I’m not into politics. Not even a tiny little bit. But its influence just keeps crawling into my life with a triplesonic speed. Seriously, how should a normal citizen react when your income, your savings, your EVERYTHING is worth less every single day? Everyone is talking about nothing but rouble depreciation. I do not even work in finance any more, but I can still hear people talking about it basically everywhere. I even overheard a kid of about 14 talking to his friend over the phone about it. And the main problem is (and that is actually what scares me the most) that no one has a faintest idea of what will be next. Where we all will be in just a couple of months.
What I do know though is that we can survive anything. So here comes my culinary ‘no-to-politics-and-crisis-manifest’. An incredibly simple warm and comforting salad recipe made of homemade (or home grown) products:
- Butternut squash (of my mum’s own growing), cut in medium cubes, 500g
- 1 onion (of my mum’s own growing, too), minced
- Arugula (of my own window-sill growing), 100g
- Curd cheese (homemade by myself), 100g
- Tomato cherries (well, okay, store-bought), cut in halves, 100g
- Thyme (of my own window-sill growing, dried), 1/4 teaspoon
- Honey (bought from local farm), 1 tbsp
- Salt, sugar and pepper, to taste (hope we won’t run of those in our stores ever)
- Olive oil (3 tbsp) and balsamic (1 teaspoon) (I will smuggle those if they stop selling them in Russia)
Preheat your oven to 200ºC. Place the butternut squash cubes in a baking dish, sprinkle over 1 tbsp olive olive, thyme, a pinch of sugar, season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake for 15-20 min until soft and a slightly caramelized.
In a medium pan heat 1 tbsp olive oil, add onion, 1 tbsp sugar, season with salt and cook until soft and gold.
In a small bowl microwave honey on HI for about 20 sec, add 1 tbsp olive oil, balsamic, season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
Now combine the salad. Mix arugula, fried onion and roasted butternut squash. Sprinkle over curd cheese.
Top with cherry tomatoes and pour over honey and olive oil sauce.
Enjoy while still warm. And don’t even think about any politics-and-crisis stuff! Better pour yourself a glass of wine… be tough! (so now I’m into poetry…)