Monday, March 23, 2009

Sweet Pear and Apple Salad wirh Endive

From Martha Stewart Living- Jamie Oliver's Recipe

4 heads of endive a mixture of red and white washed and dried
2 apples cored and julienned
2 pears cored each cut into 8 wedges
A handful of soft herbs like chervil. tarragon, parsely- roughly chopped plus more for serving
2 ounces of blue cheese
1/4 cup od creme fraiche
5 tablespoons of extra virgin oil plus more for drizzling
4 tablespoons of cider vinegar
6 tablespoons of water


Place endive in a large bowl. Add apples, pears, herbs and set aside.
In a blender or jar combine blue cheese, creme fraiche, olive oil, vinegar, and water blend until smooth- about 16 seconds
Pour about 3 quarters of the blue cheese mixture over the salad, toss to coat. Divide evenly amoug 4 plates and drizzle a little more deessing and olive oil over the salads. Sprinkle with herbs and serve.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Updates.. Changes

My how time flies! Already nearly out of March. Well since I last posted Simon and I have just about finished our first course at college and we both are getting A's. Yep doing really well considering I knew nothing about Management but I do now! I have enjoyed my teacher Papaloa who is Samoan but he grew up mainly in New Zealand. We are really enjoying college. We get to have the same classes together next term, I guess the next term after that we will finally branch off and have classes separately in our degrees. In other news, Simon got a new job. His old job was not treating him right and so he quit before they had a chance to fire him which is what they were trying to find ways to do anyways. So far he likes his new job. Simon also got his GED, being from the UK they do not give you a diploma until University level so he didn't have proof he had high school level education, but now he does and he did quite well considering he had no preparation.
I am quite proud of him and all the faculty at our college is too. I have heard from Chad, sometimes it takes awhile but so far he is doing well and is fine. I cant wait till he is able to be home again. My brother Joe is having a birthday in the next few days. Happy Birthday Joe!