Friday, October 11

My kind-of-sort-of Family Friendly Salad Nicoise - and a little giveaway...

My kids are getting really fussy with their salads these days - they aren't particularly fond of dressing, they are a bit 'over' our regular garden salad or green salad with vinegar.  Potato salad seems off the menu at the moment too which is a huge disappointment also as it's one of my favourites.  But I think we've found our new favourite salad.  It's always nice to discover a new salad as the warmer weather arrives.

It's filling enough for lunch on it's own, but we had it with jazzed up snags for dinner and I had the leftovers for lunch the next day.  This is down to a few things:  from our leftover roast I used up our potatoes (love using leftovers!), the pancetta gives a lovely crispness but the eggs soften it out and balance the saltiness.

If you're a little challenged on boiling an egg - there's some instructions below in the recipe.  I know that sound ridiculous right?  Everyone knows how to hard boil an egg surely?  Sometimes I have to look it up!

According to Australian Eggs, only 25% of Australians actually know the correct amount of time to hard boil an egg - although 93% of people claim they believe their answer is correct...  The same study identified that 81% of Aussies have eggs for breakfast 1-2 times a week but usually will fry or scramble their eggs.. what happened to egg soldiers!?

5-6 cos lettuce leaves, roughly torn
4-5 cold baked potatoes, quartered
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
50g tasty cheese, cut into thin squares
4 eggs hard boiled, peeled and quartered.
100 grams pancetta (substitute with proscuitto or bacon if you prefer)

3 tb mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tb lemon juice

Hard boil your eggs (directions below)
Grill your pancetta but placing aluminium foil in a slice tray or shallow baking dish and placing under grill.
Mix the dressing ingrdients together with a spoon.

Assemble the rest, layer with your eggs and pancetta and drizzle with dressing and serve!

How to hard boil eggs:
Start with a room temperature egg put it in a saucepan and cover with cold water and put the lid on the bring it a boil, then simmer for 8 minutes.  Remove with slotted spoon and cool for a few minutes before serving. (Aussies can call 1800 800 024 any time to get the egg-spert tips on how you can also boil a soft or medium boiled egg too)

To celebrate World Egg Day today - Australian Eggs are giving one reader with an Australian address a prize pack worth $100 - including:

  • 'How to boil an Egg' cookbook by Rose Bakery - written by Rose Carrarini who owns and runs the famous Rose Bakery in Paris.
  • Gorgeous pair of Portmeirion by Sophie Conran Egg Cups
  • A cute chicken egg timer (also doubles up well as a time-out monitor, believe me!)
  • 'Easy as' apron 

To enter tells me by commenting here or on the Frills Facebook page how you like your eggs? OR Do you have a favourite dish that features eggs? Quiche? Caesar salad? Eggs Benedict?  Let me know by next Wednesday midnight (16 October)!

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1 lovely comments:

Aly Petulla on October 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I love fried eggs on an egg and bacon sandwich. Doesn't get much better! But my kids love scrambled eggs with cream, feta, basil, parsley and some chopped up bacon.


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