Spring Salad Series #2

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We’re off to Europe in exactly 10 weeks. It’s no secret that we are completely, 100% obsessed with everything to do with the European culture. The fresh food, old buildings, their train systems, cute bakeries, red wine (lots of red wine), the coop (only a few people would understand this), friendly people and most importantly our family in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Our love for Europe has come to a stage where we are trying to set up camp over there, permanently. This means a lot of research, visas, Italian passports, what do we do with our clothes?! how much money do we need? etc. It has been quite a headache. But so worth it.

Amongst this research, we have been taking our time in the kitchen, cooking and creating beautiful recipes to share with the world. As we have started our Spring Salad Series, this week we had to come up with salad number 2! Feeling a bit sluggish today, we opted for a lighter salad, bringing us back to our European summers.

Hope you enjoy this meal! Make sure to share it with family and close friends, no one likes eating alone.


Fennel, Celery, Rocket and Sardine Salad with black Sesame

Organic Ingredients

Serves two

Half a fennel

One celery stalk

Two handfuls of rocket

Two small oranges (we picked these from our garden)

One can of sardines in olive oil

One teaspoon of black sesame seeds

Few sprigs of fresh parsley

Two teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil

Himalayan salt (to taste)

Pepper (to taste)


Method

 Quite simple, no need for the stove or any other appliances

– Wash fennel and celery thoroughly

– Roughly (julienne) slice the celery and fennel

– Prepare two plates, and place one handful of rocket on each. Then top with the fennel and celery

-Peel the two oranges, and slice into thin circles (we’re not too sure how to explain this but we’re sure you will understand what we mean..). Place oranges onto the plates

– Divide the can of sardines in half and top onto the salads

– Sprinkle with black sesame, EVOO, pepper and salt. Oh and don’t forget the parsley!

– Serve with fresh dark bread (we had ours with some wholemeal organic spelt crackers)

– Bon Appetit!

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Spring Salad Series #1

Sautéed Greens with crispy skin Salmon. 

Spring is all about spending time with family and friends on weekends, cooking and eating in the garden. It’s about frolicking amongst the freshly blossomed flowers and drinking rose in the sunshine. It’s also the perfect time to prep yourself for summer. By this we mean, starting to cook with lighter, fresher and more vibrant foods.

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How wonderful is spring?

We definitely love it so we thought what a better way of celebrating then introducing a new spring salad every week to share with you all. Salads make up about 2 to 3 of our meals everyday, so you know, we kind of know how to make a bloody good one. 

This recipe is a staple in our diet as we make it on a regular basis. Salmon is one of our favourite foods, and who doesn’t love green veggies?  Oh and cheese is also a winner.

Make this salad and enjoy it with your family outside in the sunshine. We would absolutely love to hear any feedback from you so please don’t be a stranger!

Ingredients 

*Try to opt for organic vegetables if possible. Spring is for detoxing the system so reducing your chemical intake is ideal. 

– 1 broccoli head (and stem)

– 2 handfuls of brussel sprouts

– 1 cup of frozen peas

– 1 leek

– 1 zucchini (ribbons)

– 1/2 an avocado

– 2 Atlantic Salmon fillets with the skin on

– 2 slices of cheddar cheese (optional)

– 1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar

– 1 Lemon

– 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil

– 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

– Pepper and salt to taste

Method

1. Thoroughly wash all vegetables before roughly chopping. Chop all vegetables except the zucchini as you will need to use a peeler to obtain the ‘ribbon effect’.

2. Once vegetables are prepared, heat your coconut oil in a wok and sauté the leek until slightly brown and tender. Meanwhile, squeeze half of your lemon onto the salmon with a pinch of salt and pepper.

3. Once leek is ready, add the remaining vegetables with a dash of water and apple cider vinegar (sauté for a maximum of five minutes as green vegetables should not be cooked for too long as they loose their nutritional value)

4. As your vegetables are cooking, heat up a another pan with some coconut oil for your salmon fillets. Salmon should take about 4 minutes each side depending on how you like it.

5. Once the fish and vegetables are cooked, distribute the greens onto two plates. Top with the salmon, avocado and the cheddar.

6. Finally, a dash of olive oil, some pepper, a tad of apple cider vinegar and parsley (if you have it) will top this dish off perfectly.

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

 

Cauliflower Couscous with Lentils and Spiced Quark

Winter Warmer Series 

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Ingredients: Serves two as a main with leftovers!

– 1/2 a head of organic cauliflower

– 1 head of organic broccoli

– 1/2 a cup of organic peas

– Four stems of organic black kale

– 1 cup of organic lentils

– 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

– 1 teaspoon of cumin

– 1 teaspoon of turmeric

– 1 tablespoon of raw buckwheat

– Spiced Quark (refer below for recipe)


Method:

1) Wash hands and vegetables

2) Place one cup of lentils with three cups of water in a saucepan and bring to boil. Once boiling, turn down heat and allow lentils to simmer with lid on. Keep an eye on the lentils, adding small dashes of water if needed

3) Meanwhile, break apart the cauliflower and place into a food processor. You want the cauliflower to resemble ‘rice’

4) In a large saucepan or wok place the cauliflower with a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of turmeric. Sauté the cauliflower for a few minutes and then turn down the heat and place the lid on

4) Cut up the kale leaves into smaller segments (also cutting and using the stems – no wasting food!) and break apart broccoli head

5) In another large saucepan or wok with one teaspoon of coconut oil, sauté the kale with the broccoli and peas. We like to salute our greens with bone broth that we pre make and leave in the freezer. Adding a dash of water will also work. Sauté for a few minutes then turn down the heat and place the lid on

6) In a small pan, lightly toast the raw buckwheat until golden

7) Grab a large mixing bowl. Combine 1 cup of cauliflower rice, the sautéed greens and around 2/3 cup of lentils. Mix all ingredients well. Feel free to add more cauliflower rice or lentils if you wish, there will be leftovers in the pan!

