I went to a Christmas BBQ at my friend Nicky’s place about five years ago. When lunch was dished up I tasted this and immediately downed my plate in search of the recipe. Nicky sheepishly fessed up that, actually, her Mother-in-law Lynn had actually made it (and she’d dropped it off for lunch!). Being the persevering lass I am I made Nicky get me the recipe, which she duly did. Thanks Nic! I’ve tweaked the recipe a little over the years (you know me, I can’t help myself) and the recipe below has been a favourite ever since and it regularly accompanies me to BBQs in the summer. It’s so quick to make, especially after I found this pressure cooker brown rice recipe. Not only that but, It keeps for a couple of days and I reckon it takes even better on day two. (more…)
Sensational Salads & Veges
We love quinoa in our house and I’m always trying out new ways to serve it up. This recipe, assuming you have dukkah at the ready, is delicious and straightforward to prepare. I love the nutty, crunchy, slightly spicy goodness of dukkah, it’s a staple in my pantry and it goes gorgeously with the quinoa in this recipe.
Summer is coming, so here’s another favourite that’s perfect for BBQs! Oddly enough, it’s the boys that really seem to love this one, I think it’s the sweetness of the teriyaki?. Who cares? Boys eating salad? Yippee! The beauty of this Asian Noodle Salad with Teriyaki Dressing recipe is not following it exactly. Go with whatever ingredients you have, and use seasonal vegetables. The result is a different but delicious salad every time. This recipe looks like a lot of steps, but if you have your timing right, make my Chicken Teriyaki one night, keep the leftover sauce and make this later on during the week, that keeps things easy (smart thinking, hey?)
My gorgeous American friend Mel is the Queen of Salads. I went to her house for lunch once and she made a salad that was so good I recreated it and we had it for dinner that night, and three nights in a row the following week. So when Mel emailed me a recipe of another salad she thought I “might like”, I got excited and I raced off to the supermarket to get the ingredients.
This recipe is inspired by Taste Cornucopia in Hastings, an organic cafe which never ceases to wow me with their food. They always have an incredible array of salads, packed with stuff that’s only good for you – and my favourite is their quinoa salad. I’ve had this salad for lunch at least once a fortnight for the last three and a half years and I think I’ve finally figured out how to make it almost as good as theirs! This is a fantastic winter salad.