Celery Salt

So, I love my eggs.  This has been said many, many times before.  No surprise then that when a neighbour suggested the following recipe to me as I bought a big, leafy bunch of celery from the monthly local market, hard boiled eggs immediately came to mind.  A lovely condiment to have around.

Celery Salt

(adjust quantities depending on how big a pile of celery leaves you have)

3 cups of celery leave

1/2 cup sea salt flakes (Maldon is perfect)

  • Chop the celery leaves roughly and scatter across a baking tray.  Bake at 75 oC for 2-3 hours until dried out and crispy.
  • Add celery leaves to a blender removing any bits of stalk.  The leaves will have shrivelled to approx. one cup.   Add half that amount of sea salt and whizz in a blender until combined and fine.  At this point you could mix in a couple of teaspoons of ground pepper for a more complete seasoning.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Smoked Cheddar and Leek Mash

Comfort food of the highest order.  Just what one needs on a Sunday evening after a fabulous but frantic Saturday night.

Smoked Cheddar and Leek Mash

(for 2)

2 large floury potatoes, peeled and chopped into golf ball sized pieces

Salt and pepper

1 large leek, trimmed and chopped

30ml hot milk

Handful grated smoked cheddar

1 small egg, beaten 

  • Boil potatoes in salted water. 
  • Meanwhile, sauté chopped leeks in a little olive oil until silky and soft. 
  • Once potatoes are soft, drain and mash with a little hot milk.  Stir in the leek and some grated smoked cheddar.  Season.
  • Add to a shallow baking dish, brush with egg and grill until crispy on top.

Blog Suggestions…

I’m feeling the need to refresh a few areas of my life.  Nothing drastic, you understand.  New walks with Marco, new exercise routine, different reading materials, wardrobe explorations… that kind of thing.  Cleaned out my feed reader this morning, deleting blogs that are no longer updated or that I don’t read any more, and now my blog list is looking a little thin.

So, I’d like to ask you guys for suggestions for blogs for me to subscribe to.  Food, photography, funny, lifestyle, thought-provoking… anything blog you love, I’d like to know about.  :)