Every year I challenge myself with finding new ways to use all the oranges we have at our disposal. In fact, I have a secret Pinterest board dedicated solely for this purpose. I’ve saved all kinds of things; cakes, breads, glazes, salads, donuts, infused oils, cleaning products, holiday decorations …you name it, I’ve pinned it. I’m not sure I’ll ever attempt making all of them but they’re there as inspiration should the mood strike. With oranges being in season during the winter months, I figure those cold lazy days could be made useful by making a few things.
What better way to beat the winter doldrums than to immerse yourself in a beautiful book devoted solely to Citrus! My dear friend Victoria Pearson has filled it’s pages with stunning images and well known food stylist and recipe developer Valerie Aikman-Smith provided mouth watering recipes you’ll want to have on repeat in your kitchen. They offered to share a few recipes with us here and give away a copy of their new book – signed by Victoria Pearson.
It’s hot over here. I’m guessing the temps are high in your neck of the woods as well. Summer has arrived in all her glory and no one in America wants to fire up their stove for fear of adding even a single degree farenheit to their kitchen. That’s where this salad comes in…just slice cucumbers, add dressing, and keep chilled until you’re ready to serve. It’s great with steamed rice, pot stickers or grilled barbecue chicken. You could also add it to a Bahn Mi type sandwich with rotisserie chicken and shredded carrots on a baguette. It keeps well and transports easily for picnics and impromptu beach trips. Stay cool my friends! Hope you give this one a try!