Summer is finally here! At least I hope it is, this time last year I can remember a coach trip to the beach in the lashing rain and freezing cold. This year however things are looking up, the sun has been shining and it's warm, that means out with stews and casseroles, and in with barbecues, cold drinks and salads.
Today I made a warm chicken salad to make use of some delicious Jersey Royal potatoes we had in our vegetable rack. These potatoes are unique in that they are only grown on the tiny island of Jersey which is the most southerly point of Britain, just 14 miles from the French coast. They enjoy Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) which means they cannot be grown anywhere else, they have a very short season and are highly sought after for there unique flavour. The story goes that they were discovered in 1878 in a field of ordinary potatoes but, the potatoes from one particular plant were all kidney shaped, this become known as the Jersey fluke and it is from this plant that all Jersey Royals originate.
I wanted to make the most of them while they're around and so I found a recipe from the blog Fig and Cherry which looked fantastic, I followed it almost exactly except I have just returned from Spain with some delicious Chorizo sausage so I added some of that as well.
The Result?.... Well I was very impressed with this recipe, it looks great and the addition of toasted pine nuts add a wonderful contrast in texture and flavour, I will definitely be making this again. Next time though I think I will add crispy bacon and maybe a diced avocado.
The recipe taken from Fig and Cherry can be found here.