Setting the scene:
Its a bit like the girl who jumps out of the birthday cake, but here the emphasis is on erotica. The thought process which accompanies a nude model in your champagne salad is obvious. Roqué served this by candlelight with bronze candle sticks to infuse the room with the sweet, spicy and exotic aroma of patchouli candles. Wanda served Roqué sweet strawberries drenched in the champagne and maple syrup dressing while he caressed the statue as if it was the most intimate part of his lover’s body. Serve this delicious salad with a fruit cup, slip into something tempting and make believe it’s a gorgeous summer evening…
For 2 lovers
Get on with it…
Put 1 small pack of really crunchy mixed leaves into a good sized bowl. For the dressing (the undressing comes later) take a clean jam jar & into it add 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 2 tbsp Canadian maple syrup, 2 tbsp Champagne, 1 tbsp spoon white wine vinegar, 4 tbsp olive oil & season with salt & freshly ground black pepper. Pop on the lid & shimmy & shake with your jar. Drizzle enough over the leaves to coat & toss them, as you do & arrange your glistening leaves in a serving dish. Slice 4 large strawberries into heart shapes, ½ crispy apple, sliced & ½ small red onion, sliced & mingle these amongst the leaves. Lastly crumble 100g Dolcelatte cheese over the salad & scatter with a handful of toasted pine nuts. Serve with warm crusty bread.
Feed the desire
The Perfumed Garden has many references to pine nuts, the seed of the pine tree including this to restore a man’s libido. “A glass of thick honey plus 20 almonds and 100 pine nuts repeated for 3 nights”. Good luck with that one!