orange you glad you stopped by my blog? March 6, 2006

Orangesalad_1

This month’s Weekend Cookbook Challenge, hosted as always by my girl Ali at Something So Clever, was to cook something orange. I hate carrots so that was out. Persimmons? I’m stumped when it comes to them. I started remembering an orange salad dessert in Jamie Oliver’s cookbook Jamie’s Kitchen. While I love the photos in his books – and I have several of them – I can’t say I’ve made too many of his dishes.

Something light and citrusy was the perfect way to celebrate the incredible weather we’ve been having in Atlanta. I wore a sundress on Sunday! This couldn’t have been easier to make – I think it took me 5 minutes to put together. I did tweak the recipe a bit. Instead of clementines, I used Satsuma oranges that I bought at the farmers market this weekend. I omitted the mint and used Dagoba’s chocolate flavored with Lime. It was just noticeable enough to add something to the salad. I’m sure the mint is lovely, too.

Clementine Chocolate Salad - serves 4

8 clementines

1 large handful of slivered almonds

10 fresh mint leaves, finely sliced

6 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons water

seeds from 1 vanilla bean

3 1/2 oz. best quality bittersweet chocolate, shaved

Peel the clementines, slice across thinly and remove the seeds. Arrange on 4 plates and sprinkle over the almonds and mint. Bring the sugar and water to a boil, add the vanilla seeds and allow to simmer until the liquid becomes a light golden syrup. Try not to touch it too much at this stage. Drizzle the syrup over the clementines and top with the shaved chocolate before serving.

Comments

Alicat Mar 6, 2006 08:03 am

Chocolate and orange and lime?? That is perfection. Gorgeous pictures as always girl :)

Bea at La Tartine Gourmande Mar 6, 2006 08:03 am

Very inviting indeed. Fresh fresh fresh!
Lovely recipe! thank you!

MM Mar 6, 2006 09:03 am

Ooohh, my favourite combination – chocolate & orange! Fab!

brady lowe Mar 6, 2006 01:03 pm

nice work. in my crazy life, if i can stop by to see more, i will.

emily Mar 7, 2006 05:03 am

Wow…that looks great.

James B Mar 7, 2006 06:03 am

site is up!

GadgetGeek2 Mar 7, 2006 06:03 am

Such a treat to follow your blog. Your latest salad is true eye candy and delicious sounding. Rock on!

Julie Mar 7, 2006 03:03 pm

Gorgeous, easy, and delicious is a nice combination.
Very pretty picture.

Alanna Mar 10, 2006 10:03 am

Just beautiful — just perfect!

Simon Feb 11, 2007 04:02 am

Thanks for this fine recipe! It’s great and you look pretty fine too.. Cheers!

Scott Mar 6, 2007 11:03 am

do you buy shaved chocolate or shave it yourself? if so how do you shave it?