Recipe: Summer Salad

 
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When the weather gets warmer I prefer to eat more salads and sandwiches rather than warm, cooked food. At the moment one of my favourite recipes is "tomato-strawberry-salad". I know this combination sounds a little strange but I promise, it tastes lovely.

The sweetness of the strawberries and the nuttiness of the olive oil balance out the sharper flavour of the tomatoes.

Ingredients: (one portion)

- three big tomatoes

- eight strawberries

- 3 tbsp olive oil

- a dash of apple cider vinegar

- fresh basil to taste

- fresh mint to taste

 
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Slice the tomatoes and strawberries. Mix them with the olive oil and vinegar in a bowl.

Add the basil and mint. This is so simple and your taste buds will be very happy.

This tastes especially lovely with toasted sourdough bread. Enjoy!

Eat sushi in London

 
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If you like sushi and are living or visiting London, I have some restaurant ideas for you.

Ikeda is located in Mayfair and serves an exquisite, traditional cuisine. Their Instagram account as well as their food is a feast for your eyes. You can find Ikeda's menu here.

Sushi Atelier is a small restaurant on Great Portland Street offering modern sushi. You can follow them on Instagram and check out their menu here.

At Sticks'n'Sushi you can eat high quality food Japanese food in a relaxed atmosphere. I love their website design and you can have a look at their menu here. This restaurant has a great, up-to-date social media presence and you can find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I am a very visual person and I often search for a restaurant's social media presence before I eat out. Since we are also eating with our eyes, I am of course sharing Sticks'n'Sushi's Instagram account with you.

Kurobuta started out as a pop up restaurant and can now be found on Kings Road and Marble Arch. If you like innovative, delicious Japanese food, this is the place to dine for you. Kurobuta's menu is a feast for your stomach and their Instagram account a pleasure for your eyes.

Yama Momo is based in East Dulwich and has contemporary Japanese dishes with European influences on the menu. If you are a whiskey lover, you will definitely appreciate their wide range of Japanese whiskey on offer. You can find beautiful photos of Yama Momo's food and drinks on their Instagram account.

Food for thought: Bugs on the menu

A couple of years ago I watched a documentary about Asian street food focussing on edible insects and it was really an eye opener. Of course I knew already that eating insects is very common in many parts of the world but it is one thing to hear about it and another to see how insects are farmed and cooked.

In Europe and North America it is still seen as a cultural taboo. However there are companies who are trying to change this. On Instagram I recently came across the Swiss start-up Essento Food AG , which creates insect burgers among other products and supplies the supermarket Coop as well as several restaurants.

 
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The sustainability and nutritional value of insects is definitely an important factor as to why we should give eating them a serious thought in the long term. And who knows, maybe mealworm flour, crispy grasshoppers and insect burgers will soon be a common sight in our supermarket shelves.

Personally I have yet to try crickets and their friends in my food but I have to admit that I am intrigued. I might not start with chewy worms but maybe with a cricket. If you are "braver" than me and you fancy adding some of the tiny critters to your diet, you can purchase them from Eat Grub or Crunchy Critters for example.

There is a lot of investment in businesses selling time and convenience. Maybe the bug business should be one of them.

Broccoli Recipe

Yesterday I accidentally created a really tasty broccoli side dish. I had several pots on the hob and miscalculated the cooking time of the broccoli. Yes, it does happen sometimes. Naturally it was done before everything else, so I decided to make some sort of cold broccoli salad with it.

 
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Ingredients:

- broccoli

- sesame seeds

- chili flakes

- sesame seed oil

Wash the broccoli, divide into florets, leave as much stem as possible (we do no want to waste too much).

Boil the broccoli in salted water until al dente. Remove from the pot and rinse with cold water.

Drizzle with sesame seed oil, sesame seeds and chili flakes.