Porridge with pear and pistachio nuts.

The humble pear is in season and what a joy that is. Nothing quite like a nice pear. ūüôā My kids love them and no matter how many I buy, they are always gone the following day. It is the perfect snack and after a bit of swatting I am delighted by all the health benefits that are related to pears. Who knew?¬† Continue reading “Porridge with pear and pistachio nuts.”

Asian Kale Salad

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Fresh organic ingredients for the Kale salad.

Lately, I’ve been developing somewhat of an obsession¬†with¬†looking at healthy/green food blogs. Not very rock n’ roll, I know, but it is incredibly¬†inspirational and enlightening to see whats¬†trending, not to mention the¬†many talented and creative¬†people who are willing to share their wisdom, recipes and blog techniques to¬†enable others to develop their own voice. Respect!

During one of my recent surfing sessions¬†I came across Cookie + Kate,¬†a vegetarian website celebrating the eating and cooking of whole foods. My aim was to¬†search for¬†an¬†inspiring kale recipe and that is how I¬†found Kate’s blog which features¬†one of the best kale salads I’ve ever tasted, Chopped Kale Salad with Edamame, Carrot and Avocado.¬†As I didn’t have all¬†of the ingredients at home,¬†this is a bastardised version that still was a perfect 10 in my book.

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Kale and other salad ingredients mixed and squeezed, prior to dressing.

Chopped Kale Salad with Edamame, Carrot and Avocado (serves 4):

Author: Cookie and Kate

Salad:

1 bunch kale

fine-grain sea salt

1 cup chopped snow peas (slice off tough ends first)

1 large carrot, peeled and ribboned with a vegetable peeler

1 small red pepper, deseeded and chopped

1 heaped cup organic edamame (if using frozen edamame, defrost by tossing into a pot of boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes)

1 avocado, pitted and sliced into small chunks

1 large shallot, finely sliced

handful coriander, chopped

handful Thai basil (or regular basil), chopped

Tamari-Ginger Vinaigrette:

¬ľ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon finely grated ginger

1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari (or other low-sodium soy sauce*)

2 teaspoons lime juice

3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced

Remove the tough ribs from the kale and chop the kale leaves into small, bite-sized pieces.  Transfer to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the kale with a dash of sea salt and use your hands to massage the kale by squeezing the leaves in your hands until the kale is a darker green and fragrant. Toss the remaining salad ingredients with the kale.

To make the vinaigrette, whisk together all the ingredients until emulsified. Toss the dressing with the salad and serve. Voila!!

Note: As you can see I didn’t have any edamame beans, nor did I have the snowpeas but I added more basil leaves and some chopped salad onions instead. It worked a treat and¬†I absolutely loved this salad. ¬†It would work equally well on its own as with a piece of grilled fish. Perhaps with a glass of chilled white too…. Happy Saturday x

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Kate’s salaad mixed with the tamari-ginger vinaigrette – heaven!