Tomorrow is the farmer's birthday. As well as his present (I will put a picture on tomorrow when he has seen it) I am also taking him out to lunch today, so I sit here in my dressing gown at 9.15am, the sun is trying to break through thin cloud, and I shall go shortly for my shower. I will finish the post this afternoon when I can tell you what we have eaten. All I know is that I had a bowl of delicious salad for tea last evening and all I have had for breakfast is a nectarine and a banana, so I should be well ready to eat at lunch time.
This is the year of the salad for us, and I made one for tea yesterday which was given to me on my blog by Elizabeth in New York. I can thoroughly recommend it; it takes only minutes to make but is best made a couple of hours in advance to give time for the flavours to meld.
Empty a can of chick peas, rinse well under cold water and drain. Add a red onion chopped up small (or I used chopped up spring onions) and cubed, cooked beetroot (I use Tesco's sweet, spicy beetroot). I added to this quartered cherry tomatoes and then a dressing of mixed herbs, lemon juice and olive oil. Before I brought it to the table I garnished it with chopped parsley.
As Elizabeth says, her husband loves it because the beetroot turns the chick peas into a pretty pink.
We ate it with Scotch eggs which I halved and put on the top (sorry John).
Very nice lunch as it always is at the Golf Club (we are not members as neither of us plays golf, but the restaurant is open to anyone and is jolly good value). The farmer had beef broth, roast topside of beef with Yorkshire Puddings, roast parsnips, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, brocolli, green beans and carrots and finally lemon meringue pie with cream followed by a cup of tea.
I had garlic mushrooms and roast salmon in a white wine and tarragon sauce - and then just a cup of coffee. Now we are both trying hard to keep awake, which is why I have come on my computer.