Sunday, December 26, 2010
Caesar Salad and Spicy Mustard Sauce
When traveling on business to San Francisco, I had the good fortune to be able to have time to visit Cafe Gratitude. I sampled appetizers and had a Caesar salad for the main course, and it was delicious. The capers really made the dish and I promised that I would attempt the dish at home. Yesterday, we spent the better part of the day at my Grandparent's house and I brought the salad for my dinner.
1/2 tsp Spicy Mustard Sauce (recipe below)
6 whole Black Peppercorns
1 small clove Garlic
1/2 cup Macadamia Nuts
1/4 cup water
juice from one Lemon
salt to taste
Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until they are very well combined. The peppercorns should be pulverized and blended well.
Spicy Mustard Sauce
(to be used very sparingly)
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Agave
Put the mustard seeds in a spice or coffee grinder and grind until fine. Stir in the other ingredients. This is really intended to be added to dressings and sauces, not to be enjoyed straight as it is overpowering. It blew out my palate after I had it with slices of quinoa flatbread, lettuce and sauerkraut. I couldn't taste the sauerkraut after the first helping. I would recommend adding to a little whipped cashews or macadamia nuts if you want a mustard spread for flat breads.
1 head Romaine, chopped
1 shredded carrot
1/4 c. rough chopped almonds
I put the capers and Caesar dressing in small bowls and let people decide the amounts they want on their salad. Some people dislike capers (I don't understand it, but I'll respect it). The almonds and sprouts add some additional nutrition and texture, but aren't necessary.
I don't understand why people say it's hard to stay vegan over the holidays. Perhaps I'd understand it a bit more if I had any inclination to have dairy. Staying dessert free on the other hand...I made two gluten free vegan lemon pies and didn't follow my own advice so today I had a bit of a sugar hangover. At least it makes it easier to stick to the diet going forward!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday! Annie enjoyed her new toys, and we had some fun family moments. There were some awkward and crazy moments too (like when Annie got in a fight with one of the 7 dogs in the house - twice). Seems like there was a dog or two per family segment for about an hour of our visit. It felt like 12 hours. Don't worry, everyone left full and injury free.
(definitely not the dog Annie fought with)
Annie with part of her toy stash. Notice the protective
paw over HER reindeer. 100% attitude.