Spring Salad Series No# 4

Spring Salad Series

Shaved Beetroot and Shredded Chicken Salad with Quinoa and Spiced Cumin Yoghurt. 

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Recently we’ve been experiencing a croissant craving. Now, we don’t usually get immense food cravings as we eat a pretty balanced diet, incorporating all food groups and tune into what our bodies need on a daily basis. For some reason however, we’ve been really wanting to indulge in the buttery-ness and crispness of a freshly baked croissant. We’re thinking it’s the fact that we leave for europe in two months time (omg!) in combination with our desire to visit our favourite bakery in Melbourne – Tivoli Road Bakery. Literally the best bakery. We absolutely love everything about it. Mmm their smoked trout on rye is to die for. As well as their fruit toast (apparently, we’re yet to try it)

So last night we decided that this morning we’d make the long over due visit to our favourite bakery and indulge in the buttery-ness and crispness of their famous croissants.

Best Decision Ever.

After our delicious breakfast we stopped by the markets and bought some fresh deli sicilian olives, goats feta and organic grass fed lamb straps (for dinner tonight!)

With the beetroots, chicken and quinoa that we already had in the fridge, we put together this fun, italian inspired spring salad. To go with our french inspired breakfast of course. 

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Ingredients (Serves two as a main dish)

-3 small beetroots

– 6 leaves of rainbow chard

-1 cup of pre cooked quinoa (we make big batched and leave in the fridge)

– Half a punnet of strawberries

-1 chicken breast (poached and then shredded with a fork)

– 10 sicilian olives

– 2 – 3 tablespoons of full fat greek yoghurt

– 1 teaspoon of cumin (can use less if you find cumin too strong)

-1 teaspoon of tahini

– A few leaves of flat parsley

-Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

-1 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees celsius. Whilst you’re waiting for the oven to warm up, leave the beetroots whole and cover them with aluminium foil. Finely chop your rainbow chard and layer evenly on two plates.

2. When the oven is ready, place the beetroots on the middle rack and bake for about half an hour.

3. As the beetroots are in the oven, heat up a saucepan of water on the stove with a tad of salt and bring to the boil. As you’re waiting for the water, you can prep your chicken by dicing up the breast into generous sized pieces. (You can also poach the chicken whole, however this will take you more time)

4. When the water is boiling, pop in your chicken. It will take about 6-8 minutes to poach (depending on the size of your pieces). It is important to keep a close eye on it as you don’t want it to over cook!

5. As the beetroots are in the oven and the chicken is poaching, heat up your quinoa on the stove (ours was pre-cooked so we just had to quickly re-heat) and start to prep your yoghurt. Grab a small bowl and scoop in two to three tablespoons of full fat yoghurt. Add your cumin, tahini and pepper and mix together. Set aside. You can also slice your strawberries either in halves or quarters.

6. The chicken should be ready by now so remove from the stove and drain. Poached chicken should be extremely tender so shredding with a fork should be relatively easy. Basically just ‘stroke’ the pieces with your fork so they almost rip apart. (Sorry that’s a little hard to explain). Set the chicken aside on a plate

7. Remove the beetroots from the oven and test whether you can insert a knife through the middle. If you can they are ready to be finely shaved with either a sharp nice or a large grater. Finely shave the beetroot and place half onto of the rainbow chard that you have already placed on the plates.

8. Evenly distribute the quinoa onto the two plates, alternating with beetroot, shredded chicken, sicilian olives and strawberries. You’re basically layering your ingredients.

9. Now top with a dollop of your yoghurt that you set aside just moments ago and garnish with himalayan salt, pepper and parsley. You can also drizzle with some olive oil if you wish!

10. EAT

We hope you enjoy it! Please let us know what you think!

Oh and also, head over to Tivoli Road Bakery in Melbourne and indulge in one of their croissants.

M + S xx

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Cannelloni bean and Sardine Mash

BEAN MASH

Cannelloni bean and Sardine Mash with Chives and a hint of Lemon

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Ingredients:

– 1 can of organic sardines in extra virgin olive oil

– 1 can of organic cannelloni beans

– 1/2 juice of a lemon

– Pinch of pepper

– Pinch of himalayan salt

– Two teaspoons of finally chopped fresh chives


Method:

– Place all ingredients into a food processor. Easy as that! (You do no need to add the remaining of the olive oil from the sardine can, there will be enough flavour in the sardines themselves from soaking in the oil)

– Serve on toast, with a cheese platter, a side to a salad or simply as a dip!

