Magic Anchovy Salad - and Boaketique Now Open! / by Alex Boake

Hi everyone! Things have been crazy since the start of the year, and are currently showing no signs of slowing. Rather than being a problem, this is actually quite awesome. I'm currently overseas in London, England, and won't be back until the end of the month, but rather than let this blog go dormant while I'm away, I prepared some tasty and fun content in advance.Just to keep things exciting for you as well as for me, I thought I should let you know that I'm now offering some shirts for sale, via Spreadshirt, over at my new store, which I have dubbed The Boaketique.

Right now I have just one design, but there shall certainly be more to come. Things can get at least 60% more fishy in your wardrobe with this Anchovy Apparel!

You may recognize the design from my earlier post, featuring some illustrations on mugs. If you're looking to get one of these mugs, feel free to contact me directly at, or wait a few weeks as I may be getting an Etsy shop up and running soon.

This shirt design was inspired by my boyfriend Mike's Dad's favourite salad. The special ingredient? Anchovies, of course! I elaborated on the initial mug design to bring you this feature recipe illustration, with the recipe to follow!

Magic Anchovy Salad


  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 Large Ripe Beefsteak Tomato
  • 1 Medium Green Pepper
  • 1 Medium Red Onion
  • 1 Tin Anchovies in Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions Chop the end off your Romaine, and wash the leaves. Spin dry, and then chop the leaves into manageable pieces. No one likes to have to bust out the knife when they're eating their salad, or have to stuff humongous leaves in their mouth! Throw the chopped Romaine into a large salad bowl.

Wash the Tomato and Green Pepper. Again, chop the Tomato into bite-sized pieces. Toss these on top of the Romaine. Cut the top off of the Green Pepper and remove the seeds. Cut into rings, and then cut the rings in half. As with the Tomatoes, toss them into the bowl to join the party!

Peel the Red Onion, and then cut into rings. Cut the rings in half and separate the pieces. I like to marinate my raw onion in vinegar for a few minutes just to take a bit of the wicked bite out of it, but it's not strictly speaking necessary. Marinated, or unmarinated, toss the Onions into the bowl!

Now the real stars of the show appear. Open the tin of Anchovies and chop them up! Toss them into the mix, and then toss all the ingredients together.

Serve as a big bowl on the table with your bottles of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Let people serve their portions, and drizzle on their own dressing. Add Salt and Pepper to taste! The veggies are fresh, and the fish add some salty fun! Yum!