The holiday season started off with a bang. Multiple bangs from neighbors of my quiet town of Blue Bell as I belted all the Xmas classics Mariah Carey's rendition of All of I Want Christmas to name a few) while my husbands runs off to his hobbit hole avoiding the misery of my singing. It was great - I sent Christmas cards off in November and had advanced to my second half gallon of eggnog.
then all the horrific tragedies started in Oregon and then in Connecticut. My heart is heavy and I am no longer in the Holiday spirit. When I hear Wham's Last Christmas on the radio my fingers quick twitch the changer to something, anything sounding more like Nirvana's All Apologies. Although this is not the time (for me) to prance around like Blitzen, a salad with winter's sweet fruit, salty rich feta, earthy sage, and slightly bitter spinach shared with the one I love (my husband) reminds me not to take for granted the small things in life.
Winter Salad of Persimmon Pear, Feta and Spinach
1 bosc pear, finely slices
1 fuyu persimmon, sliced
1/3 cup crumbled feta (I use Dodoni)
4 cups baby spinach
1/4 toasted almonds, crushed
2 tablespoon sage
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt + pepper
extra extra virgin olive oil
Fry sage leaves in extra virgin olive oil. Remove from oil and lay leaves on paper towel.
Arrange fruit on spinach, top with feta, almonds, and sage leaves. Drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste.