Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Watermelon and Beetroot Salad


This simple salad is perfect on a hot summers day, I made a simple dressing with a date vinegar I found in an Iraqi store, it is fun picking up new spices and condiments at international stores. 

Ingredients:

  • one small lemon cucumber these are fun and I can get from local farmers
  • a few pieces of mozzarella cheese
  • 2 small beetroots sliced (I have recently found this cooked in grocery stores making them an easy attention to salad) 
  • mixed lettuce a handful
  • a few cherry tomatoes 
  • 1/4 of a cup of chopped watermelon 
Method:

  1. simply arrange the salad ingredients on a plate and drizzle the dressing over the top.
for the dressing 

a dash of olive oil, 1 tablespoon date vinegar, salt and pepper and a little sugar. 




I thought I would share this picture of the kids getting their Tae Kwon Do black belts, (hubby already has his) despite the pandemic they studied daily and tested. Never give up!




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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Watermelon Slushie



This is quite simply summer in a glass, just blend watermelon with ice and you have a delicious and refreshing summer drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 of a watermelon chopped 
  • 1/2 a cup of ice
Method:

Simple chop melon and blend, enjoy.
garnish with an edible flower and a little melon.





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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Quinoa, Chickpea and Zucchini salad



This is a fun summer salad, easy to make, gluten free and nutritious. It is inspired by this Italian spelt and chickpea salad. This would be great to have on hand as a snack or as a packed lunch. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of cooked quinoa, I found a boil in the bag quinoa which I love as cooks faster in about 15 minutes
  • one zucchini chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic this can be omitted if on a low FODMAP meal plan.
  • a handful of chopped green beans 
  • one cup of chopped cherry tomatoes 
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of Italian herbs, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. 
  • one small carrot chopped
  • a can of chickpeas
  • 4 green onion tops 
Method:

  1. cook the quinoa and keep to one side 
  2. heat a little olive oil and add the green onion tips, I used this to be low FODMAP
  3. add the zucchini, green beans, carrot and sauté for about 7-10 minutes until soft
  4. add the herbs, chickpeas and salt and pepper to taste 
  5. remove from the heat and allow it to cool and mix in the quinoa.
  6. enjoy.



This meal is low FODMAP and gluten free, to learn more about the Dietary Management of IBS and the low FODMAP approach, click the link to see a recent blog post I wrote for my business blog, and if I can help you in any way drop me a line. 


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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Tropical Summer Salad



This summer salad is flavorful and simple and lets the bounty of summer shine. 
Simply combine watermelon, blueberries and blackberries with fresh coconut (I get mine from the Indian grocery store in the freezer section) add fresh mint and top with an edible flower like Nasturtium. 

Easy and delicious. 





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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Photo Series Swansboro NC




A few weeks ago we visited the Emerald Isle in North Carolina and we stopped in this tiny coastal village. It is just over the bridge from Emerald Island and close to a great place to rent kayaks and explore the barrier islands, namely Barrier Island Kayaks. 

It was peaceful and full of history it reminded me of cape cod. This brick building was impressive built with bricks from England in 1838 by the mid 1800s nearly 80% of naval stores (a distilled product from pine sap used for ship building) was supplied from this area, this was an impressive house in those days and today. 

Now the town has some gift shops, restaurants and a lovely little marina with chairs. It is also home to lots of ducks that act like they own the place! 




love the cape cod style siding. 




we thought this little shop was like a Western movie.


The ducks, maybe should have been swans!






If you even along the North Carolina coast I highly recommend a stroll around Swansboro its lovely,

Safe stay and well wonderful people. 

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