What would you do if you had an extra 24 hours in your life?
That’s what leap day is all about. An extra day. Think about it this way: your birthday this year would be a day late. How weird is that?
For most of us it’s just another workday. I was on set today shooting some yummy dishes for Easter, for instance. I didn’t even think about the date… but then someone phrased it as an extra 24 hours, and I got to thinking – what would I do?
So many DIYs I was planning on! So many recipes I wanted to try! But to tell you the truth, I would probably leave all these undone and just spend that time with my 4-months adorable baby girl.. People told me my priorities would change but I never believed them (baby over cake? Come on!!) – until I had my own, that is… 🙂
JUST A THOUGHT
Admit that you wondered, at least once today, when people who were born on this special date celebrate their birthday. Right?? 🙂
Although winter is a time where I usually make soups and crave cooked meals, it’s nice to take a break and use those wintery vegetables to make a nice, crunchy salad that’s light but still satisfying.
This salad originates in Italy, where fennel and citrus are at their prime during winter. The mint gives it a beautiful freshness and the olives some earthy flavor. Careful not o put too many though, as their flavor tends to overpower others!
Sicilian Fennel Salad
Yield: 4 servings
From the pantry:
2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
about ¼ cup green olives, pitted and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
for the sauce:
1/3 cup olive oil
a few dashes Tabasco sauce
*Optional: some Pecorino shavings
- Cut fennel into quarters, then thinly slice lengthwise.
- In a large bowl, combine sliced fennel, shallot and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. set aside to allow the fennel to soften, about 10 minutes.
- Cut the orange into wedges – do it over a bowl to catch the juices, and squeeze in whatever juices are left from the pulp. Add the juice to the fennel bowl.
- Stir in all other ingredients gently, taste and adjust seasoning.
- Add some Pecorino shavings, num num!!
- There you have it, a fresh-crunchy salad to beat the winter blues 🙂