Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Salad recipe from My Foodie Auntie


I have an aunt who is always bringing in new dishes, trying new recipes and finding exotic food in the supermarket (I think I got my "foodieness" from her). She's that person that is always giving away recipes after the meal is finished and asking everyone what they had in their dishes and what ingredients they used.


Sweet and Nutty Salad



She's a math teacher and she has the most sincere, easy going , down to earth personality, and I've always enjoyed chatting with her. What I always admired about her is the fact that she is able to take criticism for her food even though she put her time and energy in it. She would just laugh about it, move on and try again.








When I got married at 16 and had to leave for the U.S with my husband she gave a CD gift full of recipes she had collected and that CD  became my holy reference for my first year of cooking.  She would also continue to email me recipes, gift me some food finds and cookbooks that she thinks are interesting and  write down cooking notes for me.

Her treasured recipe notebook



It's not that she invents those recipes but she knows what recipes to try and what combinations will work. And I think that what defends us as foodies. We're certainly not chefs, but we know good food and we recognize a winning recipe when we see one. And we can tailer the recipe to whatever we have in the fridge and what our kids and hubbies will or won't like . She rarely follows the recipe as it is and so do I. 






I really hope that you try this salad , it's soo good you don't want to miss out. I am actually eating it now as I am writing this post.


Salad



Sweet and Nutty Salad

2 cups chopped lettuce
1 cup shredded chicory
2 handfuls fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup halved baby tomatoes
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/8 cup roasted pine nuts
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
2 Tbs ground flax seeds
1 tsp dried mint


dressing:

1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried mint
1 tsp pomegranate syrup
1 tsp white vinegar
1 Tbs yogurt
1/8 tsp garlic powder
juice of half a lemon
1/4 cup olive oil

13 comments:

  1. Looks delicious Fatemah. It must have been lovely having your aunt sending you recipes and foodie advice after you moved to the US - a real taste of home.

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    1. Thanks suzie for stopping bye. Yeah it is always nice to get recips that are true and tried!

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  2. Hello from Toronto,

    Fatemah, I am visiting you from the Blogging your way course. Love your food and will be back to see more!

    Gabriela

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    1. Hi Gabriela...Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comment. Love the class already :)

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  3. hello Fatemah,
    your blog looks lovely and the recipes delicious, I'll be back
    Amalia from BYW

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    1. Hi Amalia..thanks for the sweet comment. I'll have a post about how to make middle eastern fluffy steamed rice by next week (fingers crossed :)...make sure you check it out.

      really nice having friends and classmates coming over on my little blog. Very humbling. Thanks again.

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  4. Refreshing salad. Found you through Lakshmi's purevege blog. Will be back again.

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    1. Thank you Lail. Hope you try and like some of the recipes here.

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  5. I can't tell you how close salads like this are to my heart. They absolutely remind me of what we ate at my family table growing up. One of my dearest aunties (who passed away suddenly two years ago) used to make something very similar to this, which made it all the more touching to find it here, on your blog.

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    1. Hi Yasmeen..
      I am so sorry about your auntie. I too associate lots of memories with food which is what made me start this blog. Thank you for stopping by. I checked your blog it is absolutely beautiful filled with yummy "familiar :) " food. I'll be a regular visitor.

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  6. Hi Yasmeen..
    I am so sorry about your auntie. I too associate lots of memories with food which is what made me start this blog. Thank you for stopping by. I checked your blog it is absolutely beautiful filled with yummy "familiar :) " food. I'll be a regular visitor.

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  8. The salad looks perfect and the accompanying story about your auntie is heartwarming.

    Have a good day!

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