– YUM

Cannelloni Bean ‘Pate’ with Olives and Goats Cheese

We do love our pates, mashes, purées… just condiments all together. They always and we mean always, lift any meal giving it more life, flavour, and character

Try this simple pate-ish’ recipe. It is truely brilliant


Ingredients:

– 1 can of organic cannelloni beans

– Around 6 pitted green and black olives (roughly chopped up)

– 2 cubes of Meredith’s goats cheese

– 1 pinch of himalayan salt

– 1 pinch of pepper

– 1.5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

– 1 teaspoon of ground cumin


Method:

This is a really simple ‘pate’ that will take you literally 5 minutes! All you need is a food processor at hand and the ingredients listed above

Firstly, you have to drain the cannelloni beans ensuring you get rid of most of the liquid. Then simply place the beans in the food processor, along with the goats cheese, chopped up olives, spices and olive oil

Turn on the food processor until you can see that the ingredients are nicely mixed together. We believe its best when the olives are still in ‘chucks’ throughout the paste, giving it a bit more of a ‘crunch’

Have a sneaky taste, if you believe it’s too dry then add a little more olive oil or a dash of water

And voila, that is all you have to do! Serve as a dip, or dollop onto a salad, or spread onto a freshly baked moist ‘melt in your mouth’ loaf

Enjoy Lovelies

 

Winter Sweet Potato and Sardine Salad

WINTER SALAD SERIES

Oven baked Sweet Potato on a bed of sautéed Brussel sprouts and Sustainable Sardines. Topped with sunflower seed pesto, black olives, goats feta and fresh parsley

Much of our inspiration behind our cooking is from Jacqueline Alwill and her ‘Brown Paper Bag Blog’. Her beautifully presented meals and recipes have an abundance of nutrients, incorporating all major food groups. She includes red and white meat, cheese and eggs within her recipes, demonstrating a balanced and sensible approach to wellness. We very much admire her cooking and frequently check her blog for updates – the recipe for the pesto that we’re about to post is adapted from her page.

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Ingredients: Serves two as a main

-1/2 a small to medium sweet potato. Finely sliced lengthways

– 2 cups of brussel sprouts. Cut in half

– 1/4 cup of green peas (we use organic frozen)

– 1 tin of sustainable sardines in olive oil

– 1/4 goats feta

– 1/2 cup of black olives

– 1/4-1/3 cup of Pesto (Click here for Brown Paper Bag recipe)

– Fresh Parsley

-Pepper to taste

– Himalayan salt to taste

Method

This recipe is very basic! It’ll take you around 20 minutes to prepare so very convenient for a mid week meal 

1. Place your finely sliced sweet potato on a tray. Brush with a tad of olive oil, salt and pepper. Back in oven set at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.

2. Whilst sweet potato is in the oven, sauté your brussel sprouts and peas in a wok on high heat in a bit of coconut oil (or water). Keep sautéing till the brussels begin to soften and possibly turn a little brown at the edges. Once ready mix through the black olives and  evenly distribute onto two plates.

3. The sweet potato should be ready now, remove from oven and delicately layer onto the greens.

4. With your tinned sardines, evenly halve and coarsely break over the potato.

5. Top with the pesto, goats feta and fresh parsley

6. A dash of olive oil and you’re good to go!

Mum’s Wholemeal Seeded Spelt Loaf

Avocado, organic boiled eggs and homegrown garden herbs on mum’s wholemeal seeded spelt loaf. The only way to start the day. Oh and with a cup of joe of course! 

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We have the best mum in the world. We didn’t have any spelt loaf left in the fridge and we weren’t getting a delivery for a couple of weeks so our lovely mum did some baking. Not only did she bake us a wholemeal seeded spelt loaf, she also baked a gluten free vegan loaf (will post recipe when she has refined a little more). We have thoroughly enjoyed this bread in the mornings with our usual combinations of avocado, eggs and homegrown herbs. Mum’s dedication to her veggie patch and herb garden is just too cute to handle. A couple of days ago she picked some eggplants and they were just so tiny and beautiful. 

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Anyway, as many of you would probably already know from our instagram, we absolutely love to start our day with a balanced, savoury breakfast. Our favourite is avocado, herbs and organic boiled eggs on spelt toast. No porridge and stewed fruit for us in the mornings – we find starting the day on sugar and dairy is too ‘heavy’ for our digestive systems.

So, thanks to our mum for this fantastic recipe! Hope you enjoy xx

Ingredients

– Yeast (fresh or dry)

– 1 1/2 cups of wholemeal spelt flour

– 1 1/2 cups of white spelt flour

– 1 1/2 cups of warm water

– 1 tablespoon of maple syrup

– 2 tablespoons of linseeds

– 2 teaspoon of oats

– 1 teaspoon of olive oil

– 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt (Himalayan salt would be ideal here)

– 2 teaspoons of milk

Method

Step 1

Place yeast, maple syrup and warm water in a jug. Whisk to dissolve yeast. Stand in a warm place for 10 minutes or until frothy.

Step 2

Sift flours into a large bowl. Stir in salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons linseeds, 1 tablespoon oats, yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic . Place in a large, lightly greased bowl. Cover with a wet towel  and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Lightly grease a loaf pan (coconut oil would work). Combine remaining linseeds and oats in a bowl. Set aside. Using your fist, punch dough down. Knead until smooth. Shape into a log. Place in prepared pan and cover. Set aside in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes or until dough has almost doubled in size.

Step 4

Brush top with milk. Sprinkle with linseed oats mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until dark golden and hollow.

Thankyou to our gorgeous mumma for this glorious recipe!