Today was one of those days when I desperately wanted to be alone, no gossiping on the phone , no cooking . I have one exam to complete my course and I have zero motivation to study… I take out the book , do a problem and I yawn and almost fall asleep. Now this is getting a little overboard and yet again I decided to take a break after doing that one problem and
- called my mom and bitched about life in general,
- made concrete plans for an impending vacation and then
- went to the gym for a nice good workout and then I felt really good
- Made this wonderful salad and ate it all
Life suddenly seemed blissful and I felt blessed , I seriously think it was the salad and the workout that did me good. So I made it again for dinner and we gorged as we were famished.
I normally don’t slice the oranges in a circular fashion but bee’s salad prompted me to do so. We love this orange salad with middle eastern flavors. Simple yet soul satisfying.
I used Valencia Oranges which are summer oranges available from february to October and ras el hanout to spice up the salad , Ras el hanout is a middle eastern , west african blend of spices which contains , nutmeg, paprika , cardamom, mace, cumin, turmeric , coriander, clove , cinnamon and peppercorns.
A pinch of Ras el Hanout
A tablespoon of rose water
Orange blosson honey or plain honey
2 dates sliced lengthwise
Slivered , toasted almonds to garnish
Take the oranges and remove the rinds using a knife , and slice them in circles , toss them along with the dates in some rose water , ras el hanout ,and sprinke mint , almonds and drizzle with orange blossom honey and serve chilled. A tasty summer salad which will help you beat the heat !
This goes to WBB -summer feast , started by Dr Nandita of Saffron Trail and hosted by Dear Sia of Monsoon Spice and also to Think spice , Think Nutmeg , conceptualised by dear sunita of Sunita’s World and hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen