Kale, Gorgonzola, Butternut squash, Apple & Strawberry Salad with Date Vinaigrette

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A simple warm salad for these colder months. I love the sweetness that the dates give to the dressing, to add some more flavor I added a shot of port. It’s important to really massage the kale with the vinaigrette to make it softer and for the dressing to really get through.

This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

For the salad:        

200grs of shredded kale

1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced

1 small butternut squash, chopped into small cubes

200grs of gorgonzola, crumbled

6 large strawberries, cut into small cubes

3 tablespoons of olive oil, to cook the butternut squash

Salt

Pepper

For the date vinaigrette:

1 small white onion, chopped very fine

5 tablespoons of olive oil

8 small dates, chopped very fine

1 shot of port

1/3 cup of red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon of honey

Salt

Pepper

 

To make the vinaigrette, place the olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, dates, salt and pepper. Lower the heat to low and cook for about 6 minutes, while stirring. Then add the shot of port and cook for about 2 minutes, to let the alcohol evaporate. Turn off the heat and transfer it to a jar with a lid. Add the vinegar and honey. Close the jar and shake it to emulsify the vinaigrette. Taste for salt and pepper.

Pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a large pan over medium heat. Once it is hot, add the chopped butternut squash, salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes, stirring from time to time until it is cooked through. Set it aside.

Place the shredded kale in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and massage the kale with your hands. This will allow the dressing to really get in.

Divide the kale among 3 plates. Then add the butternut squash, strawberries, gorgonzola and apple. Enjoy!

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Hendrick’s Glühwein

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Christmas markets are now everywhere around the city and they usually have at least one stand selling mulled wine. The lovely smell of spices always draws me in, but I prefer to make it at home since it’s so easy to make and you can adjust it to your liking. This time I added a shot of gin per serving to kick it up a notch. A good way to keep warm if you ask me.

This recipe makes 5 servings.

Ingredients:

75cl of red wine

2 cups of apple-elderberry juice

2 star anise

3 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange, thinly sliced

1/3 cup of sugar

Juice of 1 mandarin

Juice of ½ a grapefruit

5 shots of Hendrick’s Gin

Extras for serving:

Cinnamon sticks

Star anise

Candied orange slices

 

Place all of the ingredients except for the gin in a medium saucepan. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then divide it among 5 glasses and pour a shot of gin into each one. You can decorate each glass with a cinnamon stick, a star anise and a candied orange slice.

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