July 01, 2011

All things citrus


So we finally had to succumb to the first cold of the season. Catching a cold seems to be quite inevitable when people everywhere around you are coughing and sneezing, and we spend more time indoors than during the warmer months of the year. All you can do is hope that in some miraculous way you won't get what everyone else is having. Unfortunately we weren't saved from it this time and so we've spent a good few days getting better. Coughing and sneezing, just like everyone else.


If there is any benefit of having a cold during this time of the year, however, it is that you certainly have the abundance of winter citrus fruit to give you that extra kick of vitamin C when you most need it. With a woollen blanket wrapped around me, I've been cradling a cup of hot lemon drink with a healthy dollop of raw honey and some grated fresh ginger and it has been as good as gold. This simple citrus salad is the second best thing to have when winter citrus fruit is at its best. It is beautifully sour, just the way I like it, and had I had some fresh yuzu, I would have thrown that in too.


Winter Citrus Salad
(Serves 2)

1 poorman's orange or grapefruit
1 Navel orange
1 Meyer lemon
1 lime
2 mandarins

1 tablespoon good extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon raw honey
small knob fresh ginger

1. Finely grate the zest of the lime and the orange and set aside. 

2. With a sharp knife, peel the rind and the white pit of the poorman's orange, orange, lemon and the mandarins. Discard the pips and cut the fruit into thin slices. Arrange the slices on a platter. 

3. For the dressing, whisk the lime and orange zest, along with the juice of the lime, one tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, honey and grated ginger in small bowl. Drizzle the dressing on the fruit and serve.


Last, but not least, here's a link to a special little interview I did recently with the Australian SBS Food. I am always happy to bring Finnish food on the culinary map and I it is such an honour to be featured on the SBS Food! 


45 comments:

  1. Mmm yummy citrus. Congratulations on the feature Maria!

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  2. I used to live in a 1920's house in San Diego with a HUGE lemon tree just like the orange tree in your pics. Also had a smaller orange tree and every kind of herbs known to man growing on the property...it was great!

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  3. Congrats on the feature! And hope you have recovered from the cold after taking nature's Vitamin C!

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  4. I've been needing a salad like this for a good 2 weeks now...

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  5. Get well friend! Enjoy all the citrus- it's good for you!

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  6. Very colorful, bright n refreshing salad!
    Hope you are feeling better now n congrats on the feature :)
    Take care
    US Masala

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  7. Before I forget, congratulations on the feature! I enjoyed reading more about you!

    Also, I really love the citrus salad! Even though it's not winter here, all the ingredients are available and I'd love to try. It's new idea for me to add ginger to the citrus fruits along with honey. Can't wait to try this. Yuzu is my favorite and use it for cooking a lot (I can only find extract). I would love to live next to that tree...so nice...

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  8. Congratulations Maria!!!
    I love the idea to add ginger to this salad...with honey matches beautifully.

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  9. Congrats with a beautiful interview, Maria! Way to go, girl!

    The citrus salad looks so fresh and juicy, I could dive in right now. Sadly, it's a hot hot hot summer here in the(almost) northern Europe and citruses are not season (not that they grow up here, but still I prefer seasonal food). Luckily, we have fresh strawberries, cherries, blueberries and a lots of other good stuff :)

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  10. I love citrus fruits. That healthy salad looks delightful.

    Congrats on the interview (will read it soon after having commented here).

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  11. Wow and congratulations on the SBS feature! Sorry to hear you've been under the weather, Mats has a cold at the moment which always seems incongruous in summer weather!

    Your recipe looks like the perfect pick-me-up for a summer cold sufferer!

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  12. Congrats, Maria! I love your tins...

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  13. Congrats on the interview! This salad looks so good and I do hope you are all feeling better

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  14. Lovely pictures and congrats!

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  15. Citrus fruits really are heaven in a lot of situations! right now I´m totally addicted to a salad of red grapefruit, orange, lime and cinnamon<3
    Hope you are both feeling much better!

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  16. That's fantastic that you got a feature with SBS, really good stuff!
    Hope you are feeling better now.

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  17. First of all I love the new look of the blog. So fresh and clean! Secondly, those oranges are simply beautiful. Hands down the best looking citrus I have seen and that salad sounds amazing.

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  18. Feel betta maria :) Love the first citrus shot <3

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  19. congrats on being the featured foodie on SBS! how exciting!
    i too finally succumbed to the cold this week...was sort of waiting for it to happen esp all around me where ppl coughing! this ones nasty and took a while to recover aye? i certainly didn't think of that lovely lemon/ginger honey drink...will be making that tmr!

