Best salad ever
This has to be the best salad ever made by my hands. By eating salad, I’m trying to lose weight by also not adding any sugar and cutting back on bread, pasta and rice. I know scallops are a bit extravagant, but it is the weekend and 100 g cost me $3.40. It was the chilli bacon though which made my mouth feel like there was a party going on.
I’m not exactly losing much weight but I am feeling better and my trousers certainly feel better. I can wear my favourite belt without using the special holes. At least I look thinner now than I did 15 years ago.
I have no idea if I can get back down to 77 kg but I hope before Christmas I can wear trousers one size smaller.
- 3 rashers Streaky bacon
- 100 g scallops
- Chilli flakes
- 2 Bird's eye chillies
- Savoy cabbage
- Cos lettuce
- 1 Green bean
- Dried Italian herbs
- Spring onions
- 100 g Blue cheese crumbled
- Donkey sauce
- Salted butter
Cut three streaky bacon rashers into thin cross-rasher slices
Spread the bacon pieces onto a baking sheet and add some chilli flakes, dried Italian herbs and freshly cracked black pepper
Cook the bacon in an oven at 200 °C for 20 minutes and allow the bacon to cool on absorbent paper after it has come out of the oven
In a small ceramic dish place the scallops making sure they are separated and some nobs of butter with some chilli flakes generously sprinkled on top
Cook the scallops and butter in an oven at 200 °C for 5 minutes and allow the scallops to cool and continue to cook in the butter while preparing the rest of the salad
Shred the Savoy cabbage and Cos lettuce and put into a mixing bowl
Slice the green bean and add to the mixing bowl
Thinly slice the Bird's eye chillies and add to the mixing bowl
Slice the Spring onions and add to the mixing bowl
Crumble in the Blue cheese to the mixing bowl
Add a couple of tablespoons of Donkey sauce and mix everything in the mixing bowl
Add the room temperature chilli bacon and mix
Plate up on a plate and then add the scallops
Spoon over some of the melted chilli butter for an added flavour addition
Shoot a few photographs and post to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
Eat the best salad ever
Wash the dishes
Write the recipe
Write a blog post and hope my friends share on social media
The whole plate
Questions and answers
What made this the best salad ever?
It was a chilli flakes cooked into the bacon and also into the scallops and butter. I think I can add chilli flakes to almost everything I eat. I might even add them to ice cream I reckon.
What’s it like having a party in your mouth?
I really like spicy foods that aren’t eye-watering hot. When I was in New Delhi earlier this year, every meal was spicy but the food wasn’t uncomfortably hot. I love that spicy sensation in my mouth.
What else made this salad memorable?
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