It may have felt like a long time coming, but I feel salad days are definitely here. This week I will be posting two classic salads but, for those of you who want to try something a little different, I'm also sharing three unusual salads which were linked up to #CookBlogShare last week. I am sure you are going to be as keen to try them as I am.
#CookBlogShare week 24 – Super Salads
With so many fabulous recipes being linked up each week to #CookBlogShare, it is not always easy to pick just a few to share. As I write this round-up the sun is pouring in through my office window and I just know that salads are a good choice. When it comes to making salads I like to vary from classic salads (like my Greek Salad and Light Waldorf salad which I will be posting later this week) to trying new combinations and flavours. All three of the salads linked up last week were a little bit different and I would really like to try them. I am sure you will too.
Green tea soba noodle citrus salad
First off we have this Green tea soba noodle citrus salad from The Food Journey. Reading this post my mouth was quite literally watering, noodles with citrus fruit and an Asian style dressing sound just perfect for a summer lunch dish.
Barley Salad with Lemon and Basil
Carrying on with the citrus theme we have this Barley salad with Lemon and Basil from Searching for Spice. I can just imagine eating this salad as a side with some grilled fish or chicken. Delicious!
Easy giant couscous and mixed bean salad
Last, but by no means least, we have Hijacked by Twins' Easy giant couscous and mixed bean salad. This salad makes a great side salad or light main course salad perfect for packed lunch boxes.
A New World of Friends
Being part of the #CookBlogShare team is one of my favourite elements of blogging. I love doing these roundups and popping over to visit the blogs that have linked up. I feel that I can do my little bit to give back to the wonderfully supportive bloggers that make up our ever growing #CookBlogShare community. When I started Recipes Made Easy I had no idea that this community of like-minded bloggers existed, and I had no idea I would be gaining a whole new group of friends (both in the real world and virtually) along the way.
Some I have met in real life at events I have been to. Not just food bloggers, but also travel and family bloggers. Others I have yet to meet in person and that includes the rest of the #CookBlogShare team. Hopefully we can change that soon. I have been blown away by how much fun and how supportive the blogging world has been.
It is not just UK based bloggers either. I met the lovely Lizet from Paraguay through an Instagram challenge we were both taking part in. When a couple of her friends were travelling to the UK she asked them to pop the jar of Dulce de Leche in their suitcase then post it to me once they got here.
How kind of her to send this lovely gift. She tells me it is very popular in Paraguay and South America, where they use it in baking, as a spread on crackers or fruits, or as a dip mixed with cream cheese. I really cannot wait to try finding recipes for this rather special jar of Dulce de Leche, and I'm just wondering what to make with it. Lizet blogs at Chipa by The Dozen. Go and check it out, she is a very talented lady and blogs in both English and Spanish.
Another blogger I have become virtual friends with is Emilie from Cookies for England. When I was just starting out she did an on-line interview with me as part of her "meet the neighbours" series where she featured other bloggers. Emilie originally started blogging in the hope that she could make enough money from her blog to pay for her lifetime dream of travelling to England hence the name of her blog. This year that dream is coming true and I am really hoping that we will get the chance meet up when she is in London – Emilie if we don't I'm unfriending you!
Many of my readers feel like friends too. (Hello Gloria in Texas who is a fan and now frequent baker of my No-Knead Sourdough). Nothing is more satisfying than when someone reaches out and tells you they have made your recipe and loved it. Or reached out to you for help and support with their cooking and then drop a thank you note or some pictures of what they have made. It is these little gestures and kindness, not viewing stats, that make blogging for me so rewarding. So I thank each and every one of you, bloggers and readers alike, who take the time to leave a comment or drop me a line, you are the reason I'm loving blogging and I wouldn't want to keep doing it without your support.