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fig salad with greek oxymeli

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I make a really nice salad i learned from the Ottolenghi cookbook "Plenty" with figs, cheese and rughetta (rocket, rugola, arugula) and a honey and oil dressing. 

They opened up a new little Greek takeout/snackbar type place near where i work.  Now this may seem like nothing to you, but the foreign restaurants in rome can probably be counted on the fingers of one or two people's hands.  So it's a big deal.  And their stuff is quite good, fresh, and tasty. 

They offered us this special vinegar (oxymeli) made with figs and currants and vinegar and wine for the salad.  I tasted it and it immediately brought to mind this wonderful salad.  I bought some figs and some rughetta and some fresh pecorino cheese ("primo sale" - first salt) and mixed them in a dish with plenty of fresh basil leaves.  Then i made a dressing of olive oil, salt, pepper and this greek vinegar.  It was wonderful.  I sliced some nice crusty bread and had a meal on the table in about five minutes. 

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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What a delicious combination of flavors.

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
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That looks and sounds wonderful.

 

Plenty is a drop dead gorgeous book, isn't it?

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That looks and sounds wonderful.

 

Plenty is a drop dead gorgeous book, isn't it?


absolutely!  It changed my way of cooking, opened up my creativity.  It's so original.  (well, see my review on the book on cheftalk). 

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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Delicious, right up my alley.  And see?  You're getting the hang of posting pics!

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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