A New Years Resolution
Christmas is not here yet, and I’m already thinking of New Years’ resolutions. Food resolutions, that is. Although I try to eat well at least 70% of the time, I know I still need to increase the amount of fruits in my diet. I’ve already figured out a way to do it.
No more boring fruit salads.
Nothing totally against you, good old mix of cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple and the odd strawberry or grape in the buffet or plastic container at the supermarket. Just think how much better you would be with a pinch of salt, little dressing, a sprinkling of herbs, or the crisp bite of red onion.
Olive Onion and the Supremes
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Orange and Olive salad, really sang in my mouth. Supremes of navel oranges and ruby red grapefruit, thin slices of red onion, a few sliced Kalamata olives, sea salt, and olive oil. As a nod to the bonne idea and the Moroccan inspiration behind the salad, I also added a few drops of orange blossom water to the olive oil. I knew this combination would be harder to pair with dinner, so I served it instead for breakfast. It would also make a great mid-afternoon snack, when those cravings for both sweet and salty bites creep up on you. Another great fruit cup alternative!
Attack of the Word Nerd
This recipe wraps up a surprising one-two punch of Moroccan influenced recipes. Coincidence, FFwD Santa? Thanks to Mardi’s Mr. Neil, last week we learned that the French name for Morocco is Maroc (and that they produce great Syrah). If you find yourself needing to know the Spanish name for the Arab ‘kingdom of the West’, it is Marruecos.
I hope all our Doristas and loyal readers who celebrate Christmas have a wonderful holiday with their family and friends. May you be blessed with the company of your family and friends!
French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where its participants, the fearless Doristas, work their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table. Need more orange and olive salad inspiration? Click here! The original recipe is posted here.