Eats, Shoots & Reads

Eats #21: Yummy Disaster

Ingredients: [Dressing] 70g goats cheese, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, juice 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon walnut oil, 30g parmesan cheese. [Other] 2 large ripe peaches, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, frisee mixed leaf lettuce, parmesan, small bunch mint.

Difficulty: 2/5
Rating: 5/5

Start by preparing the goats cheese dressing. Crumble the goats cheese into a pestle and mortar and add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix together and add the olive oil, lemon, walnut oil. Finally add the parmesan cheese and mix one final time.

Strip the lettuce leaves and give them a good wash and allow to dry. Meanwhile halve the peaches and char them on both sides using a hot griddle pan.

Finally dress the salad leaves and plate up the lettuce and peaches. Sprinkle the peaches with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and finish with a drizzle of olive oil – serve!

Review

From the start this recipe was a bit of a disaster. The dressing was over powered by the olive oil and I was convinced it had started to split. As I didn’t have enough ingredients to start again I had to hope it was OK and carry on.

Next disaster, the peaches… I’d foolishly ignored the “ripe” part of the recipe and removing the stones was both an unknown task and a poorly executed one. I destroyed 2 peaches in the process but finally managed to salvage 4 halves.

The final disaster, the lettuce. I was unable to find frisee or endive lettuce (I still have no idea what either look like) so I chose a mixed leaf lettuce that closely resembled the picture however as this recipe relies on the tender inner leaves I had no idea how this would turn out.

I persevered and griddled my peaches, dressed my salad and plated up, expecting to hate every bite… boy was I wrong!

The salad was crisp and juicy and the dressing had toned down it’s olive oil flavour. The peaches were warm, sweet, juicy and the charred areas were crunchy, crisp, caramelised and delicious.

The recipe as a whole works really well together. The sweetness of the peaches with the salty, creaminess of the goats cheese dressing was amazing – definitely a dish I’ll do again and I’m sure it’ll be presenting itself in a dinner party in the not too distant future!

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