I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions but this year I am kind of making one. I am going to try to go to one group class a week at the old gymboree, (a.k.a. fitness world) so far I’ve done two and my mom came too so that made it easier! Anywho, I am also going to make more fancy salads! This will be a goal I can achieve. I have been slipping salads into the holiday dinners and one day my nieces will actually try one! But until then, there’s more for the rest of us.
At Christmas I did a pretty close variation on the one I did at Thanksgiving but I changed it up a bit.
1 bag mixed sweet lettuce
3/4 c. walnut pieces (or whatever nut you like best)
1/2 c. sugar
1 gala apple
3 oz crumbled goat cheese
3 c. unsweetened apple juice
1 T apricot jam
1/3 c. canola oil
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar (wow I just forgot how to spell vinegar, it took me three attempts)
-to make the dressing, pour the apple juice into a sauce pan over medium high heat
-reduce by half, whisk in jam
-add vinegar and whisk in oil (add salt and pepper to taste)
-put nuts and sugar in a saute pan over medium heat
-swirl pan and watch closely, when sugar begins to caramelize (turn golden brown) and nuts are coated, pour onto parchment**
**be careful with hot sugar!!! Not only will it burn you but it will stick to you and burn you! If you haven’t caramelized anything before, don’t walk away from the stove, caramel has a tendency to go from zero to burnt pretty fast.
-slice the apple into thin matchsticks (I like to leave the peel on for colour, and fiber!)
-when the nuts have cooled break them apart
-combine all the ingredients and toss with dressing
(an easy way to clean your caramel pan is to fill it with water, bring to a boil and just pour out, the sugar will come right off)
It’s so easy to overspend at Christmas time, not just on presents but on going out and doing Christmas things too. I like to find stuff on the cheap if possible! What’s more Christmassy than light displays? When I found out there is a street in Burnaby that always puts on a show, I knew we had to go check it out. It was easy to find (and we didn’t have to go over the bridge and get lost in Richmond) and super fun. The whole street (except for a handful of houses) gets decked out and you can vote for the house you like best. There was a group of carolers roaming the street and people milling around. I posted one of the pics last time so here are the rest! Some turned out better than others!
Happy (belated) New Year!