Monday, July 13, 2009

The Great Mini Mater Invasion and the Pizza Salad

Once upon a time there was a salad, it was a cabbage salad, and it wasn't very exciting. It was depressing, really, and it needed some spicing up.
In walks the swedish pizza-chef with a fabulous recipe:

Shred half a head of green cabbage, preferably with a cheese-slicer. Place in a bowl.
Sprinkle on 1/2 tsp sea salt, a few turns with the black pepper grinder.
Add some italian seasonings - thyme, oregano, basil.
Mix up a small batch of basic vinaigrette: 1/3 apple cider vinegar and 2/3 oil (I used canola)
Pour the vinaigrette over the cabbage and spices, mix well.
Cover with plastic and let sit in fridge overnight.
Sample the next day and add more salt or pepper depending on your preferences.

All was well - the swedish pizza salad had been invented.

Swedish pizza is near and dear to my heart. When my friends ask what I want to eat while I'm at home, I always say "Let's get some pizza!" At which point they look at me like I'm crazy. But it is not true, they say, that you live in the land of deep dish pizza? The land of pepperoni and extra cheese? The land of Papa Johns, Little Ceasar and Domino's? Why do you want Swedish pizza?

Swedish pizza is thin crust, are single servings (if you LOVE them like I do!) and have interesting Italian names like Capricciosa, Quattro Stagniono etc. And they always come with a small container of pizza salad.

And now back to the SC homefront:

We are under attack. I repeat, we are under attack. The mini maters (also known as sweet currant) have decided to launch an invasion. They are all ripening and intense speed and take forever to pick. But they're good. Oh are they ever good. Especially on salads. Yum.

The zucchini is ripening at frightening speed. We had stuffed zucchini last night (and probably will all week). We have a boatload of cucumbers that needs something done to them, lots of green tomatoes (not mini), and a ton of melon flowers, but no melons. The corn is catching up, and I think we'll have to harvest the potatoes early, They just already died off.....just not a good potato year here.
Hope you are enjoying the fruits of your labor!


Lisa said...

Lena, love your post...working on making relish today (so many cucumbers!)Any suggestions on what to do with cucumbers other than pickles???

wvfarmgirl said...

I've never grown the currant tomatoes just because they do look to be a pain to harvest. But since you say they're so good, I might have to try them next year. I can't wait to try the swedish pizza with my cabbage!

Mrs. JP said...

Your little tomatoes are so pretty. They make a lovely display. Also, great for snacking!! Mine are running late but I hope to have some just like yours.

the inadvertent farmer said...

LOL...that is a good type of attack to be under. I'm sure you will do your duty and eat all the little guys! Kim

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

Oh yummy tomatoes! I am a little jealous. I don't know when or if I'll get any tomato this year.