Thursday, 18 January 2018

Spring Onion Salad Dressing for Pasta

Gusts of 80 mph winds last night and the early hours of the morn kept us on edge as we slipped between sleep and being awake.

We heard smashing glass and imagined that our greenhouse was gone. We heard the slamming and pounding of  rain on the window panes and feared dislodged slates from the roof.  We heard the wind howling in rage; and feared that the big tree behind our house may fall and cause our home some damage and there was nothing we could do.  It all sounded a lot worse than it actually was.  Yes there were smashed glass panes and it will be frustrating for D, as it is every year he has to patch it together, but thankful it was not worse. The tree behind our house is strong and home to many birds.  I hope it withstands the battering of climate change. as for the greenhouse, - I always wonder will we ever live in a place where the greenhouse withstands mother natures torment.  I say this as every year, no matter where we have lived our greenhouse has been damaged by the natural elements.

It has also been a busy week of sorts with lots happening around us, including the sad loss of a long term good friend who has been taken away us, but moreso from his partner and children far too young.

Work for me has also changed and I have to get used to commuting over 1 hour to get to work on the train and then back home.  The working days will be long, so I will need to be more a lot more organised and make the most of the time that we do both have off.
Making food for the working week ahead is part of that.  It was whilst flicking through Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall newest cookbook Much More Veg at the library last week that I inspired to make a variation of his Spring Onion Dressing recipe for pasta salad, as we had very little in the refrigerator.  

It is not the most exciting of pasta salads, but it filled a hungry gap.
Spring Onion Salad Dressing for Pasta 
Cooked pasta for 2 - 3 people

2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, minced
1 teaspoon sumac
2 teaspoons capers, minced
Fresh lemon juice to taste
1 teaspoon mustard, preferably grainy
4 spring onion
2 tablespoons extra virgin oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Method Combine parsley, sumac, capers, lemon, mustard and olive oil 
Whisk well to combine
Then stir in the chopped spring onions
Taste and adjust seasoning including extra lemon juice if necessary
Stir through cooked pasta.


  1. I am glad your house wasn't damaged last night, it was very windy over here in south, my husband had to get up and shut all the windows ( I didn't hear any of it )
    I like your pasta and spring onion plate of food, yummy

  2. I think capers are little superheroes - they always seem have a lot more punch than you'd think for their size. Will you be on public transport for your new long commute? Would you be able to get a bit more reading done?

  3. Sounds interesting and a good way to use up spring onions - which I always need to do.

    Sorry to hear about your weather worries. It is 42 C here so it is uncomfortable in a different way - yesterday I went to my worm farm and the worms were trying to escape so need to cool them down. And spoke to a friend whose house was struck by lightning recently. Weather can be challenging.

  4. That storm sounds horrendeous, I hope there isn't too much to fix. There really have been terrible storms everywhere lately, that's not good. I'm also very sorry to hear about your friend.

    I've done long commuting for a while, one time it was about 2h per direction. You'll get used to it and can organise things accordingly, but I'm sure it's very hard in the beginning. I did some longer shifts this week, and am almost ready for bed at 20:45 - on a Friday!

  5. So sad for the greenhouse ...
    And for your friend and family...
    A bad week for sure ;-(
    This dressing will be good! I love the colour.
    Take care.

  6. Sorry for your loss.

    As a fellow greenhouser, I can feel your fear about storms. Great pasta dish, too.

  7. Wasn't the wind incredible last week? Part of our shed roof blew off, much to my dismay as the shed houses our dryer and overflow freezer - neither of which I wanted to get wet. We have patched it up temporarily but will have bigger repairs ahead. I hope your greenhouse is fixed without too much hassle.

    I'm also really sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, it sounds like a tough week all around.

    This dish looks comforting in among the challenges and a great way to use spring onions.

  8. Yikes! That's quite some weather. Glad it wasn't too bad, I hope your greenhouse stands up the test of weather.
    I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend. It is difficult losing someone, especially when they are so young.
    This sounds good and I think it would make really great lunches for work!


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