Monday, March 28, 2011

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. PUMPKIN SALAD

This delicious salad is courtesy of the amazing Sandy who runs Semillia's Kitchen, she runs cooking classes in Melbourne using whole organic foods, and also does catering, if you need some delicious food for a function.

Quinoa & pumpkin salad

Sign up for one of her cooking classes here and make this at home, it sensational...

1 1/2 cups of red or white quinoa

2 bay leaves

1/2 a small pumpkin, washed & sliced into wedges, golden nugget or Jap

2 handfuls of fresh parsley, roughly chopped

6 small potatoes, washed and sliced, about 5mm thick

2 red or green capsicum, thinly sliced

sea salt

freshly ground black peppercorns

1/4 cup roasted pepitas

1/2 cup roasted walnuts, roughly chopped

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed

1 teaspoon roasted coriander seeds, crushed

1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds, crushed

Preheat oven to 200. In a large deep baking tray combine the pumpkin, garlic and potato with crushed spices sea salt and olive oil. Bake until vegetables are caramelized, around 45 minutes. Meanwhile, place the quinoa with the bay leaves and 3 cups of water in a large pot. Cover, place pot over medium heat, bring to the boil then turn heat down to lowest setting and simmer until quinoa is well cooked, about 20 - 25 minutes. Turn heat off and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Combine quinoa in a large mixing bowl with the roasted vegetables, capsicum, parsley, walnuts, pepitas and vinegar. Taste, then add salt and pepper as desired. Serve.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Raw ORGANIC daikon Pickles

Using radish, chop off the ends, peel off the skin.
Slice the daikon into rounds.
Place on a plate and salt with himalyan sea salt, heavily. Sit for at least half an hour.
Then mix with some grated ginger, grated carrot and dress with apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
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Monday, March 7, 2011


4 organic golden nugget pumpkins - cut open at top and seeds removed

Cut the tops off and remove seeds, lightly oil the inside using extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake at 190 for 20 mins until the flesh is tender.

In the meantime combine

150 g organic baby spinach
100g organic cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 organic avocado, diced
100 g organic feta
1 chopped organic lebanese cucumber.

When the pumpkin is cool, take off lid and place salad mix between them. Put lid back on and serve 1 per person.