Equine Dreams and Bitter Greens

Oh a horse a horse my kingdom for a horse…

We had a little adventure, thanks to Groupon, we got to sit on some horses for a half an hour while they walked through the snow. It was not exactly the greatest time ever, nor were the views much to speak off, oh and the stupid snowmobilers were omnipresent but still I got to be on a horse and that’s what counts.

Of course I haven’t a kingdom of any sorts for which to trade for a horse. But if I did I would trade it all for the magnificent one we met on Sunday. He was a Percheron, a white one, he was like an enourmous unicorn ( but without the horn).

unicornish
What he looked like in my mind

 

I swear I got all giggly and short of breath, it was like all my 9 year old dreams came true he was going to be my best friend and my faithful companion forever and we would have adventures and I would wear dresses and flowers in my long long hair and I’d braid my hair and his mane every day and I’d have a bow and arrow and off we’d go to Narnia, where we’ll have tea with Mr. Tumnus and Aslan will make all the snow disappear.

white-percheron-2
What he really looked like- still f’ing incredible

 

Of course none of that happened, I did get to pet his nose a bit, and since I had no snacks he was pretty disinterested in me and the sound of my dreams being shattered like so many discarded light bulbs rang through the winter air, except not really, what happened was he got a little bitey so we left him alone, his head was like 4 feet long he was the biggest horse I’ve ever seen in person, I did not want to piss him off.

He was a most absolute and excellent horse.

And as this is the winter of my discontent that is clearly not yet been made to glorious summer by anything.. yet but I hope it will, perhaps not till aft the ides of March.

Ok I’m done now its out of my system. Well, almost I must tell you of my Salad days, when I was green with envy and most definablely cold in blood. Ok, I’m done.

I have been craving bitter bitter greens lately and I made a terrific salad last night, it was pretty powerful flavor wise, all this white white snow is so lacking and I wanted something that was almost shocking, just almost too much and this salad was exactly that.

I think we  need bitter after so much soft food and sweet food and sort of innocuous comfort-y foods like stews and potatoes. This salad sort of slaps you in the face, like a Film Noir broad would. “Stop yer whelping”,  it would say, if it could, a cigarette dangling from the corner of it’s mouth, a martini at it’s elbow.. “Sit up straight, life ain’t always soft and sweet, sometimes its tough to chew, its bitter, and also kind of fishy, but that don’t make it bad”

chicory

A Broad’s Salad : Chicory with Asiago and Anchovy

  • 1 Head chicory (washed & dried)- (sometimes called curly endive)- in a pinch or if you are a wuss you could use escarole or romaine but it won’t be the same.
  • 3 Anchovy fillets
  • 1 Large garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/3 Cup olive oil
  • 1 Tsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded asiago cheese
  • Lots fresh ground black pepper
  • Good Salt
  1. Rub Garlic clove all over the inside of your salad bowl
  2.  Cut or rip chicory in to bite size pieces and put in salad bowl & season liberally with salt & pepper
  3. Blend together the remaining ingredients  (plus the garlic clove)-  until creamy. I used a Magic Bullet blender for this but you could use a stick blender or a regular blender, if you whisk it by hand the cheese will never incorporate.
  4. Toss the salad

Serve with some grilled peasant bread rubbed with garlic, salt & oil.

You could totally put an egg on this, maybe two.

Hunks of crisp pancetta would not be bad either, nor would shaved fennel or marinated roasted tomatoes.

I feel like if you had this salad with a salumi plate and a few glasses of wine you’d be really content, but you’d have to include mortadella, it just feels right.

This is super fabulous as side with some fatty meat like pork belly or after a bowl of  rich pasta. We had ziti in Marcella Hazan’s tomato butter sauce – also known as the best fastest easiest tomato sauce ever.

ziti

 

What this week’s menu looks like:

 

Sunday

Richard Olney’s Chicken Gratin, Rice, Brussels Sprouts & Megan’s chocolate Almond Cake

( This recipe is a serious departure form my usual style, and it was good, and would probably make it for guests again, because its the sort of thing people who are not me really like- I feel the same way about mashed potatoes)

Monday

Marcella Ziti & Chicory Salad

Tuesday

Pork Loin with Mustard/Apricot, Sweet Potatoes, Kale

Wednesday

Turkey Meatloaf, Orzo Mac & Cheese Broccoli

Thursday

Red Cat Pan Roasted Chicken, Polenta, Roasted Tomatoes & Fennel

Friday

Home Made Pizza (meatballs??), Asparagus Salad

Saturday-

OHMYGOD MAYBE WE’LL GO OUT TO DINNER????????

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