“All is quiet on New Year’s Day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you.”
– from “New Year’s Day,” by U2
A New Year’s recipe should likely always be a salad, but what a salad this was! Bobby Flay’s Bread Salad was the first recipe I flipped to in the September issue of Bon Appetit, and I came to a halt when I found it. I had to make it, but had no idea what quince paste was, or where I’d find it.
But when I recently asked about it in my local cheese shop, the owner told me they’d just bought a shipment. “I rarely find it,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve carried it in a year, and I’ll be sold out in a week.”
I wasn’t going to waste that good luck. And the salad was every bit as wonderful as I’d hoped – a perfect salad for a quiet New Year’s holiday or a busy weeknight after we’re all back to work.
Happy New Year!
“And now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth
let’s not speak in any language,
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.”
– from “Keeping Quiet,” by Pablo Neruda