Saturday, November 6, 2010

fennel remoulade

My copy of Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook finally arrived today. I've been on postie alert for days now because the book doesn't have a hard cover and I feared the post lady might try to wrestle it into the mailbox in the manner of my monthly magazine and other bulky items, rather than exerting herself by getting out of the post van and taking a couple of steps to our front door.

As it turned out, it arrived by courier (DHL), but they seem to have the same attitude to customer service. At least the postie comes to within a few feet of the door; when the DHL guy phoned up, he said our little village was too far out of his way (read: wanted to slope off work early) and that he'd leave my package in the newsagents 12 km away.

The joys of living in the mountains!

This is where I should segue into a recipe from the book (which is full of anecdotes accompanying great recipes from around the world - she said, shamelessly promoting it), but I'm not going to because this week I've been in a remoulade groove.

Remoulade is a mayonnaise-based sauce flavoured with mustard and lemon juice generally, but it can also include capers, anchovies, herbs etc. Here in France it's commonly used in céleri rémoulade - grated celeriac in a mustard-flavored remoulade - which we had at the beginning of the week, but today I made it with two fennel bulbs I found lurking in the bottom of the fridge. It's a great way to eat raw veg - as a starter or with fish.

Fennel remoulade

Serves 2
2 fennel bulbs
lemon juice
grain mustard

1. Remove the outer leaves of the fennel and thinly slice the remaining leaves.

2. Combine the lemon juice with the mayonnaise, mustard and salt and adjust to your taste (I used 1 dsp mayo, the juice of half a lemon and a tsp of mustard).

3. Add the sauce to the sliced fennel a little at a time and toss until the fennel is lightly coated.

♫ Cook along to: Ben Folds Gracie


Anonymous said...

why Ben Folds'music?

Marie said...

I love Fennel and that remoulade looks fabulousl crisp and flavourful! Great blog and fantastic pictures!

Sarah said...

Maria - Thanks.

Anon - I like the song and the blog "Eating with Grace" reminded me of it.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Simple and lovely.

Alina said...

Oh I'm sure the courier should have delivered your mail directly to your house, otherwise why do they charge so much for their services?! Anyway, hope you enjoyed the book!! Such a shame I've never seen fresh fennel over here... I'd love to make such a simple and healthy dish! but I guess it's just not popular here >_o

Sarah said...

Alina - Shame you can't get fennel in Russia. Yes - a bit miffed at the courier service here!

syrie said...

I need to be a bit braver with fennel and I think this recipe would be a wonderful one to start with. Thanks for sharing.