Its my oldest son's birthday today. He is 42. I know . . . its hard for me to believe that I have a son that old also! Wasn't he just a babe in arms yesterday? I was only 19 when he was born. I wanted to be a mother more than anything in the world. He made my dreams come true! Happy Birthday son! So what has that got to do with salad? Nothing really, except that he is a brilliant cook in his own right! That acorn did not fall far from this tree!
I love salad season. I love making and eating salads. I have never met a salad that I did not like!
I also love potatoes. They are my favourite vegetable. I have always loved them. I can't do low carb because I can't live without my potatoes!
Tomatoes are another love of mine. Especially vine ripened tomatoes. Fresh and sweet. Some are sweeter than others. I prefer home grown, but when I do have to buy them, I buy the best I can afford and leave them at room temperature. That brings out the best flavours in them.
Bacon . . . who doesn't love bacon. I think my love of bacon (and a good steak) would actually prevent me from becoming a vegetarian!
Baby Rocket, or arugula as it is it is known in North America is another favourite of mine. I really enjoy its peppery, almost earthy flavour!
Goat Cheese . . . as a child I did not even know such a thing existed. (All my cheese came dyed orange and wrapped in plastic.) Soft, spreadable tangy goat cheese with its very distinct flavour is another thing I really, really enjoy!
Finally good Balsamic Vinegar and olive oil, extra virgin, something else which never had a place in my childhood and which I love. A good balsamic is rich and almost sweet and olive oil, peppery and rich. Put all these things together and you have one of the tastiest potato salads you could ever want to eat. This is a salad that I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE and LOVE! Try it. I think you will too!
*Bacon, Potato, Tomato & Rocket Salad*
with Goats CheeseServes 6 to 8