Showing posts with label avocado. Show all posts
Showing posts with label avocado. Show all posts

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mexican inspired Quinoa Salad served with Avocado

☆ Cook a cup full of quinoa in chicken or vegetable stock as instructed on the packaging and set aside to cool in a large bowl.
☆ In a small amount of olive oil fry until slightly blackened the kernels from 2 cobs of corn and again set aside to cool.
☆ In the same pan with a touch more olive oil fry until softened, about 5 minutes, a finely diced red onion. Add to this a teaspoon each of paprika, coriander powder and cumin powder and fry for about one minute until fragrant. Set aside to cool.
☆ Dice a mango and half a bunch of fresh coriander ... I have used mint on this occasion as I had no coriander. 
☆ When everything has cooled down combine all of the ingredients into the large bowl of quinoa finally adding the juice of a fresh lime.
☆ Serve this salad with quartered avocado and enjoy a light sustaining lunch time meal on its own or as a side with any choice of meat for an evening meal. You are limited only by imagination.        :) 


Friday, April 13, 2012

Sweet Potato and Avocado Salad - Pan fried Snapper

Sweet Potato and Avocado Salad
I love the creaminess of this salad as an accompaniment to fish, however you could put it with anything.
Prepare the salad in advance so that the meal is ready to serve as soon as the fish is cooked.
  • Dice some Feta cheese and cover this with a vegetable oil and pop in a tablespoon of fennel seeds and 1/2 tablespoon of whole black peppercorns... if you do this the day before this infused oil can be used in your dressing, a truly stunning flavour... I love it and always have infused feta in my fridge on hand... trust me you will wonder how you ever survived without these little seeds in your life before.
  • Dice your sweet potato and coat in a little olive oil and bake in a 180 oven until just cooked, then cool.
  • Chunky dice a couple of avocado and toss them in a little lime/lemon juice.
  • Wash and dry some mixed salad leaves and a large handful of coriander leaves.
  • Dressing: Whisk together 1 egg yolk, 2/3 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh ginger, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of a seed mustard and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar ... add to this while whisking about 125 grams of an infused oil of some kind such as avocado oil or try making your own as suggested above... 
  • Layer some mixed salad leaves on a platter top with cooled sweet potato, feta, avocado and coriander leaves. Drizzle with dressing and continue to layer.
Pan Fried Snapper
This is my favourite way to prepare fish... everyone in the family will enjoy this especially the kids... not batter so much better for you... shhh! don't tell them it's good for them and they will eat it. 
Quality white fish is essential preferably fresh and not having already been frozen... this is a quick, shallow fry method for cooking fish and in my opinion is best when eaten immediately cooked and straight from the pan.
  • Pat dry your fish with paper towel and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Lightly coat in cornflour and then in a lightly beaten egg... one of my dad's favourite ways... gives a really light batter look which pan fries to a wonderful golden colour... it's that simple so don't be tempted to complicate the process.
  • A minute or two of cooking on either side until "just" cooked through... always remember that the cooking process continues during the resting time between pan and plate.