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Avocado, kiwi and blue cheese salad with toasted seeds and nuts

avocado, blue cheese and kiwi salad

Hello everyone I’m finally back from my holidays in the Italian Dolomites. I really had forgotten just how beautiful they are!!! I must make a point of going there more regularly than I have done of late. Last time we visisted those beautiful mountains was over 20 years ago! While I was there, aided by the stunning weather, I did lots of amazing walks, one of them with a lovely ex student of mine and expert climber-Lynne- who coincidentally was in the same area at the same time.  Also, and more importantly for this blog, I tried lots of interesting tyrolean dishes some of which I intend to blog as soon as I have got rid of the excess weight I gained. :-( But how can you not feast on those lovely strudels and canederli  when you are on holiday? You can’t, is the answer but then you have to deal with the consequences which is nearly two extra kilos in my case (and my husband’s!). It would have been even more if we hadn’t gone for punishing walks, I’m sure. ARGH!… Anyway, to cut a long story short I’m back in the UK and on a strict(ish) diet. Continue reading ‘Avocado, kiwi and blue cheese salad with toasted seeds and nuts’

Insalata di pollo e sedano rapa

Aiuto! Le scappatelle costano! E un weekend un po’ allungato di vacanzina si è trasformato in una settimana affannata a seguire. Ma eccomi qui, di nuovo, dopo la mia passeggiata madrilena. Di corsa e quindi ecco una cosa veloce che si può preparare prima e che è doubleface: antipasto o secondo, all’occorrenza. Se si cerca sul web si trova moltissimo sulle proprietà del sedano rapa (o sedano di Verona, celeriac, celery root, turnip-rooted celery or knob celery…). A me piace moltissimo, è ricco di sali minerali e con pochissime calorie. Quindi lo si può usare come “massa” innocua per aumentare la quantità senza dolore molti piatti. Continue reading ‘Insalata di pollo e sedano rapa’

Insalata di riso rigorosamente verde

Quest’anno qui non fa molto caldo e, dovendo stare a casa tutto luglio e agosto, questa è una vera fortuna. Ma una buona insalata di riso fresca è comunque un piatto piacevole per l’estate. Questa ho cominciato a farla anni fa perché ai miei figli non piacevano i vari sottoolii e sottaceti che si mettono normalmente nelle insalate di riso. E molto semplice e ha il pregio di poter (anzi dover) essere preparata in anticipo. Continue reading ‘Insalata di riso rigorosamente verde’

Pear, roquefort and pecan nut salad

pear, roquefort and pecan nut salad

Now that the nice season is about to start (at least we hope! This is England after all…) and the days are getting longer and warmer what is better than a nice salad? I LOVE trying different combinations and often order one when I eat out, particularly in the summer. To be honest it’s difficult to go wrong with salads and you can be very imaginative when creating one, if you wish. The days of  the bog standard lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and cucumber are over, I am sure. The one I’m sharing with you today is a firm favourite of mine ( I ADORE blue cheeses!!!). You will have probably come across it before . I am not claiming originality. Even so, this blog is all about what REAL people actually cook. Right? And this is what I made the other night. I really like the combination of the sweetness of the pear and the saltiness of the roquefort cheese.  By the way in Italian there is saying that goes “al contadino non far sapere quanto è buono il formaggio con le pere” (literally translated it means: don’t let the peasant know how good cheese with pears is”). I doubt there will be any peasants amongst our readers hence I’m safe! He he. As to what the saying really means….well…. have a guess people! Continue reading ‘Pear, roquefort and pecan nut salad’

Niçoise salad

Et voilà! I have also managed to take a picture of my latest creation ( read: what we had for supper tonight)and upload it on the blog. HOW clever am I, eh? Ok, it took me the best part of two hours to work out how to send the photo from my phone to the computer (GRRRR!), and then on to the blog BUT I DID IT! Can’t say Bill ( my poor husband) was impressed about my Oliviero Toscani’s attempts to photograph his food before he could eat it. I do confess it took a few attempts before I was satisfied with the results. Continue reading ‘Niçoise salad’