A Quarter Of The…

A few years ago I worked on the Deli in Waitrose’s finest branch – Hall Green (branch 122 for the WaitroseSpotters amongst you). They were good days… The summers were long and hot, and we’d often be found in the beer garden of the pub next door after a shift where I’d be sipping a half of Cider’n’Black and laughing about toppling a trolley containing 8lbs of Houmous as I tried to stow it in the chiller… *sigh*

On said Deli counter, we used to stock a really delicious salad made with carrot and celeriac, but I haven’t seen it in branch for a number of years. I saw a very similar thing being made on Rachel Khoo’s Little Paris Kitchen TV series recently and also having found it in a French supermarché last year, I say with some confidence that it’s a French version of Coleslaw.

I’ve had a go at recreating it today. It’s dead easy, Celeriac is in season here in the UK and British carrots are easy to come by too so here’s what you need:

– 2 large carrots peeled
– Half a celeriac peeled and trimmed
– About 2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise
– About 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
– Salt and pepper to taste

I julienned my carrot and celeriac with the attachment on my mandolin (ooh get me!) because it looks pretty, but grating would be fine. Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.

That’s it.

I could happily sit and eat the whole bowl in one go. If you don’t much care for celeriac this might change your mind – the simple balance of flavours is really nice. Should keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

Something else I’ve noticed no longer making an appearance at Waitrose is Raspberry and Drambuie Meringue Gateau. It was possible to buy slices of this wondrous treat from the cake counter. Sadly no more. Just as soon as I can afford a bottle of Drambuie, I might have to give this a go too.

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