s Day flag colour palette!
(Recipe: Heck Sausages)
That’s all for today, do pop back over the weekend to see what I have in store for you, and in the meantime, why not try this fabulous apple and walnut salad, and the sausage sarnie for Saturday brunch maybe? Have a great weekend and if this salad doesn’t fit the bill, why not try my Blue Cheese, Borage & Grilled Chicken Salad, Egg and Tomato Salad with Marigold & Chive Flowers or this lovely English Garden Salad with Cheese and Eggs. See you soon, Karen