Showing posts from April, 2017

Brown rice and quinoa salad

After a few work lunches at Jack Greens I fell in love with brown rice in salad. The nuttiness and slightly chewy texture, makes brown rice a perfect addition to any salad. So when my health-conscious cousin came over for dinner one night, I decided to give it a go. The rice and quinoa combined with hearty vegetables, adds great depth to the dish and makes it a complete meal. The yoghurt dressing cuts through the richness and natural sweetness of the corn and pumpkin, adding some needed tang. Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa and brown rice cooked 1 zucchini ½ jap pumpkin Olive oil 100g baby spinach 1 tomato 1 corn on cob 4 tablespoons yoghurt ½ lime juice 1 tablespoon chopped coriander 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1 small red chili without seeds ½ garlic clove ½ teaspoon honey Salt and pepper   Method: Preheat oven to 220 fan forced Cut up pumpkin into 1.5cm pieces and mix with olive oil, salt and pepper Cook pumpkin until cooked through, approximat

Easter baking - Greek yoghurt sugar cookies

Red dyed eggs, assorted shaped cookies and syrup soaked cake combined with church, candles and family make up the ingredients of my perfect Easter. Growing up Easter was about fasting (no meat for a few weeks, I could never do 40 days, a few of those days no diary and then even fewer days of no olive oil) going to church and red egg fights. There would be red egg shells found around the house for days after our egg wars, which involves hitting the end of each other’s egg until one cracks. From there the person with the clean egg tries to crack the other end of the opponent’s egg. This continues until one person is victorious and their egg is left unscathed – giving them good luck for the year. Then to top our Easter off, we exchange plates of cookies and cakes among family and every year I love adding something new and interesting to my plates. This year I wanted to produce something bright – so a yoghurt sugar cookie iced with royal icing was the obviou