Monday Essay Meal.
However! A rushed night is the perfect opportunity for a quick, healthy and amazingly tasty dinner. This is one for people who like strong flavours. It is my version of my mother's adaptation of a Nigella Lawson salad from her book 'How to Eat'.
It is a warm salad, which may sounds bizarre, or like you will still need to eat half a pizza afterwards but trust me you won't.
- Bacon Lardons, or Pancetta. I used half a pack of bacon ones from Tesco and that was a perfect amount for me alone!
- Salad leaves, a peppery salad will work best with the strong flavours in this dish, I used spinach, rocket and watercress. If you prefer something else though, go for it.
- a tbsp of olive oil
- a tsp of mustard
- a tsp of balsamic vinegar
- parmesan shavings
- an egg (optional)
- two cloves of garlic
- Put the oil in a small frying pan on a high heat and fry the garlic for a couple of minutes, when it starts to brown STOP. Then, fish the garlic out with a spoon and chuck it. I leave a bit in, but it's main purpose is to flavour the oil. (By all means, skip this step and use garlic oil if you have it).
- Then, add the lardons. It will only take a few minutes for them to go golden brown and crispy, cook them until they are as well done as you like but it shouldn't be more than five. Once you've cooked them, use a slotted spoon or just fish them out of the pan, leaving the juices behind and lay the lardons on the bed of salad leaves.