Warm Tunisian Salad (Salata Mechouia)
Approx cost: ~€0.90 – €1.80, depending on the season
Approx calories (per serving): 150 (reduce Olive Oil to make it healthier)
Approx preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
So – I hate the fact that I’m kicking off 2012 with such horrifically bad photos for my posts. The fondue, this salad, and just wait until you see the next post. Dear, oh dear – I hope that you’ll trust me though when I say that the taste is actually amazing – despite its appearance in the photo . This is one of those times when I’m going to have a redux one day I think! (Updated the photos now… hopefully it’ll look a bit more appetizing!) Anyway – I hope you’ve all been having a safe and enjoyable year so far. Two more days of vacation enjoyment for me and then it’s back to the “real world”. We had the option of catching a return flight on the Sunday but I just can’t do that. I need time to unpack, unwind, mentally prepare myself for work again. It’s always said that one of the times when you need a holiday most is right after a holiday. Almost all the vacations my wife and I take are very stress-free. No crazy backpacking across Asia or base-jumping, or whatever that extreme sport is called (can you believe some people find this enjoyable?!), but travelling and changes in country/environment still take it out of you.
Anyway, I’ve had, and am having, a wonderful time. I’ve taken some nice photos and can’t wait to show you all in posts when I return, as well as running a couple of giveaways with a couple of delightfully Swedish things I’ve picked up. In the meantime, I thought I’d post another little “teaser” photo for you to see. What have we here? Well… it’s snow. Oh, if you look straight ahead you’ll see some more snow There’s nothing like a brisk walk after breakfast before the sun goes down. Incidentally, this was one of the coldest days we had. The temperature was almost -15 degrees Celsius I think, with a vicious wind. I took off my glove for literally 30 seconds to take a video on my cellphone and immediately regretted it because it then took me about 30 minutes to warm it back up again. Still – we did have waffles when we came back, for lunch, so that more than made up for it.
Today’s dish is a fantastically light dish. I hesitate to call it a salad, but apparently that’s what it is, so who am I to argue with a country’s naming conventions. It’s also one of these things that goes with everything – baked potatoes, sandwiches, cold meats, pasta… I do apologise for the poor final photo but believe me – it tastes wonderful, so please consider giving it a try.
Have a wonderful day everyone!
- 2 – 3 Red or Yellow Peppers
- ~5 Tomatoes
- ~3 – 4 cloves of garlic, with skin
- Juice from half a Lemon
- 4 tbsps Olive Oil
- ~2 tsps Ground Cumin
- ~2 tsps Ground Coriander
- Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
- Start off by washing the peppers and tomatoes. Place them on a baking tray with the garlic and place under a hot grill (broiler) for about 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so, until the skin is blackened and charred on all sides.
- Remove from the grill and allow to cool slightly, before pulling away the skins, which should slide off very easily. Remove the stalks from the peppers, as well as all the seeds, and cut away the woody centres of the tomatoes. Chop the grilled tomatoes, peppers, and garlic as finely as you can and transfer to a large bowl. Add in the ground cumin, ground coriander, lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt and black pepper and stir well to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in the olive oil gently with a spoon before serving immediately while still warm. Enjoy