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butter lettuce cups + healthy homemade minty-salty croutons

butter lettuce cups + healthy homemade minty-salty croutons

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{build me up buttercup}
“build me up buttercup” is that fabulous pop song from way back in the sixties. Hearing this catchy track the other day gave me the inspiration for this dish – a lettuce cup salad that is light and fresh and just in time for summer. So there I was toes tapping, barefoot in the kitchen, singing out loud to my little wispy cups of butter lettuce.

{simplicity}
The simplicity of the dish is amazing yet the taste seems to linger like the last rays of sunshine in your mouth. The ingredients apple, mint, blue cheese, minted mayo and croutons combine into something so appealing to the senses and it will delight the most discerning guests.

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{homemade healthy minty-salty croutons}
I opted to make a more healthier version of the crouton (if this is remotely possible… :-)) … healthier as I chose to use olive oil and then rather than deep fry the bread in oil, I dry fried these crispy nibbles.

{crouton technique}
I have to say, the technique in making the croutons is both simple and fantastic. You add some olive oil and flavouring into a plastic bag, add the blocks of bread and shake the bag till all the croutons are coated. You then dry fry them in a non stick pan.

{serve}
Serve these little cups on individual spoons at a cocktail function or on a big dish for your summer lunch. What is great is the fact that people can fold these “lettuce cups over” to become something of a lettuce wrap. Happy summer everyone!

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butter lettuce cups + healthy homemade minty-salty croutons
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • Salad
  • 1 packet butter lettuce
  • 1 green apple, sliced (you can slice it any which way you like)
  • 50g blue cheese, crumbled
  • 50g roasted cashew nuts
  • 1 cup homemade croutons
  • Homemade croutons
  • 2 slices of bread, cut into small blocks – keep the crusts on (+/- 2 cups)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • large pinch of salt
  • 1 plastic bag
  • Salad dressing
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp water
Instructions
  1. Croutons - Add the oil, mint and salt to the bag. Then add you croutons. Shake the bag till all the croutons are coated in both mint and olive oil.
  2. Heat up a non-stick frying pan to medium heat. Add the croutons to the pan and dry fry until golden brown. Remember to shake the pan when frying the croutons so that the croutons fry on all sides.
  3. Salad dressing - Mix all ingredients together.
  4. To assemble - Take a lettuce cup, add your ingredients inside the cup and sprinkle with salad dressing. Serve immediately.

scooped melon salad with wild rocket + mint + honey mustard vinaigrette

scooped melon salad with wild rocket + mint + honey mustard vinaigrette

melon, rocket, mint and mustard vinaigrette

Melons are just amazing this time of the year and it’s such a versatile fruit that goes with salt, sweet and pepper. They are extremely beneficial to your health so simply make a point to stock up more often on this tasty treats.

Today, I just scooped out a sweet melon with an ice cream scoop and served it with a peppery rocket, a bit of mint and a mustard vinaigrette – these additions just enhance and bring out the already summer fresh flavour of the melon. It is light, easy and absolutely delicious!

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Some Yellow and Orange Melon health benefits

1. Yellow and orange melons are packed with vitamins A, B-3, B-6 and C, potassium, dietary fiber and folate.
2. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A, which aids in healthy eyes, skin and mucous membranes.
3. These melons are Carotenoid-rich foods and may help reduce your risk of macular degeneration, cancer and heart disease.
4. Carotenoids help strengthen the immune system.

source: health24 + livestrong

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scooped melon salad with wild rocket + mint + honey mustard vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 350g Melon
  • Wild Rocket
  • 5 Mint leaves – chiffonade
  • Mustard vinaigrette
  • 1T Honey
  • ½ T White wine vinegar
  • 1t Wholegrain mustard
Instructions
  1. Scoop the melon out with an ice cream scoop. Mix with rocket and mint.
  2. Mix all ingredients of dressing together and drizzle liberally over salad.

 

 

leaf salad with roasted tomatoes + parmesan shavings + passion fruit dressing

leaf salad with roasted tomatoes + parmesan shavings + passion fruit dressing

Easy Summer Salad with Passion Fruit Dressing

Summer is salad time. This is the most easiest salad but so packed with flavour because of the passion fruit dressing.  I find the passion fruit lifts everything and the combination with the balsamic does wonders to the simplest salad.

