Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Méchouia?



I've often written about the little treats that I missed from my native England (mostly now available here), but have not thought much about what I would miss in return if I was to live back in the UK again.

Large tins of confit, wine at €1.10 per litre, and several items of charcuterie come to mind, but there are other less well known delights that I would also miss terribly.

For example, our Summers would not be complete without the Tunisian Salade Méchouia (piquante) which accompanies our simple lunchtime salads.

This is a mix of grilled hot Peppers, Bell Peppers, and Tomatoes in Olive oil. Sounds basic enough, but it lifts an otherwise dull salad to dizzying heights.

When (if) I was obliged to send a lorry over to France to collect confit, wine, and charcuterie, I would also have to import several dozen jars of Salade Méchouia at the same time.

I would REFUSE TO BE DEPRIVED!




21 comments:

  1. Couldn't you make your own version? I'll bet it would be just as good, or even better!

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    1. I'm going to try; I've been looking at recipes.

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  2. Confit is not to be lived without.

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    1. I think I have 6 large tins in stock. You never know when they will be needed!

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  3. It must be good! Youre really passionate about the dressing!

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    1. It's another of life's pleasures.

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    2. It's not a dressing is it? More of a real thing.

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    3. More of an 'accompaniment'.

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  4. This sounds so good. I am sure if you had to you might made something close to it.
    I feel that way about what I miss from Japan, that unless you live near a Japanese market (I do not) you just can not find here. Even sometimes not even there. They can only import so much.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. The UK has wonderful Eastern and Asian shops, here we are more focused towards N Africa.

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  5. Where do you buy that salad dressing?

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  6. Sounds nice. I miss Russian Salad which used to be made by Heinz and sold as Heinz Vegetable Salad but they don't make it anymore. However I discovered it again at the Polish counter in Asda (huge Polish section in the shop and I randomly buy a few unknown things when I go in there). Couldn't read the writing but the pictures looked right. And so Russian Salad has re-entered my life.

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    1. Isn't that a mixture of vegs in mayo? I'm sure I used to buy it in England. Nice.

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    2. It reminds me of childhood. Mum always bought it. In fact she neved stopped buying it.

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    3. Look in the Greek deli. Greeks love 'russian salad', veges in mayo.

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  7. What you would miss is quite interesting. I only spent a couple of days in Vienna, but I often think of how to get apple strudel with vanilla sauce (thin custard) to home from Vienna. Mein gott, it was nice.

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    1. I rather fancy an Apple Strudel too; maybe I'll have mine without the sauce.

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  8. Don't you or the 'good lady' do your own confit? Fyi I buy and do my own.

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    1. I have done in the past, but I actually prefer the taste of the tinned Confit. My neighbour used to make the most wonderful Confit (pre tins days) but I never asked her EXACT method. I should have.

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