Friday, 4 January 2013

Summer daze

We are:
  • waking late
  • often skipping lunch
  • eating dinner early
  • reading books given for xmas
  • playing with lego
  • having friends over
  • preparing for a holiday to NZ
  • enjoying the summer veggie patch
We are not:
  • watching the clock
  • aware what day it is
  • in any routine
  • getting out of pyjamas
  • in a hurry for it to end
Oh how I love the daze of Summer holidays.

I have grown the most gorgoeus Dill this spring/summer.
I haven't had success before really. 
It is the prettiest of plants, so fine & feathery and delicate. Mine is just about to flower- exploding it's fronds of yellow fireworks. So gorgeous.

Mr Girlfriend has never really been a fan. Me, I LOVE the stuff.
He is slowly coming around......
This sauce is the PERFECT (and very traditional) accompaniment to the Gravlax from the previous recipe- go here for that.
Often the sauce is a more yellow colour but I like the green against the Salmon so I blitz the sugar and dill together before adding the other ingredients to bring out the lovely green.

  • 1 cup of Fresh dill
  • 1 tblspoon Sugar
  • 1 tblspn Sweet mustard (American or Swedish)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tblspn white vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  •  100ml rice bran oil (or other flavourless oil) 
Blitz the sugar & dill together.
Now add all other ingredients except the oil & combine.

Once combined add the oil slowly (like you do with mayonnaise) - you can do this in a food processor or with a whisk.

Once it starts to emulsify (thicken) you can start adding the oil in a stream until all added.

Serve over your fresh Gravlax.

Gravlax with a Poached egg & Dill Mustard Sauce ~ Breakfast Perfection

The mellifluous sounds of Calexico & Sam Beam.


  1. Oh my goodness, YUM! I love dill. I can't wait to try this sauce. My husb isn't a fan of herbs (craziness I tell you) so I will probably get to enjoy the whole lot myself.

    Isn't summer marvellous!?

  2. Oh my goodness, that first photo!!
    Our sunflowers are yet to show their pretty faces.
    I can't wait.
    And when are you all off to NZ?
    How exciting!
    Biggest love to you gorgeous girlfriend.
    Long let the summerness continue. xxxxx

  3. Alas, the dogs have destroyed my dill!...and a handful of other herbs in the patch! I had big pickling plans for the dill.

  4. I have one more week before I have to go back to work & I have been loving the holidays!! I love the lack of routine & the fact we don't have to rush round....aaahhh summer holidays are the best aren't they?!

  5. I especially love the pics on this post! Your blue fence still makes me happy. ^_^


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