Salad – quail eggs, fresh figs, mozzarella and tomatoes

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There is something so delicious about fresh figs in a salad. Quail eggs are little powerhouse packets of goodness – I am so lucky to have my own hardworking ladies.

I served this salad on a gluten free wrap  and added shredded cabbage, onion and carrots- once rolled was difficult to eat but well worth the challenge!

Avocado salsa

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Ingredients:

1 avocado  – cut in to cubes

1 papaya peeled – deseeded and cut in to cubes

1 small red onion  – chopped in to small pieces

Handful of fresh coriander – roughly chopped

2 red chillies  – deseeded and cut in to small pieces

Juice of 1 lemon and lime

Method:

Put all ingredients in to a bowl and mix gently

 

Sprouting

In the 70’s and 80’s it was trendy to have various pulses sprouting in jars around the house. I remember having jars of alfalfa and mung beans everywhere…along with the obligatory mustard and cress on cotton wool – slightly yellowing and curled at the edges. I did this because ‘everyone else’ did. I did enjoy them but the ‘fad’ soon ended.

Now, all these years on, once again I have jars with sprouting pulses in cupboards and in dark corners.  This time however, I do it not only because I enjoy eating them but also because I know the health benefits that eating them brings.

I know that soaking and sprouting de-activates the acids and enzyme inhibitors present in the pulses preventing them from growing until the conditions are favourable. This de-activation then enables our bodies to digest and absorb the vitamins and minerals more readily.

Now I sprout a wide variety of legumes – lentils, chickpeas, quinoa and (of course my old favourite) mung beans,  to name few.

                                  Green lentil                    Quinoa                              Mung bean

I’m yet to try chia seeds – I’m sure they will but am just not sure how to as when they are soaked they get a mucilaginous coating. Any advice?

Baked avocado and feta cheese salad

I find avocado so versatile.This salad is so easy to prepare.

Ingredients: avocado, eggs, green leaves – rocket, watercress, spinach etc, and salad vegetables of your choice and feta cheese.

Method:

Cut an avocado in half and remove the stone. Crack an egg into each half – I used quail eggs. Pop  in the oven to bake until the egg is the desired consistency. Prepare the salad base and top with the baked avocado/egg.

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Watercress, tomatoes, pomegranate seeds and feta cheese was the base salad here