A really nice salad

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A really nice salad

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I am really sorry, but I forgot to take a photo :oops: but I made the most visually pleasing salad I have ever made a couple of days ago!! Even I was impressed! {rofwl}

It was.....mixed leaves, red and yellow toms, red onion, cucumber, torn basil leaves, green olives, red pepper and an assortment of violet/yellow and deep purple viola flowers. I served it with a blood orange balsamic vinegar (bought from a local farm shop) and a moussaka and garlic ciabatta.

Followed by homemade steamed jam sponge and custard and served with homemade rhubarb wine.

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Aww Helen what .ang. a shame, I forgot to take a picture of my northern salad too
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Both sound lovely {rofwl} {rofwl}
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wendy wrote:Both sound lovely {rofwl} {rofwl}



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{rofwl}
I love putting flowers in salads - my children all get madly excited about it as well - sadly both my boys eat all the nasturtium flowers straight off the plant, long before they make it to the salad bowl!
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I went to a friend's house the other day and had chive flowers in a salad (competitive - moi?) and they were lovely (hope they were edible {rofwl}) and I have to say the violas did add a certain je ne sais crois to the dish.

I will certainly use them again, especially as I have them in my tubs on the doorstep +f+
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Borage flowers in ice cubes for summer drinks is my favourite- so easy, but everyone is always soooo impressed +f+
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Funny you should say that - when I was a young woman, I always fancied doing an ice bowl that I saw in a magazine. You get two bowls, one inside the other, and pop a little water in between them and freeze. Then add a little more insertin herbs/floers, then freeze again, then add more/freeze and again until you have a full bowl shape.

Then you turn it out just before serving with salad or fruit......I have never tried it but it sounded great
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ooh- we did those at New Year, and made ice-lanterns - all along the edges of the path for our party :-D They looked amazing - but no-one took any pictures )gr:
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The lanterns sound a brilliant idea - did they melt really quickly?
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Sounds lovely Helen. Salad's are much underrated and the best bit is... as you've had a salad, you can have double pudding )grin2(

Must admit, eating flowers scares me a bit, I just can't get my head around it. Although we are growing electric daisies this year as I got fed up of Izzy nagging me :-D
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Electric daisies? What are they? :?
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p.penn wrote:The lanterns sound a brilliant idea - did they melt really quickly?


They lasted surprisingly well, especially as it wasn't particularly cold at New Year. I think we put them out at about six, and they were still clinging on by midnight - melting gradually, but they look pretty as they melt.
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p.penn wrote:Electric daisies? What are they? :?


Not really sure yet as they are still wee little seedlings but the packet of seeds looked fun...
http://www.suttons.co.uk/Gardening/Vege ... 147045.htm

We've also bought some cucamelon seeds although we forgot to plant them so will have to save them for next year...
http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/savou ... cucamelons

It's a great range of odd foodie bits )t'
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The Electric Daisies sound weird - fascinating, but weird ....
Do let us know what they are like when you have eaten some >mmm<
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