Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Broccoli Salad, Jamie Oliver, and Norway

We're on our way out of town and won't be back until after Easter.  It's our second annual ski trip to Norway and, despite all the snow we had in Denmark this winter, we're still excited.  We've picked a new resort to try, so I'll let you know about it when we return.  I'm also planning to report back on the Norwegian food.  I'm seeing lots of pickled herring in our future.

In terms of today's topic, I've been meaning to write about this recipe for some time.  It's truly fantastic.  What's more, it hails from the great Jamie Oliver, who is even more my hero now that he's taken on rescuing American school kids from the pathetic "food" served in the majority of school cafeterias.  Go Jamie!  Plus, he gave a great talk about his mission when he accepted a recent award, check it out below. (I'd also like to thank my friend Kira for turning me onto this recipe in the first place!)

Broccoli Salad (Jamie Oliver)

2 large heads broccoli
8 slices of smoked bacon
olive oil
3 red, firm tomatoes, halved, deseeded and finely sliced
a small bunch of fresh chives (with flowers if you can get them), finely chopped, flowers reserved

1/2 clove garlic, peeled and grated
2 t Dijon mustard
6T extra virgin olive oil
2T white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

Please make your way over to Jamie's website for the instructions and a MUCH better photo.  I'm sorry, but broccoli just isn't that photogenic.

Happy spring!

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