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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.
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mango + marigold salad with pineapple ginger dressing = painting a fitting tribute to the colour yellow

mango + marigold salad with pineapple ginger dressing = painting a fitting tribute to the colour yellow

 

yellow summer salad, marigold salad

# mango + marigold salad

Marigold Salad – Being the end of year I thought it would be fitting to look back and pay tribute to the fashion colour of 2012 – yellow! Trendsetters and futurists announced some 16 months back that yellow was the new gold…and so it was…rays of sunshine yellow in all manners and forms seemed to permeate many aspects of my life in 2012 – bringing warmth, happiness and vibrancy. It is definitely the colour of life and most undoubtedly changed the fashion scene in 2012.

yellow summer salad, marigold salad

# mango + marigold

About two months ago I attended a garden workshop by Matt Allison at the Secret Festival and he inspired me to relook my herb and veggie garden and to add lovely marigolds to it. It is incredible … these Marigolds have brought dollops of rich hues to my back yard. A few weeks later, I had enough freshly grown salad leaves and aromatic herbs to feed my hubby and my housekeeper’s whole family. What a joy.

I made a summery marigold salad today and to complement the luscious leafy, freshly picked salad I made a pineapple and ginger dressing. Wow, so healthy, so fresh, so yellow and summery. Enjoy!

yellow summer salad, marigold salad

# mango + marigold + corn + sunflower seed

yellow summer salad

# this pretty bug I found in my bed of leaves inspired me to add some pomegranates for fun

marigold salad

# pomegranates for fun

marigold salad

# my herb + veggie garden

mango + marigold salad with pineapple ginger dressing = painting a fitting tribute to the colour yellow
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Rocket leaves
  • Basil leaves
  • Marigold flowers
  • Cos leaves
  • Mango slices
  • Pineapple slice
  • Yellow patty pans sliced
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cooked fresh corn
  • Pineapple + ginger dressing
  • 100g Fresh pineapple
  • 1t Olive oil
  • 62.5ml White vinegar
  • 125ml Honey
  • ½t Freshly grated ginger
  • 1 Mint leave chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • Lemon zest of half a small lemon
Instructions
  1. For Dressing - Fry the pineapple in the oil for about two minutes.
  2. Add the vinegar + honey + ginger + mint + salt and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Lastly add the lemon zest - let it cool down and serve with salad.
  4. For salad - mix ingredients together and serve with dressing.

 

 

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strawberry carpaccio salad = christmas on a plate

strawberry carpaccio salad = christmas on a plate

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Strawberry Carpaccio Salad, with goats cheese, pink peppercorns

I am so excited, its Christmas time again! It is a time of happiness and joy, family and friends and it is a chance to experiment with all the wonderful Christmas foodie thingies… Too often people say that Christmas is just too busy with all the preparations, the decorations, the cooking and the sweating but it is not. Folks, Christmas does not have to be complicated. Just keep things simple, vibrant and flavourful and you can’t go wrong…

My mom always says that we eat far too much over the festive season particularly on Christmas Day … with the roast turkey, the smoked gammon or ham, leg of lamb and every other meat variety under the sun. She actually banned the glazed gammon from the Christmas table this year …but Christmas for me without gammon is like Christmas without turkey or Father Christmas arriving without presents! So I have decided to disguise my “gammon” (I used Black Forest Ham) in a lovely fresh summer salad.

In this recipe, perhaps the most important part of this salad is the dressing. You can have the most beautiful ingredients but if the dressing is dull the salad is dull. Many people just do not pay enough attention to their salad dressing and it is kind of like the angel on top of the Christmas tree.

The salad dressing I have mixed-up today includes orange blossom honey and rose syrup. Both of these flavours compliment the strawberries and the rose syrup lingers in your mouth for a while, causing the brain to be almost spirited off to another country in an instant – perhaps Arabia, India or Morocco …

Adding the little pink peppercorns just lifts the whole dish into another dimension and just one little bite sets the Christmas bells ringing.  Happy Christmas cooking!

Strawberry Carpaccio Salad with goats cheese and pink peppercorns

strawberry carpaccio salad with goats cheese and pink peppercorns

strawberry carpaccio = christmas on a plate
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • For salad
  • 200g Strawberries – finely sliced
  • 100g Black Forrest ham
  • Curly lettuce
  • 10 Cherries - fresh (optional)
  • For goats’ cheese crostinis
  • 100g Goats cheese – plain
  • 30g Cranberries - dried
  • 1 Basil leave – big – chiffonade the basil leaf
  • Melba toasts or crostinis – 3 per person
  • Pink peppercorns
  • For Balsamic Glaze
  • 125ml Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2T Honey – Orange Blossom
  • ½t Rose syrup
  • 2T Water
  • 5 Pink peppercorns – crushed
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. For balsamic glaze - Put all ingredients in little pot and boil for 8-10 min over medium heat. Remove from stove and allow to cool down.
  2. For goats’ cheese crostinis - Mix the goats cheese + dried cranberries + basil together. Smear the goat and cranberry spread over each of the little toasts. Carefully place 2-3 pink peppercorns onto each crostini.
  3. To serve - Arrange the sliced strawberries on the bottom of the plate. Drizzle with a bit of balsamic glaze. Place a few salad leaves over the top. Add the goats’ cheese crostinis + ham + cherries + and extra peppercorns. Drizzle with more balsamic glaze and serve

 

 

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