Happy New Year! How was your Christmas? We had the perfect low key day with our family and closest friends this year. According to my father-in-law, Christmas dinner in Ireland is usually a roast turkey but after just having one on Thanksgiving we usually find ourselves wanting something different. This year we decided to do lamb. We also had mashed potatoes, rice, roasted vegetables, creamed spinach, green bean casserole and finished with a lovely Guinness pudding from the Boutique.
I don’t do resolutions, not in the strict sense, but I’m doing a little bit of reorganizing around the house, donating some old clothes and hopefully, going to get around to decorating those rooms of the house that we somehow haven’t gotten to in the last five years (how did that happen?). I’m also thinking about all of the new recipes I want to try in 2017. Actually, I keep a list. I’ve been keeping a log of each new recipe attempted and notes about what worked and what didn’t since 2011. I think I can credit this blog with making my 2016 list the longest one yet. In 2017, I want to have more people over for dinner and I hope to get Isla cooking and Emmett taking on more complex tasks in the kitchen. Yesterday he asked me for his own knife, so I think he’s ready to up the ante.
Today we are keeping it easy. Salad. Not because it’s a new year or because we were particularly gluttonous over the holidays. We weren’t too bad, except that Emmett discovered the frozen disks of cookie dough in the freezer and realized that it meant we could make fresh cookies whenever we want. Then he FORCED us all to eat way too many cookies. Oops, not that last part, but still.
Greens. While kale has become ubiquitous and somehow, against all odds, loved by all, Brussels sprouts remain sort of polarizing. You either love them or hate them. I love them (I’m so predictable). They are adorable. Mini-cabbages! Grown on a stalk! What’s not to love? I never make them for the holidays because I’m pretty sure my brother-in-law doesn’t like them but now that Christmas is over, here they are. I think that even a Brussels sprout hater could get behind this shaved Brussels sprout and kale salad with maple-mustard dressing. I like this just the way it is but you could add bacon or chicken or both and make it more of a meal. It also travels well. And, because it is best eaten at room temperature, it’s a great option for those times when you have to bring something.
Kale and Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple-Mustard Dressing
For the salad:
1 cup shredded Brussels sprouts
2 cups shredded kale
1 large apple, thinly sliced
1 handful of dried cherries or cranberries
½ cup crumbled chevre, feta or blue cheese
½ cup toasted walnuts, chopped
For the dressing:
½ cup walnut oil, or canola oil
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
½ shallot, minced
2 teaspoons chives, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Ok. You know how to make a salad. For the dressing, I usually just shake up all of the ingredients in the cool little dressing shaker my mom bought for me, or when that’s already in use as it was today, a mason jar.