The other day I saw Matthew Bourne’s ‘Play Without Words’ at Sadler’s Wells which was fantastic. Bourne is a choreographer of contemporary dance, I always see his productions and so far none have failed to impress. He is well known for his ‘Swan Lake’ with all male swans. He also did a take on ‘Carmen’ called ‘Carman’ set in a garage with the main character being a mechanic (Carman of course!) getting hot and bothered with the head of the garage’s wife. Before the show I had lunch in the courtyard cafe at the Lillian Bayliss studio next door. The food there is always great and this time was no exception. I had a frittata with a fennel, lemon juice and chilli flake salad. Cue yummy noises! Here’s my take on the salad with orange and radishes for hits of peppery and sweet flavours and eye pleasing pops of pink and orange.
Takes 5 minutes // Serves 2
What you need:
2 small fennels or 1 large one
A sprinkling of dried chilli flakes
What you need to do:
1. Wash all ingredients bar the chilli flakes.
2. Cut the hard base of the fennel and the shoots of the top off. Slice the shoots lengthways and keep the grassy bits.
3. Slice the fennel length ways so you keep the intricate layers together.
4. Slice an inch off the top of the orange and juice it.
5. Slice the rest of the orange, bar an inch at the other end, into slices, cut the rind off each one and juice the other end.
6. Slice the radishes as thinly as possible.
7. Arrange all the ingredients in a bowl, pour the orange juice on top and sprinkle the chilli flakes over it.