Baked Feta Salad

After watching a bit of American Gods on Prime and now the Sandman on Netflix I’m wondering if all Neil Gaiman books are pretty similar – both shows have several Gods with different powers though Sandman’s seem to be more functional like ‘Dream’ and ‘Death’. The ‘Death’ character is pretty much what it says on the tin and seeing her killing off a few people who were very far from old age reminded me of my own recent near death experience. As I discovered upon taking a blood sample, I’m actually horrifically scared of blood to the point where if I see it, my body will put me into shock. As someone who’s watched Kill Bill at least 10 times without an issue this was news to me but I assume it’s my own blood I have an issue with. It explains why I also went into shock the last time I gave blood – I turned round to see how the donation was getting along fainted, and wouldn’t come round for a while. At the time they said it’s because I hadn’t eaten enough that day – as if that could ever happen!

As for eating, I saw this recipe for baked feta in a Good Housekeeping recipe collection and I thought about the time my Cypriot friend made us some baked feta. When you bake feta, the flavours really mellow and the texture is also very nice. The recipe bakes the feta with some fruits – figs and peaches and some hazelnuts. Then I just serve it with some salad leaves.

Serves 2 (main meal)

Ingredients

  • 200g block of feta
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 nectarines
  • 4 figs (I used dried)
  • 2 sprigs tarragon
  • 25g chopped roasted hazelnuts
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salad leaves

Method

1.) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C

2.) Line a baking tray and place the feta in the middle

3.) Slice up the nectarines and onion and scatter around the tray. Halve the figs and scatter these too.

4.) Pick off the tarragon leaves and arrange around the tray then sprinkle over the hazelnuts and chilli flakes.

5.) Drizzle over the balsamic vinegar and oil.

6.) Bake for 20 minutes. Serve the baked feta and fruit etc with the salad leaves.

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