This week, when we went to the grocery store, we bought some mini potatoes and mini bananas because they were too cute to pass up. Does anyone else do this? I often buy things because they’re cute or their colours are so vibrant, it’s hard to resist. I get an insane amount of pleasure looking at beautiful produce, which is probably why markets are one of my favourite places in the world. Either way, after buying food based on how it looks, without a dish in mind, it’s time to get creative. While I absolutely love plain, simply roasted potatoes, I thought I would jazz these little guys up and make a roasted potato salad instead.
There’s something about cauliflower, artichokes and asparagus that are completely delicious to me. They make me salivate just thinking about them, and have since I was a kid. I realize now that this is kind of weird but I bet that my sisters would say the same. What does this random assortment of vegetables have in common? My mom always served them with a sauce that was basically just mayonnaise, sour cream and lemon juice mixed together. As kids, it was the best thing ever. We would practically fight over the stuff. We couldn’t get enough.
Long gone are the days where turning on my oven felt like a pain and standing in front of it was a sweltering inconvenience. Nowadays, I am using it all the time because roasting vegetables gives them a flavour and depth that other methods of cooking can’t replicate. This brings me to the best salsa I have ever made, all thanks to my rickety, unevenly-heating oven.