Broccoli Salad


Maus and I have decided we don’t like frozen broccoli which is a bit of a problem¬†because there are several bags of it in the freezer – Oh well, more dog food. ūüôā

As a consequence, when I picked two huge broccoli heads last week, I was determined to find a use for it.  We made penne with broccoli and chorizo which lasted us two nights and then I found this salad.  It is from a great little ABC publication I use more than I thought I would, Homecooked Favourite Recipes from Australian Kitchens.   It was out and about because I was making one of my favourite biscuit recipes, gingernuts, from it.  I started flicking through its pages (as you do) and came across this recipe. Continue reading

Tuna and warm potato salad


It is summer-glut time and this year it is beans, beans and more beans.¬† I didn’t have many last year but, this year, it is beans galore and they all seem to have come¬†at once.¬† Off to Eat Your Books I went¬†and typed “beans”!¬† I wanted either a pasta dish or a salad.¬†¬†I¬†found quite a few recipes worth trying, including this one.¬† It was a¬†real jackpot.¬† It is¬†dead easy to make, a meal in itself and very tasty.¬† We have already had it twice this summer.

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Thai beef salad


I have been eating too much rich food¬†lately.¬† So much so,¬†when Maus asked me what I wanted for dinner the other night, I said ‘a salad’.¬† A salad was not possible that night¬†because we had just come back to Perth and we were¬†yet to go shopping –¬†I had peanut paste on toast instead. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬† But before¬†going to bed, I went into the the study to run my eyes over my cookbooks.¬† They landed on the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.¬† Gee, I must have felt weighed down! Continue reading

Baby spinach salad with dates & almonds


I know I am going through an Ottolenghi stage (and there is more to come) but¬†don’t worry, it won’t last.¬† I go through stages all the time.¬†¬†This is the salad recipe I have been wanting to post for ages.¬† At first I didn’t like the photo, then I thought, “Too much Ottolenghi”¬†¬†and then I thought, “What the hell!”¬† This is a great salad, light and simple: just as a salad should be.¬† I have made it three times in the last month so it¬†must be good. Continue reading

Multi-grain salad


It’s¬†OK going through a stage when you get to eat yummy food like this.¬† I spotted this recipe in this month’s Cuisine Magazine (Issue 166 September 2014).¬† It fitted the bill nicely – whole grains, nuts, ¬†seeds, and green vegetable – how good is that? …and it tasted great.¬†¬†Even Maus, who is not a big eater, went back for seconds. Continue reading

Marinated Lamb with Carrot Tabouleh



Dinner tonight was healthy, quick and simple to make and very tasty.

The main ingredient in the salad (carrot) is chopped in a food processor so the salad takes no time to put together.  The lamb is cooked in a frying pan.  How simple is that? The recipe does call for whole spices but just use powdered spices if it is easier for you.  There will be no difference in the result. Continue reading

Prawn, Mango and Avocado Salad with Coconut Dressing


It is amazing how things turn out.¬† Little did I know when I wrote my very first post, ‘Passionfruit Syrup’, that it would turn out to be my most popular.¬† Nor did I know, a post on a¬†very simple salad,¬† ‘Prawn, Mango and Avocado Salad‘, would be my second most popular.¬† (For the curious: my third most popular is ‘International Scone Week 2012’.¬† I made pumpkin scones.) Continue reading