A warm or “wilted” spinach salad is the perfect way to learn the principles of wilted or warm, leafy greens salads: season and acidify the greens and herbs and any garnish (like vegetables or meats) first, then pour over the hot oil or fat. Rendered bacon fat is traditional, but rendered duck or poultry fat, or country ham fat, or mixtures of oils like nut oils and olive are also wonderful.
The choice of acid is between vinegar and citrus juices, and I particularly like sherry vinegar for spinach.
Remember when washing spinach (and all salad greens) to lift it out of the washing water into its second washing or drying spinner, not to pour it out, in which case the sand falls back onto the spinach.
Cut 8 slices from a baguette diagonally across the loaf,
Spread the creamed cod thickly on the
Put the spinach in a bowl; add the sherry vinegar, marjoram,
Put the remaining olive oil and the walnut oil in a small saucepan and heat almost to the smoking point. Pour the hot oils over and around the salad. Mix the spinach well and very quickly. Serve immediately with 2 toasts on the side of each plate, and the nasturtium flowers on top.
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