Time rich…


I spent all of yesterday afternoon melting some onions and tomatoes for a tortilla. It takes time for onions to melt into an incomparable sweet savoury fondant and more time for tomatoes to transform into  a sticky palate stinging jam. Luckily I can afford it. Saving has never been in my remit but somehow I have amassed an enormous reserve of time. I have certainly wasted enough of it but but it seems to have been replaced by my high interest rate.


Melting onions can be very well behaved which good behaviour they displayed yesterday. Owing to these paragons I was able to avail myself of another slice of time savings to recreate a summer salad that had impressed me when I first saw it on a wonderful blog – http://mapleandmiso.com/2014/06/24/courgette-with-tahini-yoghurt/ – that I urge you to visit. Although the dish in Maple and Miso’s blog travels under the name of  Courgette with Tahini Yoghurt, it’s the fresh peas and broad beans that initially caught my fancy, along with the outrageously silky combination of greek yoghurt, tahini, sumac and olive oil. Over the passing years I had lost faith in fresh peas which, on each occasion that I had eaten them, never seemed to have retained the sweet pea taste of my childhood memories. However, I relented and bought a handful of fresh peas and the same of broad beans together with the first pomegranate that I have bought since God was a boy. A pomegranate in the hand is worth sending all your clothes to the dry cleaners in the vain hope of removing the stains. However, in the back of my mind rang clear the words of none other than Andy Harris, that doyen of pomegranate seed removal. “Cut the bugger in half and whack it on the back with a wooden spoon”. Unbelievably it worked like magic. The perfect little jewels shot out of their shell and landed harmlessly in the bowl beneath. I could have been dressed in a white Dior sheath dress and no one would have been any the wiser about my close encounter with the stain of pomegranate juice although pomegranates would not be the first concern if such an encounter were to occur.


This salad was so much more than I had expected. I strongly recommend that you go to the blog of Maple and Miso for the recipe….and for all their other delicious recipes.

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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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45 Responses to Time rich…

  1. Love this Roger, as always your food and photos are works of art.

  2. lulu says:

    Such staging style you have. I’m afraid my salad would never be so lovely.

  3. bizzyella says:

    I agree with Lulu. Your presentation looks better than M&M’s original. You in a white sheath dress? Well, maybe not. 😉

  4. Yes, yes and yes again. Good things in good bowls.

  5. Mad Dog says:

    I just bought several bags of peas and broad beans from the farmer – I love fresh peas and only buy them in season. Frozen never did much for me, but oddly most people seem to love them 😉

  6. I have a white sheath dress I can loan you for your next attempt. 🙂

  7. Would have enjoyed a shot of you in the frock, but think we were all happier with the stunning end result 🙂

  8. This looks like a work of art! It all looks so fresh, and I love how the pomegranate pops on the plate.

  9. Your pictures are always so delightful and creative they encourage me to try foods I don’t even like, such as broad beans. I’d heard of the pomegranate trick but was waiting for someone other than me to try it! Geez, reading this you’d think I’m nothing but a coward…

  10. I’m wondering where the photo of your tortilla is…

  11. EllaDee says:

    Time, that mysterious and sometimes elusive element of alchemy.
    My eyes are eating the salad… and I’m pleased no white sheath dresses were harmed in the creation thereof.

  12. Karen says:

    Oh what a delightful looking salad. I wish I had some of you enormous reserve on time…that would make this salad all the more enjoyable.

  13. That looks damn fine my friend 🙂

  14. I love the way you say, “melting onions” that’s indeed what it is. Happy French Summer to you, Roger.

  15. Eha says:

    Superb salad from a very interesting blog: I wish I would have found a way to subscribe!! Homework for later 🙂 ! Time or lack of it . . . . ? I live in a diametrically opposite world to you in having 36 hours of ‘must-do’s’ for every 24!! Have to think about this . . . . would I add to my contentment if I simplified my many ‘desires’ . . . . hmmmm!!!!

  16. I adore fresh peas. Your photos are stunning. Your salad looks so delicious. Emma.

  17. That looks quite delicious. As per time, while there is never enough of it, it seems, it’s still important to take all the time you need.

  18. The salad looks wonderful and your prose is a luscious as ever, but I’m really more interested in seeing you in that white Dior sheath dress of yours. Gosh. A hybrid of Jamie Oliver and Conchita Wurst with a penchant for writing. You’ll make a mint 🙂

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