Egg Salad, Jenni Fleetwood Style

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep time: 3-4 minutes

Total: 15-16 minutes (including hard boiling the eggs)

Ingredients

8-10 eggs

6-8 scallions and/or 1 yellow onion, very finely chopped, plus extra to garnish

4-6 tablespoons (60-90 ml) mayonnaise, or aioli if you have it

1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh parsley, chopped

salt and ground black pepper

mild French mustard, to taste (optional)

Instructions

1. Hard boil the eggs: put them in a large pan and cover them with cold water.  Heat the water.  When the water boils, reduce the heat and simmer the eggs for 10 minutes.  Stir the eggs twice so they cook evenly.

2. Drain the eggs, run them under cold water (to prevent the yolk from turning greenish), remove the shells, dry the eggs, and chop roughly into large squares.

3. Put the chopped eggs in a large bowl.  Add the onions, salt, and pepper and ix well.  Add enough mayonnaise to bind the mixture together.

4. Stir in the mustard (if using) and chopped parsley.

5. If you have time, chill the mixture before serving, as is or on toast.

Soy and Sesame Noodles

This recipe comes from the “making simple accompaniments” section of Jenni Fleetwood’s 20 Minute Cookbook.  The picture didn’t turn up on Google, but it has a lovely warm brown color.

1. Cook a packet of egg noodles or ramen noodles according to the directions on the packet.

2. Drain well and tip the noodles into a large bowl.

3. Drizzle 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce or tamari and 2 teaspoons sesame oil over the noodles.

4. Sprinkle on 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, then toss well until thoroughly combined.

5. Serve hot, cold, or as a salad with green onions and additional veggies.

Asian Steak Salad from Bon Appetit

In addition to her cookbook library, my mother has a vast collection of old Bon Appetit issues, with recipes she likes marked in pen.  One of her favorites is this salad, which uses the Vietnamese flavors of lime, cilantro, mint, and fish sauce.

This recipe looks complicated because it includes a lot of ingredients, but there actually aren’t that many steps involved.

Yield: 12 servings

Total Time: Unknown

Ingredients

For Steak

  • 2 tbsp peanut oil (or a neutral-flavored vegetable oil if you’re allergic to peanuts)
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef flank or sirloin steak, cut into 2 ieces
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced

For Dressing

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce/nam pla
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
  • 1 jalapeno chili, minced

For Salad

  • 1/2 head green leaf lettuce, separated into leaves
  • 3 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 2 small red onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 limes, cut in wedges

Instructions

For Steak:

1. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.  Add a piece of steak and half of the garlic to skillet.

2. Cook until steak is brown on both sides, about 6 minutes, then transfer it to platter.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 with remaining steak and garlic.

4. Let meat cool slightly, then cut it across the grain into 1/4 inch wide strips.

For Dressing:  Whisk lime juice, cilantro, mint, fish sauce, sugar, and jalapeno together in a large bowl.

For Salad:

1. Add steak to dressing bowl and toss to combine.

2. Arrange half the lettuce on a large platter.  If you want to be decorative, cut remaining lettuce into fine shreds and arrange them in the center of the platter; arrange tomatoes overlapping each other around the outside border; and place cucumbers and onions in overlapping concentric circles inside the tomatoes.

3. Using a slotted spoon, mound the steak in on the center of the plate, leaving the dressing in the bowl.

4. Spoon remaining dressing over the vegetables and meat, garnish with lime wedges, and serve.

The salad can be prepared up to 4 hours ahead.  If you do, cover salad and dressing separately with plastic and refrigerate them.