Fennel and Avocado Summer Salad

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Finally sun! It may or may not have been the coldest and greyest of springs but whatever the facts may be – it has felt like it to me. Last week I even put the fire on in the sitting room – in June!! The minute the sun is out of course I go totally salad mad – anything can find its way into my salads and often do. My current plant crush is fennel which is not only incredibly tasty but also has a lot of benefits especially for those with gastric issues. Irritable bowl syndrome anyone? Part of the parsley family fennel can be used in a variety of ways so don’t be afraid to experiment with both the plant and the seeds. Continue reading “Fennel and Avocado Summer Salad”

Sesame Veg Pot

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Is lunch time your Achilles heel? We all have times in the day when we are tempted by junk and for me it is definitely at lunch. Whether you work in an office environment or write books at home – lunch time creeps up on us until we are so ravenous that we’ll grab the first thing that promises instant gratification. Often a big, fat sandwich!
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Electric House

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As a fruit and veggie lover I generally don’t tend to associate eating out with healthy food. Great tasting food, yes, quality meat, yes, but not necessarily fresh, organic, interesting veggies mixed in a way I’d perhaps prefer if I was cooking at home. Now I know many restaurants and pubs go to great lengths to have local, seasonal produce to serve with their dishes but I am talking about your average meal out, without too much planning or research. The truth is it’s often tasty but not so healthy.

To me, therefore, the concept is quite contradictory – the point of eating out is perhaps exactly that you don’t care about nutrition, on that particular occasion, but rather want to enjoy the flavours of that which you don’t eat every day.

Fast forward to yesterday, however, when I was taken to Notting Hill’s Electric House Restaurant by kind friends. The menu was positively brimming with yummy combos of vegetables that you could team with fish or meat but happily have on its own too. For me it was an eye opener of what eating out could be like when you have a menu match!

Here are some interesting dishes and combos from Electric House’s menu that can be recreated at home:

  • chilled asparagus soup
  • raw vegetables, walnuts, blue cheese
  • watercress, radish, sugar snaps
  • bibb lettuce, avocado and crab
  • grilled tomato, peas, avocado
  • spinach, grilled fennel, grilled asparagus
  • broccoli, carrots, caper berries, almonds
  • beetroot, runner beans, walnuts
  • avocado on toast, poached egg

Most of the vegetable dishes were no more than £7 and the portions were very generous, utterly simple and delicious. Definitely not just a small side. I had a piece of grilled salmon with green beans, coupled with a spinach, grilled fennel and asparagus salad. As I’m staying off gluten and starchy things at present, this was my menu made in heaven and just as filling as if it had been served with rice/pasta/potato. There was no way on earth that I was going to be able to finish all of it and in fact, none of us could. And we all like to eat – a lot! As it is a members club you have to know someone who can take you, but if you get the chance to go I can highly recommend the food and the ambience – when we left close to midnight the place was positively jumping. Enjoy your Saturday, everyone! X