Friday, 25 November 2011

Summer Couscous

This couscous salad is fresh and zesty. Its a great side dish, but its also a meal in itself. Its even better chilled the next day. 
Trust me, its delicious!

1.Pour hot water over 1 and 3/4 cups of couscous and leave to soften.
2. Combine
  • 1/4 cup of toasted pine nuts
  • 1 small spanish onion chopped finely
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 lebanese cucumber finely chopped, with skin
  • 1 vine ripened tomato finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch mint leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • season with salt and pepper
3. Combine these ingredients with the loosened couscous and serve!!  
Serves 6 as a side salad. 

Tip: Its delicious served with lamb cutlets and minted yoghurt.

      from Something Gorgeous

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Organic Banana Loaf

My kids love this recipe. I hope I don't end up in court for breaching copyright laws because I can't remember where the recipe came from. It's just one of those oldie but goodies I have in my Recipe drawer.

Organic Banana Loaf
(makes 1 loaf)

1 large ripe organic banana, mashed
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup (250mls) soy milk
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 1/2 cups organic self raising flour
1/2 cup organic rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 19cm x 9cm x 6cm loaf pan.

2. Mix together mashed banana, vanilla, eggs, soy milk, honey and sugar.

3. Sift Flour and add to wet ingredients with rolled oats and coconut. Gently fold through using a large metal spoon. Be careful not to over mix.

4. Spoon into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean when tested. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve sliced with butter or if you like it tastes great toasted.

      from Something Gorgeous

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Walnut,avocado and mango salad

After the storm on Sunday afternoon, the weather felt so warm and tropical. So in keeping with the mood, I prepared one of my favourite salads to have with a roasted leg of lamb.  Its pretty healthy and the mangoes make you feel like Summer is already here. Oh and of course, its quick and easy, otherwise you wouldn't find it in my recipe book. I've halved the ingredients in these photos because it was just for me and my hubby.
Pan fry 3 bacon rashers or cheat and buy diced, and allow to cool.( this doesn't look like half??)

Arrange a platter of  any mixed lettuce that takes your fancy.

Peel and slice 2 mangoes and 2 avocados into wedges and arrange on top of the lettuce. I like to make pretty rings around the edge of the platter, one for one. (My idea of being creative!!)

Sprinkle diced bacon and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts in the centre of the platter.

Whisk in a small bowl, 1tbl of cream, 2 tbl lemon juice, 1 tsp mustard grain and 1/4 cup of olive oil and pour over the salad.

Serve with lamb, bar-b-cued meat, chicken or fish. Fresh, simple, mostly healthy, but delicious!

From G 

    From Something Gorgeous  

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