Evening bloggy friends, hope this blog finds you all well. Anyways, I had a really productive day. Pandabear went off to work early in the morning for an orientation, so I forced myself out of bed around 9.30am which is a record time cos I’ve been sleeping in nearly all of last week. Anyways, email & facebook in the morning and then hitting the gym for an hour then came home and started the first day of my cook book challenge. I love Jamie Oliver, he’s such an inspirational chef and when I opened his cook book it turned my attention to salad dressing – up you’ve heard it salad dressing which is such a coincidence cos I’m sort of trying to shed some pounds and making salad dressing would be great 🙂
Anyways, his tips of washing vegies – I bought myself some cos lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, avocados and cucumbers. So following his tip of washing vegies and storing them in the fridge. I started washing the cos lettuce in the sink:
Now, to store the vegies Jamie recommended keeping your leaves in the fridge or in a bowl under a damp cloth until you use them. I didn’t have a damp cloth so I substituted with a damp paper towel.
Now, I started observing some different salad dressings recipes – they seemed pretty easy enough, main ingredients are extra virgin olive oil and some acidity ingredients such as lemon/orange and spices such as cloves/oregano/star anise. So I ended up making 4 tubs of salad dressings which would last me for weeks 🙂 first salad dressing was a lemon oil dressing…
It was easy, mixing all the ingredients together, Jamie said to grab some jam jars – I couldn’t find suitable jam jars and the containers I found are quite expensive so abit of substitution is using plastic round tub containers and after placing a lid on, I madly shake the container so that the oil and lemon juice will emulsify 🙂
I had a little taste and added more salt/pepper to balance the dressing out – it was delicious and very simple.
Next dressing was balsamic vinegar dressing…
This dressing is just as easy, mix both balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil together and I balanced it out with some salt/pepper. Delicious!
Next is Sicilian dressing which has more ingredients – acidity such as lemon juice and orange juice, spice – dried oregano and extra virgin olive oil…
and mix them altogether, you get Sicilian dressing a little sweeter than lemon oil dressing as it’s got the orange juice and a bit of kick with the spice of dried oregano 🙂
and last dressing I made is spiced vinegar dressing which is quite interesting I pour some white wine vinegar into a pot and chucked in some cloves and star anise and boil it until it reduced to 1/2 and wait for it to cool down and add extra virgin olive oil and balance it out with salt/pepper. The aroma of star anise and cloves were fantastic!
and the final product…
Anyways, after I’ve finished all the salad dressings – I’ve labelled them all and put them into the fridge – wow here’s my months supply of salad dressings!! Why would I even consider the bottled of salad dressings from the supermarket. These salad dressings from Jamie’s cook book are brilliant….no more bottled salad dressings for me!
now time to make myself a wholesome salad using one of my salad dressings – I choose lemon oil dressing… and the left over orange juice and lemon juice – I made them into a cup of tangy juice so that nothing goes to waste 🙂
for dinner, I showed Pandabear all my salad dressings and also made a plate of meat balls spaguetti accompanied by a nice bowl of salad – for dressing I used the balsamic dressing and it was delicious!
Cook book challenge success? Absolutely!!