Friday, April 6, 2012

Oranges and Spinach

Easter falls this weekend, and I hope it finds you all with plans to gather with friends and family to celebrate the day. Sadly we will not be gathering with either of our families, but this does not mean there will be no feasting involved. No matter what, people still need to eat and a holiday is a holiday no matter how many are gathered to observe. My husband and son will be singing at numerous services over the next few days and I will attempt to create too much food to fill too small of a space on my table. Isn't that what most holidays really wind up being after all ? And  those who become very emotionally invested in the events of The Triduum benefit from a good meal to bring them back to the mundane world after all has been ritualized and expressed. Feed that Baritone so he can go back to the mundane world of Production Planning and Management with a refreshed spirit and cleared head- so feed him I will !

Today is one of the last days of fasting and abstinence ( from meat, sweets and such), and it's easy to create something yummy when you simply think early spring. The late winter citrus fruits are still around, and they can make a really nice addition to a salad of dark greens. Most have heard of a spinach and strawberry salad, which is very yummy. Few have heard of an orange and spinach salad, which is just as yummy, but more colorful !

It really does not require a recipe- simply add baby spinach to a bowl, peel and thinly slice a red onion, peel and slice a blood orange and peel and section a mandarin ( or other) orange and toss on top the spinach.Drizzle with a simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing or a Maple Mustard sort of dressing. Remember to include some kind of oil so that your body will be able to absorb that good Vitamin A along with the spinach !

I will be taking a few days to keep up with my guys and cook like a crazy person ( who loves every minute of that). In the meantime , enjoy the holiday if you observe !

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