The United States is waaay ahead of us in terms of blogging. They have blogger superstars: The Pioneer Woman cooks aka Ree Drummond (whose story has just been bought up by Hollywood which will make it the second film about blogging but again about a food blogger. (The first was the Nora Ephron directed movie starring Meryl Streep, about Julie Powell of Julie/Julia). Deb's book is number two in the New York Times best seller lists.
Just think, in five years time in the UK, we will have a handful of big deal bloggers, the ones with klout equal to newspaper columnists and tv chefs.
I have nicked one of Deb's recipes. It's really simple as is much of her stuff. I've tried some of her other recipes and its such a relief to cook from a book that has obviously been so thoroughly tested in a domestic kitchen by the author.This recipe is all about the iceberg lettuce, the humble, unchic, non-artisanal, crisp, light green ball of crunchy leaves. As Deb points out, there are times when nothing else will do. You don't want trendy salads, peppery rocket, or beetrooty red leaves or radiccio, you just want an uncomplicated lettuce. That you don't even have to wash.
She makes it look chic and tasty of course. Her technique is to cut it into slices, layered in between with a creamy dressing and other salady bits and bobs. I've changed her original recipe with blue cheese, radishes and celery into my version, with goats cheese, baby carrots and seeds. Because that is what I had in the fridge. I also added one of my favourite ingredients, yuzu paste, a Japanese citrus. You can buy it online. I love it, it makes everything taste special.
1 iceberg lettuce, sliced horizontally into 1.5 cm thick slices
Baby carrots, quartered,
Finely diced red pepper
150g of goat's cheese
2 tablespoons of sour cream
25ml of milk
1 tablespoon of yuzu
Assemble, putting some of the ingredients on each layer plus the creamy dressing.