In 2013 I was asked to cater for the wedding of Sarah and Jo. All the weddings that I have catered are memorable and I feel grateful for the opportunity to have been part of their special day. Sarah and Jo’s wedding I remember so well as I was amazed at how relaxed and surrendered they were about the catering.
In the last vegan foundation course Grace and Mark made a delicious salad with black bean kofta balls. They were a real treat. I had a left over eggplant from the course and decided to develop their recipe further by putting chopped walnuts and mashed eggplant in the koftas. It worked and they are lovely and crunchy but moist at the same time.
I’m back from my month in India. Totally refreshed and ready to start working again, so weekly recipes are back, Yahoo! What an incredible time I had away. I didn’t go travelling in India but spent the full month in the Osho International Meditation Resort and did a life transforming process called Osho Mystic Rose. I can highly recommend it. It was a process I’d been wanting to do for many years. I used to say if I died without doing Mystic Rose I would die with a big regret. Now I can happily say I can die peacefully with no regrets. However I am not planning on dying yet as I am excited to be taking all the insights I gained through Mystic Rose and being in the Osho International Meditation Resort into my daily life. In addition I have so many recipes I want to try out!
While I still see figs in the fruit and veg fridge at our local health food shop (Santos) I think I should quickly get this salad recipe out to you while the figs are still in season. This is a recipe I would never have thought of making so I am delighted it came my way. In the Vegan foundation Course the participants get to create their signature dish and Suzanne and Mike decided to try something they had never made before and that was this fruit filled and very tantalizing salad. It is certainly a treat indeed. If you can’t find figs then oranges and grapefruit would do or oranges and pears could work nicely too.
I ran out of time this week to write the blog I had planned so diverting a little to tell you about my story with cleansing. Who fasts here? Who goes on a cleanse? Who is like me and never fasted in their lives? I have to admit to you all that I don't believe in fasting, it's just not for me. I can easily get low blood sugar and low blood pressure so that's always been a great excuse for not fasting. I also feel that if I eat incredibly healthy the bulk of the time why would I need to fast.
How often do you eat salad? Is it just a summer time food for you or are you like me and need a salad no matter what the weather holds. I always have a salad every lunch even throughout winter and then something more cooked for dinner. However recently I have been enjoying these balmy summer nights eating a deliciously prepared salad. The other night we opted for a cooked salad with lots of protein. It’s not really a photogenic salad but it is delicious. Also packed with calcium and magnesium as collard greens boast a healthy supply of those two minerals.
Where I live it is starting to warm up and I love this time of the year. It is warm enough to eat salads every meal of every day which brings me great joy as salad is my favourite food. What I especially love during spring is salad with some cooked components and some raw ingredients too. As I sat writing this blog last Thursday I thought I would embark on sharing a vegan Nicoise recipe or a vegan version of a Caesar Salad recipe and started to write my shopping list when I thought hey hold it lets go see what is in my fridges (I have three for the business) and low and behold I found enough veggies to create a taste sensation.