Back at the beginning of February it was James and my wedding anniversary – we can’t remember whether we got married on the 1st or the 2nd of February, but that isn’t really important. We also couldn’t remember if it had been 6 or 7 years, but I have since counted it on my fingers and it is 7 years.
We don’t really celebrate anniversaries – we didn’t really celebrate getting married – not in a traditional way – it was all a bit of an impromptu thing.
Back in 2008 we had a most marvelous day with our two wonderful friends Jeff and Kerry. We quickly (it only took about 10 minutes) got married in a registry office on a cold, sunny day.
I had a new dress that I got in a 50% sale for £50 I think – no expense spared! Then we toasted getting married with a bottle of champagne in a nearby churchyard – we are so classy
After this we headed to the Natural History museum to see the dinosaurs before having lunch at a very, very nice sushi restaurant.
Finally we went to see a Cirque du soleil show and then had dinner at our favourite organic pub in Angel. A jam-packed day!
The next day we headed off on the train to a northern industrial town in France – Lille – for two days – yes we certainly know how to live!
I got very very sick so we didn’t have a totally brilliant time, but we ate some lovely food – actually looking back on it I seem to have been a bit poorly for quite a lot of the time we have been married!
Later in the early summer, good friends and family came for a little home-made party on the campsite which was lovely too – although it was the last time my Dad ever went upstairs and he was too weak to walk so we carried him outside on a chair.
Anyway a couple of weeks ago on the 1st February just before I headed off to Germany I thought it would be nice to make James a special anniversary tea. A burger would have been nice, but we settled on sausages in buns as it was easier.
I should say at this point that I hate, loath and detest brussel sprouts. My mum and dad used to grow them and we had them for dinner a lot. I used to shove them all in my mouth at once and go into the kitchen and spit them in the bin – yuk yuk yuk. Now I am an adult I can largely avoid eating this most disgusting of vegetable.
So why is there a brussel sprout and apple salad nestled next to our anniversary sausage bun?
Well at the end of last year I was visiting friends in London and they made me this salad. I was filled with dread, but I am very well brought up so I thought I would try and eat it and be polite. It was a total revelation. I was utterly amazing and delicious.
It turns out that I loathe cooked brussel sprouts – I adore raw ones.
Since then I have made this salad at least once a week. I don’t grow any brussel sprouts (obviously), but my lovely neighbour does and she has been keeping me supplied.
This is my version – slightly adapted from my friends’ amazing recipe.
Brussel sprout, apple and nut salad: brussel sprouts, eating apple, nuts (walnut or almond), cheese – cheddar or Devon blue are good as is Coolea, lemon juice, olive oil – or a mustard, vinegar dressing made with nut and olive oil.
Thinly slice the brussel sprouts, cube the cheese and apple and put everything in a bowl. Toast the nuts and add. Pour on a dressing made with olive oil, walnut oil, vinegar and mustard. You can alternatively toss all the veggies in lemon juice and then add a little olive oil instead of putting on a dressing.
I love this so much I am going to grow my own brussel sprouts next year – so so excited.