I hope you had a nice start to the New Year.
We welcomed 2013 at the beach with friends and a bonfire followed by a trip to our favorite citrus grove. We spent the rainy afternoon picking fruit and letting the kids enjoy nature, mud and all. The best.
It is that time of year when we infuse our kitchen with the aromas of zest and juice. Pommelo supremes with sheep’s milk yogurt and honey, red navel orange juice as a mid-afternoon snack, grapefruit and olive oil madeleines and lots of salads like this one. Pea shoots, navel orange, watermelon radish, scallions and bonito tuna that my parents brought back from the Basque Country. We cannot get enough.
I am leaving for NYC tomorrow where I will be hosting a CityGrit dinner (want to join me?) and I have packed a few oranges in my bag. I plan on baking a citrus cake when I return. Can I tell you I have been daydreaming about this cake? True.
I will be back soon with more photos from our trip to the citrus grove, Alaska and a book signing at Fig and Fauna. So much to share. Oh and next week, I will be in Montreal hosting a book signing and cooking demo at Appetite for Books and a cooking class and dinner at SAT Labo.
In the meantime, I leave you with the healthful salad. Next time I will add avocados and smoked salmon. Yes?
Pea shoot, orange, watermelon radish and bonito salad
4 cups (100 g) pea shoots, watercress or other greens you might like
2 Navel oranges, peeled and cut into rounds
1 watermelon radish, finely sliced (preferably with a mandoline)
2 purple scallions, diced
4 ounces (110g) olive oil-packed bonito tuna (this is the one my parents bring from Basque Country)
3 tablespoons chopped pistachios
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 teaspoons champagne or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Mix the first 6 ingredients on a platter. Drizzle with olive oil, orange juice, vinegar and salt. Toss the salad with your hands, massaging the pea shoots. Allow the salad to sit for 5 minutes before serving, this will soften the pea shoots a bit and will mix all the flavors together.