Avocados can be a difficult fruit.
"Not yet. Not yet. Not yet. Not yet. Not yet. Eat me now. Too late." - Avocados. Those delicious, crafty buggers...but any avocado lover will understand the pure, unadulterated joy of opening a perfectly ripe avocado. Not too soft, not too firm, just buttery green happiness.
If you're anything like me and buy a bag of avocados but sometimes struggle to eat them before they all go brown (because I feel like maybe I should do something more inspired than avo on toast 16 breakfasts in a row) then I have the perfect recipe for you - chunky guacamole salad.
Spring - the season for hearty salads.
Summer is all about fresh and light, winter is too darn cold for any kind of salad (I'm not the only person who finds salads in cold weather completely unsatisfying, right?) but spring - glorious, temperate spring - is the right time for a healthy salad with substance.
Something that's a complete meal. Something that will make other people ooohh and aaahh, rather than looking like you left the other (better...) part of your lunch at home. And because we all know I'm obsessed with Mexican flavours, I give you my latest food crush: the Southwest Quinoa Salad.
Love is in the air! (part two)
Valentine’s Day is creeping ever closer, and today it's time for main course: Pumpkin and Edamame Salad with Miso Dressing and Sesame-Crusted Salmon (you can find part one, Classic Potato Gnocchi with Basil Walnut Pesto here). Salmon to me is always sexy; it’s smooth and creamy, and not too fishy. It holds its shape beautifully when cooked and stands up perfectly when paired with robust side dishes like this salad. Plus it’s also one of the things I only make when the kids are out (suckers!), so it automatically makes me think “adult dish”.
So winter is in full swing.
Rain is falling, skies are darkening and extremities everywhere are feeling like they’re about to fall off. And during winter a garden salad just won’t cut it for me; I need my salads to be hearty and filling with big punchy flavours. Say hello to my new favourite winter salad, the turmeric-roasted cauliflower, crispy leek and pomegranate salad.
I hate it when I open the fridge and I don’t find what I’m looking for.
Like happiness or perfect abs.
And no matter how old I get I still look in the fridge repeatedly in the hope that a delicious, healthy and completely calorie-free chocolate mud cake has materialized only to find myself constantly disappointed. Is this something we ever outgrow? I mean – does my mum still do this? Mum: can you set the record straight? More often than not I forage through the fridge each morning looking for lunchables; something I can throw together in a matter of minutes to form a nutritionally-sound yet delicious lunch. In our current delightful, warm climate this is usually some form of salad – but not your boring old garden variety. Death before boring salads!
Sometimes things don’t always go according to plan.
In my family, this is a little thing we like to call “life” and it seems that the easiest way to annoy "life" is to make a well thought out, detailed plan. I’m not alone in this, am I? Life likes to screw everyone else over too? With my glorious time off over Christmas and New Years I thoughts I’d be really clever and get ahead with the blog – I made a blog plan, I wrote out posts, I scheduled things into my diary. I was ON FIRE. Today’s post was supposed to be a hilarious story regarding my mother and her fruit trees, finishing with a recipe for Peach Galette with Coconut Sugar Crust.
Well - life had other ideas.
I've never understood the fascination with kale.
I mean, I know it's healthy and that hipsters love it but doesn't anyone care about taste anymore? I'd tried kale twice before this recipe: the first time I was violently hungover and thought a green smoothie would help. The second time I was violently hungover and thought a green smoothie would help. Both times I was wrong. The distinct earthy, grassy flavour did NOT cure my hangover but I suppose it did take the focus off my pounding head and put it on my newly nauseated stomach so it wasn't a total bust. And since then every time that someone has mentioned kale I give a horrified, melodramatic "BLERGH!!" that would make even my seven year old daughter jealous of how enthusiastically I can portray my hatred for a green vegetable. That was until my sister-in-law introduced me to this salad.
I adore summer. The heat, the seasonal fruit, the reminder it's almost Christmas break - all of it.
It's that sweaty, magical amazing time where temperatures rise and my motivation to do work or wear pants significantly falls. My motivation to spend a lot of time in the kitchen decreases too (despite it being my favourite room) and having my extra-wide oven on heating up the whole house just isn't a viable option. Apparently my family thinks having a 37 degree house is "unpleasant" and "stifling". And despite the fact the first two days of Australian summer have been a bust temperature-wise, I'm still getting myself into the summer cooking groove.
I love vegan food.
Aside from my mildly-endearing-bordering-on-unhealthy dependence on cheese I could totally do the vegan thing, especially since I really started paying attention to making my diet as nutrient-dense and sustainably sourced as possible because eating a largely plant based diet = nutrients (I know, I'm as shocked as you are).
And for me, the easiest way of bamming a whole heap of nutrition into my day is in the form of a salad. Not your run of the mill, iceberg lettuce based snoozefest, but a salad that actually looks, smells and tastes amazing - enough to make me excited about eating it (which, let's face it, doesn't happen too often when salad is involved).
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