After a social and busy weekend, this week is all about holiday prep for us, so I am going to keep things simple. I hope you don’t mind? The reality of running an online business is that while in theory you can take as much time off as you like – no one is there to stop you – going on holiday requires doubling down on effort beforehand to make sure the business isn’t negatively affected by your absence.
Before I am able to jet off anywhere, I need to make sure I have enough recipes in the bank to be able to keep to my regular posting schedule while I am away. All the recipes need to be fully tested and photographed, the photos selected, edited and uploaded to the site and blog posts mostly written, as I won’t have access to any of my usual software or other equipment to make any changes later. Despite what ‘you can be a nomad while running your own business’ YouTube videos often portray, it’s not that glamorous, trust me, but it is certainly nice to have that amount of flexibility.
When it comes to summer produce, simple is often best. Both fennel and cherries are still in season right now and I think they belong in a salad together! This salad, or its earlier incantation, has been on my recipe list since January, when the idea to combine roasted grapes and fennel struck me once I saw roasted grapes looking delicious in a magazine. But then I’ve had a chance to think about it some more and decided to trade grapes, which are usually imported from a warmer climate, with locally grown cherries for this super simple killer salad.
UK-grown fennel is in season until the end of September and Kent-grown cherries are still gracing the fruit section shelves so please do not delay, make this salad, right now. If you end up missing cherries though, swap them up for roasted plums or blackberries – they will look and work just as well. Enjoy x
PS: If you make my fennel and roasted cherry salad, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and use the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!
DRESSING AND MARINADE