Week 6: Marcella Hazan (Cucumber, Radish and Orange Salad)

Every Friday, a group of women writers is blogging their way through 50 Women Game-Changers of Food – find more information here.

There’s something wrong with my brother. He is a healthy (as far as I know), teenager, redblooded American boy. He likes twinkies, spaghettios and as much ice cream as he can scrounge. He asks for macaroni and cheese for lunch at least twice a week and he owns a dozen baseball caps. But I’m starting to question his food choices. First, there was the trouble with his birthday cake last year. And now there’s this. I got Marcella Hazan’s book from the library and was immediately overwhelmed by the hundreds of pages of tiny type and the immense selection of recipes. I had to choose one to make? And I had to do it that day because I was getting on a plane the next day?

Yeah. Right.

I called K over (although all my siblings are K, so I’m not sure what good it does to initialize them.) Handing him the book, I told him to pick a recipe for me to make. He immediately started thumbing through it and calling out titles. Tiramisu! Fettuccine alfredo! Pasta with tomato sauce! Egg cream! And then he handed it to me and told me this was what he wanted for dinner.

Cucumber, Radish and Orange salad.

I’m still confused. We made it and it was excellent, but there was no cheese in it. There was no butter, no chocolate, no anything teenage-boy-approved. Hmm….

(If I manage to make it back to an internet cafe this weekend, I’ll update you on Samoa. If not, you can dream.)

Cucumber, Radish and Orange Salad

Serves 6. Allow 15 minutes. 

Adapted from Marcella Hazan
1 large cucumber
6 radishes
3 oranges
Olive oil, for drizzling
1) Scrub the cucumber well (or peel) and slice into thin sections. Scrub the radishes well and slice into thin sections, also. 
2) Supreme the oranges. To do this, first slice off the top and bottom, then cut the skin off in strips from top to bottom, staying as close to the pith (white part) as possible. Save the juice that leaks. 
3) Chop the mint coarsely. Mix the saved orange juice with a little olive oil. Layer the cucumber, orange and radish on a large plate* and sprinkle with the orange juice-olive oil and the mint. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 
*You can also portion it out onto individual salad plates. 
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6 Responses to Week 6: Marcella Hazan (Cucumber, Radish and Orange Salad)

  1. bellini says:

    Marcella Hazan definitely deserves to be high up on the list. Thi is a great choice Taryn.

  2. Katie says:

    Well this salad is not what I would have expected a teenage boy to choose either, it certainly looks delicious and so, so fresh! Yum!

  3. This looks so colourful and fresh – just what I like in fact! And to think your teenage brother chose it! Amazing! Have a great holiday!

  4. Epicurea says:

    this looks so beautiful and i am sure it's absolutely delicious. will see if i can convince my santoku master (who sometimes has the taste preferences of a teenage boy :-)) of its merits!

  5. Miranda says:

    Can't wait to try this one! So glad you are doing these tributes!

  6. even without the butter and cream, this dish looks wonderful. and great for the summer season with all the abundance of cucumbers. thanks for sharing.

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