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!

Recipe: Cinnamon Noodles

When I was a child "Mohnnudeln" (poppy seed noodles) was one of my favourite foods. They are sweet, filling and can be eaten as main course or dessert.

Inspired by this classic Austrian dish, I created cinnamon noodles for you. A simple potato noodle recipe with a twist.

 
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Ingredients (for four portions):

- 500g potatoes

- 100g flour

- 50g butter

- 1 egg yolk

- a pinch of salt

- 50g caster sugar

- cinnamon

Boil the potatoes, peel and grate them. Put the grated potatoes in a bowl adding the flour, butter, salt and yolk.

Knead the ingredients. Roll out the dough and cut into 3 - 4 cm long pieces. Shape them in your hands until they look more or less like slugs. (I know, I know... could not think of a better word)

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and let the little potato noodles simmer for about 5 minutes or until they start floating.

Take the potato slugs out of the water and set aside. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a pan.

Fry the noodles in the pan on low heat until they get slightly crispy. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste.

 
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Eat immediately and enjoy.

 

Bank Holiday Weekend: Brunch Ideas

A sunny bank holiday weekend is almost like a unicorn. Even though I fully intend to enjoy as much sunshine as possible, it is very likely that I sleep in a little bit longer.

As breakfast turns into brunch, I need something more substantial to eat than a croissant and coffee or a little muesli. In preparation I have researched some brunch ideas to ensure that I have all ingredients in the fridge.

Since I am a food and lifestyle illustrator I follow a lot of food related accounts on Instagram, where I found my first recipe inspiration on the Waitrose account.

Griddled salmon with watercress and walnut pesto: You can find the recipe here.

 
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Recently I discovered the food blog Halfbaked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard. Her recipes and creative presentation are truly a feast for your eyes and stomach.

The baked egg crepes with spring herbs and avocado (yes, avocados have to be present for brunch) have especially caught my eye. You can find the recipe on her blog.

 
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Is there a better way to start a long weekend than with great food and in lovely company?

I am heading out into the sun now and wish you a relaxing, happy weekend.

Japanese hotpot - illustrated recipe

When I tidied up my book shelf yesterday I found a little Guardian food booklet on soups and stews by Allegra McEvedy that I collected many moons ago. Since temperatures dropped again in London and spring is temporarily on holidays, I tried out the recipe for the Japanese hotpot.

It was really tasty, so I illustrated it here for you because I believe that healthy, good food should always be shared.

 

Ingredients (6 servings)

- 400g jasmine rice

- 2 tsp red chilli, chopped

- 3 garlic cloves, sliced

- a few slices of ginger

- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

- 300g bok choy, quartered

- 400g tofu, cut in 3 cm cubes

- 150g sliced shiitake mushroom

- a head of broccoli, cut into florettes

- 1/3 daikon radish/mouli, peeled and sliced

- 3 sliced spring onions

- 2 tbsp miso paste

- 2 tsp light soy sauce

- Juice of 2 limes

- a handful of coriander (or parsley if coriander happens to taste like soap to you, like it is for me)

 
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1. Get your rice going, then put the kettle on again with a little bit more than one litre of water for the miso paste.

2. In a little bowl, mix the chopped chilli, garlic, ginger and sesame seeds.

3. In a sauce pan big enough for all ingredients make layers of the bok choy, tofu, mushrooms, broccoli and daikon, sprinkling a little of the chilli-ginger-garlic-sesame seed mix in between each layer.

4. Dissolve the miso paste in one litre of nearly boiling water.

5. Add the spring onions to the pan, then pour in the miso and cover with the lid.

6. Turn the heat up high. When it comes to the boil, let it simmer for two minutes before turning the heat off.

7. Pour in the soy sauce and lime juice to season, and scatter with chopped coriander/parsley.

8. Serve in bowls and offer the rice on the side.

 
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