"Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men
a creative power, which if it were available in waking,
would make every man a Dante or a Shakespeare."
Sometimes, just as I'm falling asleep, strange recipes come to me.
Last night I came up with Soft Square Salad.
The idea is to combine cubed, roasted butternut squash, still warm...
...with fresh cubed peach-flesh...
...ripe, cubed avocado...
...and cubes of some sort of soft, nutty cheese -- like fontina or livarot.
(My sleep-brain seemed to think that if you heated a very lightly oiled pan
to medium-high, tossed a bunch of cheese cubes into it, and immediately
took it off the heat and let it cool completely, they'd come away easily
and you'd get cheese cubes with one side deliciously brown and crunchy.
Dunno if that's true, but it sounds friggin awesome, and perfect for this recipe.)
Season with salt and pepper, naturally, then add
Finally, drizzle with some warm, homemade vinaigrette -- which I envisioned would consist of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, some reduced cherry/redcurrant/cranberry preserves, juice from a roasted onion, a hint of cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, and cayenne, and a fresh chopped herb -- my sleep-brain said sage, but now I'm thinking oregano.
Toss all ingredients gently so as not to damage Soft Squares,
and serve warmover grilled salmon. Obviously, this would be a stunner,
visually.But the flavor combo? I can't decide if it would be absolutely
delicious or just plain weird. I guess I'll have to try it someday.