When I make shashlik and naan I make a Central Asian salad to go with it. Since I am breaking with the tradition menu for this meal, I do not feel constrained about the ingredients I put in my salad. There is not a lot of the European dill and fennel in Central Asia, but as a Californian I’m going to add it to my salad anyway.
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This dish started out as a butter chicken, but as I read about the confusion of this dish with Chicken tikka masala, the only conclusion I could come to was that neither one was a traditional Indian dish before about sixty years ago. Both dishes were adaptations of traditional Indian dishes to British tastes. One origin story for chicken tikka masala is a chef in Scotland, although this is disputed in Punjab.
I am making lamb for Easter and I wanted a salad to go with my lamb and pasta dishes. A Greek salad seemed to be the way to go. This is a rustic salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olives, feta cheese dressed with salt and herbed olive oil. In America this is usually serves over a bed of lettuce. I decided to use a mixed herb salad.
Last week Jan asked for bouillabaisse for her birthday dinner. As I was looking up recipes, I realized that she was using this term in the sloppy American way we do as a generic word for fish stew. Bouillabaisse is a Provençal fish stew from Marseille that is made with specific fish, cooked in a specific order and served with a rouille, a mayonnaise sauce that Jan would not touch. What Jan was really asking for was cioppino.
Since wife Jan is limiting her carb intake I knew that she would want something in addition to a pasta dish. I had bought a tomato, thinking I would add it to my pesto dish, but I changed my mind. I had bought some small Brussels sprouts, one of Jan’s favorite vegetables, at the farmer’s market on Saturday. However, I had only bought a half a pound, not quite enough for a full side dish. Putting these two things together and roasting them seemed like a good idea.
Our garden produced another spectacular cucumber and a few red and yellow tomatoes. I went to the farmer’s market and picked up some mixed baby greens (mesclun). We are having company this week end, so I did not want to use a bottled dressing. A few weeks ago Jan had bought fig balsamic vinegar at the farmer’s market, a few herbs, some olive oil and garlic and you have a dressing.
When I make shashlik and naan I always make this salad to go with it.
Topping for the fish tacos. This salsa may be used with any Mexican meal. Indian Chili power is a favorite of mine. It includes the whole chili (seeds and all) and has a lot more flavor than Cayenne pepper.