This recipe was partly inspired by a recipe for a beetroot, carrot and bean slow cooker casserole from Sara Lewis’ Ultimate Slow Cooker cookbook. The remaining “inspiration” was more like desperation when I needed to come up with some sort of dish to take to a pot luck dinner and the fridge was fairly bare apart from plenty of beetroot and carrots. A salad was thrown together and turned out to be one that the family voted a ‘make again’. It has been through several tweaks and trials and each has been a success with a different member of the family. So it can be changed according to what you have available: use brown onions instead of red and green or savoy instead of red cabbage. The cabbage can be lightly steamed instead of raw and the green beans left out completely or swapped for another green vegetable such as broad beans or broccoli. The amount of dressing is enough to coat the vegetables and it can be incorporated before serving. Omit the garlic aioli if desired (or use mayonnaise instead) although I like the slight tang it adds to the dressing. The salad is filling enough to be served as a main course and any left overs are perfect for lunch the next day.
In the latest Australian Women’s Weekly issue (New Zealand edition (November 2015)), Nigella speaks about the therapy of baking. I don’t often buy the AWW as I have to limit my magazine purchases in order to keep to my assigned budget but occasionally something on the cover calls out to me. Most often it is a kiwi food writer or chef and I always buy the December issue because I LOVE the recipes. In my experience, AWW recipes are very good and so they should be, triple tested and all. I triple test my own recipes because I want them to be as “good” and fail-safe (and because the piglets in my house eat all the baking as I’ve forgotten I need to take photo’s. I still haven’t posted my Apple Caramel Slice recipe because as soon as I make it, it is demolished).
Lamb & Couscous Salad with Tzatziki
I know the first thing you are going to say to me – where is the apple in this recipe?There is no apple in this recipe. I suppose I could sneak some in somewhere …. but apple for the sake of apple even if it doesn’t go? Hmmm, perhaps not.