8) Place onto two plates and top each with one generous tablespoon of spiced quark and one teaspoon of toasted buckwheat!

Enjoy!

M + S


Spiced Quark 

You can buy Quark at any grocer or healthful store. We use biodynamic/organic Swiss style cottage cheese quark from B.-d.Farm Paris Creek

– 2 heaped tablespoons of cottage cheese quark

– A pinch of pepper and himalayan salt

– 1 teaspoon of ground cumin

– 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric

– 1 teaspoon of organic tahini

– Water (this will depend on the consistency you want – we added around 3 tablespoons)

– In a small mixing bowl, combine spices with quark and mix gently

Our Green Smoothie

Our Green Smoothie a day will definitely keep the doctor away!

Green smoothies are a relatively new addition to our morning routine. We use to be quite skeptical about the benefits of consuming liquid greens on a daily basis as in our minds we didn’t find it necessary to consume added veggies if you were already eating a balanced diet. Although still agreeing with this point to an extend, the last couple of months however, things have changed. In an attempt to up our intake of nutrients to fight uni induced fatigue, as well as other health complications, we have welcomed a green smoothie into our daily routine.

And we couldn’t be happier about it.

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Now a day doesn’t go by in which we have to have our greens. Increased energy, clearer skin, and softer hair are a few of the benefits that we’ve noticed since adding in a smoothie. Another plus also including the fact that if we happen to not fit in our daily 5 veg at meal times, at least we’ve gulped down our greens to compensate (smart hey!)

After much negotiation, we’ve come to the conclusion that for us, greens sit well as a morning tea snack, rather than with breakfast (or as breakfast). Some people love a smoothie first thing but we tend to eat a fair amount in the mornings, focusing on a balanced spread of savoury and nutrient dense food – Organic oat sourdough with avocado, poached eggs and tomato plus organic coffee would be a staple for us. So with a relatively large breakfast, a smoothie is welcomed a little later in our day.

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Anyway the point of this post is EAT YOUR GREENS. You’ll feels more energised and your skin, eyes and digestive tract we definitely thank you for it.

Serves Two

*We try to only use organic ingredients in our smoothies

– 2 cups of spinach

– 4 large leaves of kale or 2 cups

– 1/2-1  zucchini (this is optional but we do find that the zucchini thickens the smoothie, giving it a richer consistency)

– 1 frozen banana

– 1 1/2 tsp of chia seeds.

– Generous knob of ginger

– Squeeze of lemon (optional)

– A few drops of liquid stevia (if you’re not worried about fructose, you could add in a couple of dates as an alternative)

– 1 cup of coconut water

– A little extra water or ice

M + S xx

Mum’s Magnificent Muffins

Savoury Muffins by our lovely Mother 

We love you mum


Our lovely mother had us all set for snacks over the busy exam period and end of semester. Being able to devour a savoury muffin for morning tea or an afternoon – pick-me-up was what got us through study and folio finals.

As we’re not much sweet tooth’s, these savoury muffins are perfect for any meal/time of the day. We had them for breakfast, lunch, snacks or as a side to a winter soup.

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Chives 

– 2 organic eggs

– 2 cups of lactose free milk

– 1 cup of roasted sweet potato

– 1/2 a cup of sun dried tomatoes

– 1/2 a cup of roasted capsicum

– 200 grams of feta

– 1 cup of organic white spelt flour

– 1 cup of organic wholemeal spelt flour

– 1/4 a cup of organic corn flour

– 1/2 a teaspoon of bicarb soda

– 2 teaspoons of baking soda

– 1/4 a cup of grape seed oil

– pinch of chilli flakes

– 1/2 a cup of chives

– 1/4 of a teaspoon of himalayan salt and pepper

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Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius

2) Chop up the sweet potato and roast them in the oven for around 35-40 minutes (until you can easily place a knife through)

3) In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, grape seed oil, bicarb soda, baking powder, salt, pepper and chilli flakes

4) Finely chop the semi dried tomatoes, roasted capsicum and chives

5) Add these ingredients to the egg/milk mixture

6) Stir in feta and the roasted sweet potato to the mixture (you do not need to mash the sweet potato prior)

7) Add all the flour and carefully mix all ingredients together

8) Grease with coconut oil a 12 hole muffin tin (medium-large sized muffins)

9) Bake for 35-40 minutes!


Caramelised Leek and Feta 

– 2 organic eggs

– 2 cups of lactose free milk

– 2 cups of organic caramelised leek

– 300 grams of organic feta

– 1 cup of organic white spelt flour

– 1 cup of organic wholemeal spelt flour

– 1/4 a cup of organic corn flour

– 1/2 a teaspoon of bicarb soda

– 2 teaspoons of baking soda

– 1/4 a cup of grape seed oil

– pinch of chilli flakes

– 1/4 of a teaspoon of himalayan salt and pepper

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Method/ingredients for caramelising the leeks

1) 2-3 leeks (depending on size) need to be halved and thinly sliced

2) To a pan add, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 20 grams of butter

3) Add the leek to the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes or until golden

4) Add 1 tablespoon of water, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

5) Saute for 1-2 minutes

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Muffin Method 

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius

2) In a large bowl mix the oil, eggs, milk, bicarb soda, baking powder, salt, pepper and chill flakes

3) Add the caramelised leek and the feta a stir gently

4) Add the flour and stir gently… again

5) Grease with coconut oil a 12 hole muffin tin (medium-large sized muffins)

6) Bake for 35-40 minutes!

Love M + S

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