Before I left for holidays, I received an awesome package in the mail:
And I even got a personally autographed copy 😉
So now back on home soil I’d decided to make a variation on Lola’s Quinoa Salad
1 cup of cooked red quinoa
4 tomatoes diced
120g of mixed lettuce leaves
1/2 red onion diced
2 stalks celery finely chopped
handful of sultanas/raisins
1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
handful of chopped fresh coriander/cilantro
pinch of himalayan salt, cracked pepper and sumac
juice & zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
3 T nama shoyu/tamari
1 T agave
1 T olive oil
1 t apple cider vinegar
seasoned with himilayan sea salt and cracked pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and FEAST!
This served 3 hungry adults (Mum, Dad & I)
I love eating salads with bite size pieces that you can shovel into your mouth, and even better I ate this salad with a spoon!
Then whilst watching my new TV obsession, the UK version of Come Dine with Me, I put together a snack plate of this for us all to enjoy.
Almond butter on fruit.
I can rarely enjoy that show without something to nibble on.
First dad eyed off the plate with a bit of a funny look, but when he saw mum and I hooking into it, he bravely sampled a banana then was happy to try out the apple.
What’s your TV obsession right now?
I am also loving Banged up Abroard/Locked up Abroad on the National Geo Adventure Channel.
***UPDATE: Thanks for your responses yesterday regarding your blender ideas. For those of you currently in the market for a new blender, here was some great feedback:
I thoroughly recommend the Vitamix but if you can’t afford it look towards a cheaper one – although I generally recommend 1200 watts or above as the 600W ones (at least here in Aus) don’t break down the greens very well. I have run comparisons side by side and the difference is quite stark.
I have tested of a new product called Ladyship which is mid-range priced (about $400?) and while it has a 600w motor the strength is in its torque. Green smoothies are great in it and it also does nut milk – straining the pulp and all – because you can put a filter in the jug (so it also does juicing). I’m quite impressed and now recommending this for people who don’t want an cheap and tinny blender, but can’t afford the Vitamix. More info here:http://www.ladyship.com.au/
It’s always worth while purchasing the very best equipment you can afford, or maybe saving a bit longer to get the right one. As a chef who uses this type of equipment constantly, it’s not worth while cutting corners to save a little bit of money. It’s false ecconomy in the long run.
I recently upgraded from my breville blender which I used for about 12 months before it gave up on me, but I still could not afford the Vitamix, I ended up researching alot and buying a Powermill Blender form Vitalitly 4 Life in Australia for around $600 AU and it is fantastic. It blends up everything so smooth and does everything else I wanted it too. It was alot cheaper than the Vitamix and I am very happy with it.
You can also read more positive Vitamix comments here on my facebook page.