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  20. Miten ihania kuvia;rakastan kaikkea missä on sitrushedelmää ja odotankin kovasti talvea,jolloin niiden aika taas on omalla seudullani. Ja hienoa,että mainostat suomalaista ruokaa maailmalla;)
    Terveisiä Helsingistä tällä kertaa!

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  21. These photos are beautiful, Maria! I wish we had lemon and orange trees in Hungary! I'm looking forward to making this salad at winter time.

    I read the interview yesterday, congratulations again! :)

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  22. Love love love this salad! It has never occurred to me to mix olive oil with citrus but this looks so well together. Congrats on the interview! Must have been thrilling :)

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  23. I'm obsessed with all things citrus :) And that orange tree looks out of control amazing. Congrats on the interview!

    Sues

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  24. Congratulations on the interview; Finnish food and culture is not widely known and I for one, am interesting in discovering more about it. Had a great Finnish friend in France my first year of college and she introduced me to sauna and the Finnish lifestyle!
    Love citrus with a passion and this salad is beautifully photographed and seem so tasty.

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  25. Yay YOU! Congratulations on the writeup. My rule of thumb for not catching cooties is to stay away from sick children. They have the NEW cooties that we don't have immunity built up for, and it can make you feel deathly ill for many months. Your chances of getting well soon are bettered by the eating of healthy food, citrus, and drinking A LOT of water. Here's hoping that you get well soon, Maria. :0)

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  26. Congratulations on the feature..well deserved! Love anything citrus..salad looks delish.

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  27. Get well soon !! You are right about the citrus food we get to eat around this time of the year and they taste just so awsm.
    The first photo is so beautiful!

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  28. Had never thought to use honey & ginger with citrus to take away excess tang and give it a truly interesting taste! Thank you, Maria! Oh, bye the bye, I'm Estonian-born! :) !

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  29. Hope you feel better! It's so amazing to imagine that it's winter somewhere on this planet. Beautiful photos and delicious salad.

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  30. I must say, Maria, it's a massive achievement for me to be able to look at an orange containing-recipe and not feel queasy, but you've managed to make me do so! Hurrah!

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  31. Citrus so brightens up winter. What a bright, fresh, delicious looking salad.

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  32. That really looks like a refreshing salad! Congrats on being featured :)

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  33. Big congratulations on being featured ! This salad is such a lovely way to eat fruit in a season where fruit options are pretty depressingly limited and lifts your sprits in the cold weather :)

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  34. Well done on the feature. Super Cool! I currently have an abundance of citrus on hand and this recipe sounds super fresh - i like that. I went to the extreme of making orange dust out of mine the other day for something different. I couldn't bare waste them and to my surprise it was good!

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  35. Congratulations on the feature! Also, this salad looks delicious, and well suited for the myriad of colds I've been experiencing this winter :)

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  36. If this doesn't cure you immediately, I don't know what will! I love citrus and I miss Meyer lemons dearly! Great recipe.

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  37. Hello!
    I am sorry to hear that you guys aren't feeling 100%. Good time to indulge on the abundance of citrus around. I too have stocked up and we're enjoying beautiful Imperial mandarins and Navel oranges to the full!

    Congratulations on the feature! How fun!

    Also loving the new banner!

    Happy weekend to you.

    xx Charlotta

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  38. Winter is really the season for cold. I think citrus, ginger and honey are great for colds. I read somewhere that fresh thyme is great for colds too; I have not tried that though. Do take good care of yourselves. Keep warm and drink lots of water:)

    Congrats on the SBS feature. I love how you're introducing us to Finnish cuisine!

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  39. Congrats on the interview Maria! Cold or no cold, you're a star!

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  40. Congrats on the feature! I love citrus fruits, and your pictures are making me crave a citrus salad!

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  41. New header looks awesome! And congrats on the SBS write up! I saw it this morning and was so excited for you :)

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  42. Lovely salad and great pictures...so fresh!

    Ps.Onnittelut haastattelun johdosta! :)

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  43. Beautiful pics and such a wonderfully simple salad. What, pray tell, is a Nut Loaf Tin?? They make great props, whatever their original use was!

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  44. How fabulous! The citrus and the SBS foodie page - well done!! I am with you - battling a bit of a cold, and am craving citrus like never before. So refreshing. Oh, and pho :)
    Heidi xo

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  45. How wonderful to be featured on the foodie page! Of course it doesn't suprise me as your food and photos are fabulous!

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