Thursday, September 10, 2015

Lemon Vinaigrette

I can't deny that serving salad to most kids are pretty challenging. Quite often, I will get negative comments such as...

"Salad again!"
"Mum, why are we eating salad?"
"Can I don't eat this?"
"Mum, you like salad and I'm so kind that you can have more of mine"
etc etc etc...

Nice try, son! I'm sorry to say that you still have to eat your greens...

Despite all, my son will eventually finish up his salad with less whinging when I serve our salad with homemade salad dressings like simple balsamic vinaigrette, Japanese white miso dressing or Japanese style sesame salad dressing. Most recently, I have discovered another beautiful salad dressing and it is this easy lemon vinaigrette.

This easy recipe came from the book, Courtyard Kitchen by Natalie Boog...

lemon vinaigrette
Lemon Vinaigrette
It is super to make as it contains 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp lemon juice...
... and 125ml (1/2 cup) of olive oil.
Instead of olive oil, I used just two tablespoons of brown rice oil and it works well for me too.
Place all ingredients into a container with lid.
Season with salt and pepper.
Seal and shake to combine.
Pour it on your salad and serve!

So easy!

My son loves this dressing so much that he slurps the rest of it discreetly whenever he is the last person to finish his salad... Hmmm...

As this is part of my review of the book, Courtyard Kitchen by Natalie Boog, I'm sorry that I have agreed to the publisher that I can't publish the recipes in this book in this book review.

In any case if you like to make this vinaigrette, please read my post in details, you will see that you can actually make this dressing without a written recipe as I have fully illustrated the process very thoroughly. *wink*

If you like to know more about this book, I love to tell you more...

Courtyard Kitchen by Natalie Boog

In this book, there are more than 80 fresh food recipes and they are mainly classified according to the common herbs and fruits that you can grow easily in your garden. 

I promise you that there are plentiful of recipes to try and cook in this book... There are risottos, roasts, pizza, pasta, salad and soups, cakes, biscuits, sorbets and many sweet treats. All delicious and mostly everyday and healthy food that we can cook or bake and enjoy for all occasions.

What impresses me the most is that these recipes use the freshest ingredients that you can grow within your space. Seriously, how good is that? I can't imagine anything better than these honest, well-tested and easy to prepare food???

The recipes are classified according these homegrown herbs and fruits. 

To start, this book introduces the common herbs and potted fruits that can thrive in small spaces like courtyards, decks, balconies and windows. Then, it tells us how to grow these herbs and plants and uses them cleverly to enhance our everyday food. 

For this instance, it answers some of our common planting questions that we would commonly ask...

Natalie is right... I usually do both to get the best of both options :)
This is awesome! I like to try this natural type of spray to combat against aphids!!!
Bye bye you naughty naughty aphids!!! 

I really think that this book is useful. If you like the book too, you may wish to know that this book is available now at AUD$39.99 in most retail or online book shops.

Before ending this post, I like to thank Murdoch Books for giving me this opportunity to do this review. I like to make a disclaimer here that I'm not paid to do this and like to share my most honest opinions with everyone who read this review. I hope that you like reading my cooking experience with this book and hope that you will enjoy this book like how I do.

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1 comment:

  1. Zoe,
    Wohoo! No more unhealthy salad dressing. Thanks for sharing!