June 4, 2010
Let me start by telling you about my boss - she is one of those women who seem to do and have it all. She is a top legal executive managing a large team of professionals, has 4 children, the social graces of an aristocrat, an impeccable wardrobe and nary a hair out of place. Oh, and did I mention that she is also attractive, tall and slim?
Yes, there is much to envy about my boss. So when we had our first potluck I secretly hoped that I might for once see a small chink in her perfect armour. Instead, she brought this masterpiece and I seriously began to wonder if the woman had a single flaw - the incredible shortbread she baked last Christmas settled that question for good.
Well, they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I took a page from her recipe book and have been making this Rice and Vegetable Salad from The Silver Palate Cookbook ever since. Full of aromatic ingredients - dill, parsley, currants, olives, shallot, green onion, peas and bell pepper - tossed with rice and a lovely vinaigrette, it simply bursts with flavour. It's the perfect thing for a summer barbecue or a spring potluck.
P.S. You can find the recipe here. It makes a mountain of salad so, unless you are feeding an army, you might want to cut the recipe in half as it only keeps a couple of days in the fridge.