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At The Endive The Day

At The Endive The Day

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…you’re another day older – but that’s NOT all you can say about this refreshing endive and orange winter salad.

At The Endive The Day - an endive and clementine salad inspired by the musical Les Miserables!

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About half an hour into Les Misérables, the show proper starts with At The End Of The Day, a jolly ditty about the relentless misery of poverty, interspersed by a little work-place bullying, set in the town of Montreuil-Sur-Mer. Working in the factory of the handsome-yet-mysterious mayor, Monsieur Madeleine (who bears a suspicious resemblance to escaped convicted Jean Valjean), the impoverished Fantine scrapes a living to provide endives for her daughter, Cosette, whilst fending off the advances of the dubiously-trousered horny factory foreman. When her resentful co-workers discover Fantine’s secret love-child, she is shopped to the jealous foreman and the ensuing argument and fight leads to her being fired by Madelaine/Valjean (booooo! Ed).

That’s a lot of information to be squeezed into one song – some musicals don’t have anywhere near as much plot in the entire show! – but it precipitates her untimely death (spoiler!) which drives one of the major plot strands of the rest of the story. You can read more about Les Mis in On Mayown and Master Of The Hass but, chances are, you’ve heard about it!

So… endives then…

“Wait, isn’t that the same thing as chicory as famously featured in Chicory Has Its Eyes On You?” I hear you cry. In fact, this is the same salad vegetable, minus the googly eyes. Endives are admittedly an acquired taste due to their extremely bitter taste. Pairing them with something sweet is often the key to making them more palatable and endive and orange is a classic combination (and an obsession of my in-laws… seriously). I used clementines, but use any kind of orange. Red onion and basil add additional interest and flavour and you will also need a good salad dressing… an opportunity to revisit Je Vinaigrette Rien if ever I saw one!

Arrange the endive leaves around your serving bowls. Slice up any additional leaves and add these along with the sliced oranges. Scatter the sliced red onion, torn basil leaves, orange zest (if liked) and drizzle over the dressing. At the end of the day, that’s how you make an endive and orange salad!

At The Endive The Day - an endive and clementine salad inspired by the musical Les Miserables!

 

At The Endive The Day

At The Endive The Day

Ingredients

  • 1 endive/chicory
  • 3 clementines, peeled and sliced, reserving the zest
  • 1/4 red onion
  • Basil leaves
  • Salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Arrange the endive leaves around a serving bowl. Slice up any additional leaves and add these along with the sliced oranges.
  2. Scatter the sliced red onion, torn basil leaves, orange zest (if liked) and drizzle over the dressing.

Notes

Serves 2

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