Friday, 17 June 2011
Veg Box Tales: Warm Chorizo and Squash Salad wth Pine Nuts
Set oven to 200 degrees or gas mark six. Peel and de-seed and chop up half a butternut squash. Okay you can go organic if you like, but mine was picked up from Lidl. Have I ever said that in reckless moments I impulse purchase vegetables from there?
Pop chopped squash on baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, season and bake for about thirty minutes. Oh! I also added the remains of a drained jar of peppers in oil that I cut into slivery slices. Not sure where these came from but they didn't do the recipe any harm. However, I'd say that they're not entirely necessary if these do not constitute one of the strange bunch of leftovers in your own fridge.
Meanwhile fry half a chopped onion (emergency purchase from Tesco Metro as veg box ones had run out!) a crushed clove of garlic and about one third of a chorizo sausage (Lidl again!) peeled and cubed on a gentle heat until the onion is soft but not black and crispy. Tip out from the pan with the juices.
Take a handful of pine nuts, chuck in dirty pan and toss around for a minute or so until toasted. Don't let them burn! Hint: Smoke detector going off means that you may have taken things too far.
Cube a block of feta cheese. Now I know that some of you frugal and thrifty afficionados would go for the cheapest but go on! Paying a bit more really is worth it in terms of cost to taste benefit. Mine was the one from the Truly Irrestible range at the Coop but Tesco do a barrel aged one which comes even more highly recommended.
Dress a packet of salad leaves. Hurrah! At last an ingredient from the veg box. Here, I feel that I moved to comment on the lemons that I used for the dressing. They were 25p each from a local fruit and veg merchant and were large and knobbly, just like the ones that you find on a continental holiday. Bliss!
Mix everything together and serve four hungry people immediately. Or do as I did. Save half the ingredients and make the same salad for two the next day. I promise that you won't have tired of it!