Monday, May 4, 2009
The grilling season has begun
Spring is wonderful. I'm sure it is wonderful everywhere, but it is heavenly in Estonia, which most of the rest of the year (and I really mean most of it, like 7-9 months of it) is a windy, cold, rainy, slushy rock.
So as soon as the sun comes out everyone in Estonia tries to find someone who owns a patch of green grass and a grill or a barbecue. And a prolonged grilled meat / sausage-fest begins.
At first it seems that there are so many interesting pre-marinated options in the shops that there is absolutely no point in making your own.
But you get tired of the store bought 'too salty, too greasy and generally too taste enhanced' stuff in about 3 weeks.
But I'm not there yet :).
So my ideas for great grilled steaks will come later on.
But here is a recipe for a wonderful salad my mom invented to go with grilled meat or sausages.
A super juicy side-salad with pomelo:
1 pot of rucola
1 pot of fresh basil leaves
1/4 of a fresh pomelo
1 yellow or red bell pepper
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
juice of 1 lime
Tear up the rucola and the basil. Peel the pomelo and break it up into small chunks. Cut up the bell pepper. Toss everything with the soy sauce, chili sauce and lime juice.
It's lovely. The otherwise slightly bland pomelo adds so much juice to the salad that every forkful just bursts in your mouth.