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Week 23 - The Cookbook Challenge - Ham Salad with Peach and Pecan


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Week 23
Theme: Leaf
Cookbook Used: Marie Claire Fresh + Fast
Author: Michele Cranston

Thank Hamsley again this week for this recipe. He must have still been motivated from red week, he was looking through cookbooks for a leaf recipe. We originally were going to do caesar salad, but found this recipe in a book I've actually never used before.

We had a bit of an adventure through Oakleigh getting all the ingredients for the dish. Hamsley's goal was to get everything we needed without going into the supermarket chains. In doing this, we discovered the Oakleigh fresh food market, and the lovely shop keepers running them.

Given that we missed the season for fresh peaches, we substituted for the good old canned variety. It turned out well as they added a nice sweetness to the salad. The nuts added a nice crunch and all the flavours seemed to mix well together.

Ham Salad with Peach and Pecan
Michele Cranston

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4 small ripe peaches
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 buffalo mozzarella cheese
100g baby rocket leaves
250g leg ham, sliced off the bone
40g pecans, roughly chopped

1. Halve the peaches and remove the skin before slicing them into a bowl. Add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and toss to combine. Season lightly with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

2. Tear the mozzarella into bite-sized pieces. Arrange the rocket on a serving platter and top with the leg ham and mozzarella. Add the peaches and pecans and drizzle with any remaining dressing.

Serves 4.


this dish looks like a beautiful garden! love that you are still using stone fruits. :)

YUM! Looks so good and I totally love the idea of NOT going to any of the big supermarket chains to get the ingredients - sounds like a new challenge ;-)

It's funny - the term "ham salad" makes me cringe a little, which is weird because I love ham, and I love salad, but I think the "ham ____" makes me think of ham steaks, which I do not love at all. Having said this, I like the look of this and think the textures would be tops!

Such a beautiful salad! Ham and peach sounds like a killer combination, yum!

Hi ICS, I stumbled across your blog about a week ago and ever since have been in foodie heaven!! What a brilliant job you are doing! Meals will never be the same now that you have inspired me to become a better cook!! Thank YOU!!!

Love the fact that you didnt go to any of the big supermarket chains to get any ingredients. The salad looks very delicious, I think I would love the crunch of the pecans.

this looks really good - and the idea of not going into any chain supermarkets is a great one - I often forget there are so many wonderful fruit grocers and butchers out there!

What a yummy and fresh looking salad. Love this and the pictures are great.

This looks absolutely Delish; Shellie
I am eating my breakie at the minit, and feel like this for my next course. Great color combo's, a must have Shellie, with maybe my Pasta Salad all together?~~~~~~~YOMMY?
Jeanne.x :-)

love the colours!
so pretty!
am excited for your next challenge already-after that tweet of yours!

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