Negative space. Great when it comes to artwork. Not so much when it comes to a house. Our house was built in 1895 and I have to say it was solidly built. It’s still relatively square. But man, when we redo rooms or do projects we find some serious negative space. While our kids are off on their summer adventures we redid my son’s floor. Because the wood had been damaged we had to pull up the old flooring. Which gave us a chance to put in new insulation. And that is where we saw the latest example of negative space. So we stuffed a lot of insulation in. Our son will be quite toasty this winter.
Thankfully that is a few months off. On Father’s Day we joined our friends in the traditional Father’s Day BBQ and I had made a twist on the caprese salad with bacon and lettuce. I didn’t have the time to get stuff together for a blog post then but I thought I’d remake it for my husband and I but added chicken. Because why not?
In a skillet start cooking 4-5 rashers of streaky bacon, chopped up. Once the bacon is half cooked add about a third of a cup of chopped onion and a couple of cloves of garlic, chopped. Add a teaspoon or so of fresh thyme.
While this is cooking make up the dressing and grill the chicken. I just seasoned the chicken with sea salt and pepper as it will be dressed before adding to the salad. In a bowl add olive oil and white balsamic vinegar. The ration was about 1:3/4 oil to vinegar. Whisk to emulsify. Season with sea salt and pepper.
Cut up the chicken into small pieces. Add the chicken and the bacon mixture to the bowl and toss in the dressing.
Add to lettuce and top with chopped tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.
A super easy, flavourful salad for summer nights. Without leaving you feeling stuffed.
How neat to live in such an historic house and this looks seriously good!
I love our home but it’s a lot of work! 😊
I love historic homes, Our homes are about the same age. mid 1800’s not sure exactly what year. Your salad is wonderful, it’s a meal and nice and light and flavorful.
Thank you! Have you looked into the history of your house?
There is nothing really on record at least that I could find. There are some houses in the neighborhood with interesting and colorful history. Not sure mine is one.
I’ve looked up deeds and things. Just interesting to find out who lived here. 😊
I haven’t looked up deeds but now I think I will. I would have to go to the DOBand look through their archives could be very interesting.
I get sucked with that stuff. I find it fascinating.
Delicious dinner salad for this time of year.
Nothing negative about that dish Virginia. Lovely.
Thank you, Conor. 😊
I’d have been more than pleased with a serving of your salad on my plate. Nicely done.