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Inappropriate

I feel like this post is almost inappropriate tonight. The whole country is gearing itself up for the rugby semi-finals tonight. I’ve read online that the Rugby World Cup may be partly responsible for lowering vegetable prices – everyone is eating takeout so the demand has lessened. And then there is me – eating a salad as my main meal. But this is no ordinary salad – this has got to be the best salad I have had this Spring. It is fresh, filling, delicious and a complete meal in a bowl.  Broccoli, snow peas, peas & chicken are tossed in a tangy Asian-inspired dressing and then sprinkled with toasted almonds and cayenne pepper. Delicious. I recommend you try it!

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Double Pea Spring Salad Recipe
(adapted from Warm Snow Pea & Chicken Salad at EatingWell.com)

(serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 250g chicken breast
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 broccoli
  • 100g snow peas
  • 1/2 cup peas

Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Toppings:

  • 1T sliced almonds, toasted
  • dried capsicum flakes (optional)
  • cayenne pepper (optional)

Method

  1. Bring chicken stock to a gentle simmer in a pot. Add chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the snow peas into strips and cut broccoli into bite sized florets.
  3. Cook peas by microwaving for 2 minutes in a tablespoon of water. Alternatively, boil in water until heated through and bring green.
  4. Place dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until smooth, place aside.
  5. Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil over a moderate heat in a fry pan.
  6. Add garlic and ginger to fry pan until fragrant (about 1 minute)
  7. Add broccoli and snow peas to fry pan. Cook for about 5 minutes until the broccoli is tender crisp and heated through.
  8. Meanwhile, drain chicken and tear into pieces.
  9. Add chicken, peas and dressing to fry pan when broccoli is cooked. Mix to combine.
  10. Serve and top with toasted almonds and dried capsicum flakes. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper if you enjoy a little heat.
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Better Than From A Box

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One more night shift to go and once again I really didn’t feel like cooking dinner. After last night’s dinner though, I wasn’t even tempted to get takeaways. I knew I would feel better for eating something fresh and nutritious and I was right. On tonight’s menu was Arabic Spiced Fish with Tahini Salad from An Edible Mosaic.

To prepare the fish, you mix the flour and spices and rub it over the fish then pan-fry the fish. Faith suggests finishing the fish off in the oven until it is cooked through but I omitted this step and just fried it until it was done through. The tahini and fresh flavours of the salad are a great accompaniment to the fish. The salad and dressing is simple enough to quickly assemble as the fish is cooking. I served this dish on top of Israeli cous cous which didn’t really go. Normal cous cous or brown rice would have worked better.

On another note, I have re-organised my “Mains” recipe page so it is easier to navigate instead of just a long list of recipes. It made me realise how much fish and seafood I have been eating lately! Please feel free to leave comments and feedback – I love hearing from you!

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Mim vs Kitchen: 1 All

Do you know that is? Sunshine on my legs (please excuse the pasty whiteness)! Today it felt like Spring has arrived and warm days always make me feel like seafood. I’m not sure why – maybe it’s childhood memories of fish and chips on the beach. So, for dinner tonight I set to work converting a recipe for Salmon Jerky and Citrus Tahini into marinated Salmon and Citrus Tahini Coleslaw.

It looked and smelt awesome while it was cooking. The coleslaw dressing tasted pretty good with its lemon juice, orange, tahini, and honey flavours but when it came to tasting the salmon – bleh! I only used 2TBSP of tamari but it was WAY to strong. Oops. So sorry, no salmon recipe today but maybe I’ll come back to that idea.

Fortunately I have a kitchen success to share from my breakfast: Simple Berry Sauce. Simple Berry Sauce has been part of my morning for a long time. When I have time, my go to breakfast is a big bowl of oats topped with Simple Berry Sauce and yoghurt. This sauce is quick enough to zap in the microwave while the oats are cooking on the stove.

Simple Berry Sauce Recipe

(serves 1)

Ingredients

  • 1/3C frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2t arrowroot powder (you could substitute cornflour but arrowroot powder has less taste)
  • drop of vanilla essence
  • drop of lemon juice

Method

1. Microwave berries for 1 or 2 minutes. They should be fully defrosted and steaming hot.
2. Mush with a fork and mix in arrowroot powder
3. Microwave for a further 1 or 2 minutes. The mixture should now have a ‘jam-like’ consistency.
4. Mix in vanilla essence and lemon juice.

This sauce is not overly sweet but works well with the sweetness of the banana I put in my oats. It also works well on pancakes. If you have a sweet-tooth add some maple syrup, honey, sugar or agave nectar to taste.

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