Nectarine and Radish Salsa

This refreshing salsa come from Cooking Light’s summer edition and I can tell you now if you want to make it right, please wait til summer.

Frequent readers know that I like to challenge myself and be resourceful and sometimes rebellious in my cooking. I do this not only for the value of entertainment, (which is hopefully entertaining to you as it is to me), but so you can learn from my mistakes.

I personally trust those who inform me of their mistakes more than those who claim perfection.

Show me the person who is perfect and I’ll look for some kind of loophole. Like maybe they came from space. It’s not a thing that should be ruled out folks.

What you’ll need.

  • 2 1/4 cups (1/4-inch) diced nectarines
  • 1 1/2 cups radishes, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

The major ingredient in this salsa is nectarines which is why I strongly suggest you only make this dish in the summer. I made it in the winter and could not find nectarines to save my life.

I also could not find fresh peaches, which is the alternative I was hoping to use. What I opted for was canned peaches, which messed with the texture of the salsa and left me feeling a bit disappointed.

If you absolutely have to use canned peaches as a substitute, drain the liquid as much as possible.

Other than nectarines, the ingredients should be easy to find. The rest of the steps are also easy peachy.  All you have to do is mix everything together and then let it sit for a half hour.

That’s all there is to it.

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Again, this turned out ok, but the texture was off which disappointed me.  The canned peaches caused too much saturation and as I mentioned earlier were too mushy.

I think if done right, it should come out like a fruity ceviche which I suppose can also be a bit saturated, but I’d say a good ceviche should be more like a steady creek stream instead of a roaring river or lake as it was in my case.

Despite my disappointment I do recommend giving this is a try. I’m sure it’d be satisfying in the summer time on a hot day.

I look forward to hearing if that’s the case.

Smoke on the Sausage Salad

I was surprised when I opened up The French Farmhouse Cookbook for my next recipe to find that putting sausage on your salad is a thing.

I’m an omnivore who enjoys the fine cuisine of sausage, but never have I ever had a sausage salad.

Then I thought about it more. Why is that such a surprise? I mean why not put sausage on your salad? We put steak, chicken, and even seafood on top of beds of lettuce and call it salad. Yet, this was a shocker to me.

What was not a shocker, spoiler alert, is that it’s quite good.

What you’ll need.

  • 2 smoked sausages, such as kielbasa
  • 2 cups of white wine, such as Sancerre Blanc
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of minced shallot
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 7 ounces of escarole or curly endive leaves (8 cups loosely packed), rinsed patted dry, and torn into bite-size pieces

Our first step is to cook the sausage in that fine white wine you bought and are hopefully drinking as you cook because why not? Crazier things have been done.

The cookbook says to add water until the sausages are covered with liquid. It also says you can use all of the wine. I took this as for yourself, but it might have been about the sausage.

Oops…

Anyway, bring the sausages to a boil, then reduce the heat to allow it to simmer partially covered for 20-30 minutes.

As the sausage is simmering, go ahead and make the salad dressing which consists of whisking the vinaigrette, salt, pepper, shallot, and olive oil together. Next, add this dressing to the escarole and toss.

When time is up for the sausages, remove them from the pan and slice into 1/4 inch thick slices. It is also suggested that you create a rosette pattern with the sausage bits.

I have to say that I appreciate this authors dedication to beauty and creativity.

Serve your sausage piece of art alongside bread and that wine that you may or may not have drunk while cooking.

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My final result turned out to be another simplistic dish that satisfied the pleasure centers of my tastebuds. The combination of juicy plump sausages soaked in white wine and bitter vinegar soaked escarole left me wondering why I never tried it before.

So, yes I do recommend sausage on a salad and look forward to others making this discovery as well. Enjoy!