Spring salad

When he was here last week our son gave us a copy of Ottolenghi the Cookbook, full of the kind of food we love.  Today for lunch Lo Jardinièr made his interpretation of one of the recipes in it – a salad of griddled asparagus and courgette, with rocket from the garden, some of our pickled orange peppers, and goats’ cheese from Mas Rolland.  It made a perfect colourful lunch for a spring day.

asparagus salad

Out in the vineyards the vines are now growing proper leaves and the beginnings of flower buds – this year’s wine is well under way.


There’s one garriguette strawberry turning red in the garden – I hope we can eat it before the birds get to it!


And the cistus bushes are beginning to flower.  The flowers look like crumpled tissue paper and last only a day – I think I got to this one a bit late, but there’ll be many more.

first cistus

10 thoughts on “Spring salad

  1. Such a wonderful time of the year and your salad is a great way to celebrate it! You must have quite the collection of photos detailing the growth of the vines. I’ve certainly enjoyed those that I’ve seen.

  2. How wonderful, the killing frost has burnt all the leaves on our grapes and crisped the buds, but I am hoping it will recover.. I really envy you the cheeses you can buy over there, that must be such a treat! c

  3. ottolenghi is similarly popular in these parts – a particular favourite is roasted butternut squash and red onions with tahini and stuff – we even served it at the (atheists’) passover meal – in fact, i would go so far as to say that ottolenghi is the closest thing there is to a religion in north london

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