I love taking inspiration from other peoples recipes. This one comes from a friend who made roasted pumpkin salad to be served with our Christmas lunch. She used pine nuts and greek feta where I’m using pepitas and Persian feta but essentially this is the […]
These Thai style fish cakes can be made with salmon (like I’ve done here) or your favourite white fish. Ocean trout is also really yummy. I like these as a light lunch or starter but you can also serve with rice and steamed greens to […]
Traditional risotto is awesome but not something I make very often. All that stirring! I have other things I need to be getting with. My Barley Risotto (known as Orzotto) with Chicken and Mushrooms is a great alternative. It is higher in fibre and lower in calories than risotto rice and doesn’t require loads of butter or cheese to make it taste delicious. Barley Risotto is also a lot simpler to cook.
It may be summer here in Melbourne but the last few days has seen a cool spell which has made me crave a nice hearty soup. I find roasted sweet potato soup is a yummy alternative to my usual pumpkin soup. For an added change […]
I know I bang on about how easy & delicious most of my recipes are, but seriously, the flavour vs effort ratio for these lamb meatballs is incredible. With only a few ingredients you have yourself a yummy snack, starter or even a main meal. […]
My freekeh lentil and herb salad is inspired from the delicious Cypriot grain salad I was lucky enough to try on New Years eve. This version is very much simplified but easy enough to make at home.
I need to acknowledge the fact that I have been offline for a few weeks. I have a good excuse I promise! Gerry & I finally tied the knot last week (yay!!) and between preparation for the wedding and hosting Christmas day I decided I needed to have a little break from the blog. Having said that I managed to write out 8 recipes yesterday….I have definitely missed it!!
Although I hadn’t cooked freekeh before, I have heard lots of great things about it. I can safely say it is all true, easy to cook and very tasty. I think the biggest problem I’m having with it is the spelling, if you do come across “freaked” in any part of this post we can thank my auto-correct. My other problem was pronunciation, the nice lady in the health food store tells me “freak-a” is correct.
The story behind me ordering the Cypriot salad is an interesting one, we were actually booked into a local Italian restaurant for our New Years eve dinner with family and friends. Unfortunately the service was so appallingly bad we decided to leave prior to ordering our meals. In a happy twist of fate we all went home together and ordered Uber Eats from a well known Greek restaurant in northern Melbourne. Thankfully I have now been properly introduced to freekeh and my Freekeh, Lentil and Herb salad is born.
This makes a great lunch, dinner or side. As usual I have written the recipe for 1 serving, use the calculator in the recipe panel to work out how much you need for more servings.
When I went shopping I struggled to find freekeh, the only option I had was this mix of freekeh, lentils and beans. It is actually perfect for this salad. You can use what ever mix suits you, just plain freekeh & puy lentils is what I was planning to use but feel free to change it up.