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Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Raw broccoli salad and other eats
At first I was so disenchanted with the salad that I added it to a peanut butter sandwich. It was very good. Then I added nutritional yeast flakes because it was just too sour with the lime. I think that helped. I perhaps should have added some of my Australian bush pepper spice mix. It remains hidden in the cupboard and I constantly forget about it.
I am trying to eat more vegetables at lunch time. I used to eat really well at lunchtimes at work before Sylvia was born. I thought the old habits would return once I was back at work but I haven't been able to be so organised. A little effort is required. I have been taking sticks of carrots, capsicum and cucumber to munch on. I find them pleasing. Now that Spring is here, I am seeking some easy salads I can take to work. I thought this might be one but the flavours needs some work. It was quite good to snack on during the afternoon rather than cake.
Citrus grape cake (pictured top) - Sylvia says that Dolly wants a grape cake for her birthday. Her wish is my command! (I even bought grapes out of season.) I looked up a citrus grape cake I had made years ago. Strangely enough it was the first cake I baked after Sylvia was born. Coincidence? This is a fantastic cake that I highly recommend if your doll wants you to bake with grapes.
Chickpea, potato and tomato stew - This has to be one of my favourite stews at the moment. I made it again tonight with green beans and split peas. I soaked the split peas but after 90 minutes of cooking they were still not softening. Perhaps I had a dud batch of dried split peas.
Mock tuna (chickpea) salad - A current favourite salad. It is so easy to make and has ingredients I usually have about. At this time of year I am far less likely to have spring onions and mayonnaise about but the salad is great without them. This is one of my salads I have earmarked as an easy one to make ahead and pack for lunch at work to help me eat more vegies.
Pasta with pesto and feta (pictured above) - not really a recipe. I meant to make the chickpea stew last night but ran out of time. Instead I made pasta with pesto, fried some onions, zucchini and cherry tomatoes and topped it all with feta. It would have been quick if I had noticed the gas burner going out under the pasta! D'oh!
Our favourite smoothie - Around the end of winter I lose interest in fresh fruit as I hold my breath waiting for summer fruit to appear. In lieu of fresh fruit, Sylvia and I have been drinking a lot of smoothies recently. Our favourite combination is stewed plums, frozen raspberries, banana, oats, chia seeds and soy milk.
That will do for now. If you are in Melbourne, I hope you are holding on to your hat in this wind. I could hear it howling around the house tonight. Winter isn't quite ready to let us go yet.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Baked beans - that recipe seems very familiar
Two years ago: Isabella's Cafe - lighthouse gourmet
Three years ago: Gravy Train Cafe - yummy yabbering in yarraville
Four years ago: In Search of the Green Smoothie
Raw broccoli salad
loosely adapted from The Taste Space
serves 1 (a generous helping)
1 head broccoli, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
1/2 red capsicum, finely chopped
handful of currants (or sultanas)
juice of 1 lime
drizzle of soy sauce (about 1/2 to 1 tsp)
drizzle of maple syrup (about 1/2 to 1 tsp)
good sprinkle of nutritional yeast flakes (about 1 tsp)
salt to taste
handful of sunflower seeds (toasted is optional)
On the Stereo:
Once Upon a Time in America (soundtrack) - Ennio Morricone