An Easy Salad

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today’s recipe is a nice and easy salad, perfect for a light lunch or as a side with your dinner. In the photo you can see that I ate the salad with Potato and Kale Fritters (another recipe I will be posting soon). I like this salad because it is random and uses a basic range of ingredients that aren’t too expensive. I think the taste would suit most people but feel free to play around with the ingredients and use orange juice and zest, walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds or shallots.

A’s Salad – you can decide how much of each ingredient you want to use depending on how many people are eating it. I made this as one portion.

Ingredients

Small handful of raisins – soaked in orange juice

50g brown rice

1 tbsp pine nuts – toasted

Handful of lettuce – shredded

Few slices of red onion

Zest of 1/2 an orange

1 tbsp orange juice

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method

  • Put the raisins to soak in orange juice overnight.
  • Rinse and cook the rice, I like to use salt, thyme and butter but you can make it plain if preferred.
  • Toast the pine nuts and set aside. Wash the lettuce, shred it finely and leave to fully dry. Finely slice the onion and set aside.
  • Zest the orange and put in a bowl with the pine nuts, lettuce and onion.
  • Make a super basic vinaigrette using 1 tbsp of orange juice, 2 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Once the rice is cooked, mix in the with salad, add the raisins and drizzle the vinaigrette over the top.

Let me know if you make this salad or what your favourite salad recipes are!

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Fruit, Nut & Chocolate Biscuits

I feel like it’s been really quite on my blog recently, regardless of that 😛 I still have great posts to share with the WordPress world.

These biscuits are mini circles of goodness, which everyone will enjoy 😉 it’s one of those random recipes where I just throw lots of my favourite things together and it turned out pretty well, kind of like a shortbread texture but with chocolate, flaked almonds and raisins.

Makes: 24
*you will need small 4cm biscuit cutters and a rolling pin*

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INGREDIENTS
30g toasted, flaked almonds
115g plain flour (extra for rolling out the dough)
30g cornflour
Pinch of salt
35g castor sugar
105g butter
50g raisins
50g milk chocolate, broken in chunks

METHOD

1. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

2. Weigh out the ingredients into a large bowl first using a wooden spoon to combine, then use your hands to form a dough.

3. Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for 20 minutes. In the meantime preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and sprinkle some flour over the surface and on the rolling pin.

4. Take the dough from the fridge and roll out to 1cm thick then using your cutter press through the dough (it might be slightly difficult pressing through the chocolate and raisins) space the dough circles onto each tray.

5. Bake in the oven for 25-30 mins until golden at the edges. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 mins before placing on a cooling rack to fully cool down.

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       Sprinkle with icing sugar!!

Shortbread Slab

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A quick recipe today!

Ingredients
175g butter
75g castor sugar
225g plain flour
30g raisins

Method
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 3 and line a small tray with parchment paper.

2. Using a wooden spoon cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Sift in the flour and add the raisins, combine the mixture until smooth (do not knead) now you can roll out the dough.

3. Roll out to the thickness of 1cm and place onto the baking tray. (You can prick it with a fork now) and bake for 30- 40 minutes until golden.

4. Once baked sprinkle with extra sugar, break off and enjoy 😛