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Thursday, 23 December 2010

Simple Pasta & Caesar Salad Dinner

Given all the upcoming festivities, a simple dinner was in order tonight - Spaghetti with simple tomato sauce, pickles and Caesar salad.

The sauce and pickles are made by one of my work colleagues and donated as part of Ipsos Charity Fund silent auction (see December 18 entry - Caring Souls).

The Caesar salad was a fun experiment since I have never made it before. 

The recipe I used was a Martha Stewart one (all the recipes I found were the same, but she is somewhat credible after all). 

I made the croutons from scratch - toasted bread cubes with pepper and olive oil. 

The dressing was crushed garlic, salt, pepper, dijon mustard, egg yolk, lemon and olive oil. Mix the dressing, lettuce and croutons and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and you are set.

Did you know that this salad was created by an Italian-origin Mexican restaurateur called Caesar Cardini in 1924? Fascinating story at Wikipedia - Cesar salad

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