Easy Summer Salade with Passion Fruit Dressing

leaf salad with roasted tomatoes + parmesan shavings + passion fruit dressing
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For Salad
  • 1 Large packet of mixed salad leaves
  • 30g Parmesan shavings

  • For Roasted Tomatoes
  • 200g Baby tomatoes
  • 2T Olive Oil
  • Salt

  • For Dressing
  • 115g Passion Fruit Pulp
  • 1T Balsamic vinegar
  • ½T Olive oil
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. First preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Coat all the tomatoes in olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  2. For the salad dressing, mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Put all the salad ingredients into a bowl and drizzle liberally with the passion fruit and balsamic dressing.

 

 

warm beef + vegetable salad = an exotic-asian-love-story with its beauty in a lotus root

warm beef + vegetable salad = an exotic-asian-love-story with its beauty in a lotus root

warm beef + vegetable salad=an exotic-asian-love-story with its beauty in a lotus root

I love to taste things and to eat things that I have never tasted or eaten before so when I was asked to take part in the Crush Findus Wok Challenge with an exotic veggie stir fry packet that contains ingredients like lotus root + green garlic + water chestnuts, I jumped at the opportunity.  It was like opening a veggie lucky packet of mysterious ingredients!  The best discovery was the delicious and crunchy +  mildly sweet lotus root … well I fell in love with this curious vegetable.  It was this perfect, beautifully white root with big wholes that jumped onto my plate.  It immediately brought a smile to my face.  It is little wonder that the lotus flower is adored and admired by so many.

Within the Buddhist religion… of which I am an ardent follower… the lotus flower is well known to me and so revered by other believers.  Buddha is often represented on a pink lotus and within the rich symbolism of the Buddhist philosophy the lotus represents purity of the body, speech and mind and symbolises faithfulness.warm beef + vegetable salad=an exotic-asian-love-story with its beauty in a lotus root

So you, little lotus root are more than just a thing of beauty.  I have read that you are high in dietary fibre, are   considered a good food source for energy and as you are high in carbohydrates and low in fat and protein, you make a remarkably healthy food choice.  I found out too that you can strengthen my spleen, promote the activities of my stomach and assist with tissue re-generation – thank you lovely one – and like me you also love soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger. No wonder I fell in love with you. You are my new food muse.  I decided to make a warm beef and vegetable salad with my exotic vegetable pack. You must just try this – it’s fresh, crunchy, easy and delicious.

warm beef + vegetable salad=an exotic-asian-love-story with its beauty in a lotus root

warm beef + vegetable salad=an exotic-asian-love-story with its beauty in a lotus root

If you like my recipe, please go to Crush and vote for my exotic-asian-love-story with its beauty in a lotus root.

 

warm beef + vegetable salad = an exotic-asian-love-story with its beauty in a lotus root
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Fillet
  • 300g Fillet steak
  • 1T Oil for frying
  • Salt for seasoning
  • Pepper for seasoning
  • Wasabi Mayonnaise
  • 3T Japanese sushi mayonnaise
  • ¼ - ½ t Wasabi paste
  • Dressing
  • 1½ t Ginger - grated
  • 1t Garlic - grated
  • 125ml Soya sauce
  • 1½ T Fresh lemon juice
  • ½ Chopped chilli (optional)
  • 2T Water
  • Vegetables
  • 500g Packet Findus Wok Chinese (1 Pack)
  • 1T Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Firstly make your dressing – just mix all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Then make the wasabi mayonnaise by stirring the mayonnaise and wasabi past together.
  3. Season the steak and fry to your taste. I like medium rare for this salad. Let it rest. I like to fry the meat in a separate pan – I do not want the flavours of the meat to be infused into the veggies when cooking – it detracts from the stark freshness and crispiness of the veggies.
  4. While the beef is resting – add oil to your wok and stir fry the veggies as per the instruction on the pack. Don’t add any seasoning or flavouring at this stage. The flavouring is in the dressing that we are going to pour over the veggies – almost like a salad dressing of sorts.
  5. To serve: Slice the beef into thin slices and place these on a plate, dress each piece with a bit of the dressing. Now add the veggies on top. Sprinkle generously with the dressing. Now add a few dollops of the wasabi mayonnaise here and there over the dish.. If you want you can also sprinkle with a few sesame seeds.