Archive for May, 2012

“A birthday is just another 365 days around the sun. Enjoy the trip.”

– Girlzilla

“Sex is like air; it’s not important unless you aren’t getting any.”

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Never long for anyone from the past. There is a reason why they never made it to your future.”

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
– Albert Camus

“No bird soars too high, he soars on his own wings.”
– William Blake

“I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.”
– Woody Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Apple-Fennel Salad

4-6 oz chicken tenders
baby greens
1/2 apple
1/2 cucumber
1 avacado
1/4 cup almond slivers
jalapeno olive oil

 

Dressing:
pomogranate vinegar
raspberry champagne vinegar
olive oil
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
beau monde
celery salt

 

Grill the chicken with the jalapeno olive oil in a pan until brown. Layer the lettuce in the bottle of a bowl. Slice apples and cucumbers into fingerlings and add to lettuce. Add the sliced chicken,  avacado and  almond slices.

Drizzle a half teaspoon or so of the vinegars. Add the fennel seeds, sea salt, pepper, beau monde and celery salt…..a light sprinkle of each. Drizzle a teaspoon or so of the olive oil last before tossing the salad

 

I am starting to work on my salad cookbook, Sexy Salads, and will be experimenting on a daily basis. I will post the various creations as I go. No two salads are ever the same and they are created with a little of this and a little of that….there’s not much measuring involved. If you see something that you like, but creative and add your own personal touches.

My rule of thumb for salads is use the most fresh ingredients as possible (I grow my own herbs and some veggies) and layer. Layering different ingredients is what makes the salad interesting, bringing different colors, flavors and textures to the dish.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. There are a wide variety of flavored vinegars and oils on the market today. Whole foods has a great selection. If there is an ingredient that you don’t like, leave it out!

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
– Buddha