Thursday, August 25, 2011
One man's junk another man's treasure...
So the thing is that each junk collector stakes his junk area. He sleeps in his car or has his family hang around to make sure that no one else takes anything from this pile. They then go home , cars and trucks completely packed with junk . They sort it out , clean it up and then take it to Flea markets to sell. Re-cycling at it's best!
Today being another really hot day I decided to make a pasta salad.
Again as typical of my recipes it is simple and fast and there is no order of how you mix things.
Ingrediants: for 2 people about 150 grams of good Italian Pasta
balsamic vinegar and regular vinegar , a bit of Soya
1/2 spoon of oregano, Lawreys seasoning salt, thyme,and parsely
small jar marinated forest mushrooms
small jar marinated artichokes
red pepper and garlic
a bit of soya sauce
Boil the pasta for 10 minutes until it is al dente and then quickly rinse it with cold water and add 1 tbs spoon of Olive Oil and 1tbs spoon white vinegar, 1tbs of Balsamic vinegar and one clove of garlic that has been pressed thru a garlic press and stir and let cool.
Once cool add the artichokes adding also a bit of the oil they were marinating in .
Then add the forest mushrooms and again add a bit of the oil they were marinating in.
Just do not add too much as at the end you can adjust the taste.
Now add the oregano , the thyme , the seasoning salt and soya. Remember to add these after the marinating oils have been added otherwise you might have a very spiced up salad. The marinating oils have a great taste with their own herbs so try and keep that in mind ....always taste first then add..
Here in hungary we can find these red peppers. They are actually used
for stuffing ( you can stuff that Korozott you made last night into them LoL) but I use them here as I prefer the taste. They are thinner skinned so they are better in a salad. They do not get all mushy.
Just before serving add a few sprigs of parsley, it again will give it a nice bit of color. I use sprigs as not everyone likes parsley and with a sprig you can remove it easily.
I am lucky as I have a herb garden on my roof top terrace and so I have the thyme and parsley from there.
You noticed I did not add onions.
I feel that a salad like this with the wonderful marinated mushrooms and artichokes does not need the onions. Some times I think we just add onions just to add onions.
You can also exchange the mushrooms and artichokes for carrots , broccoli , cauliflower and peas. Just increase the balsamic and olive oil amounts. When my daughter was younger she loved this salad and being a competitive swimmer the carbs were a fast form of energy and also relaxing serotonin. Check her out at
Well I am off to make the Mojitoes as i have the rum and limes now!