I am making the most of our short summer here in Montreal , making good use of my edible flowers grown in my beloved patio. Here is an idea if you fancy nasturtium in your shrimp dish as a beautiful summer side dish.
Ingredients (serves 4-6 as a side dish)
- 350 gr. shrimps, peeled, deveined and briefly boiled
- 1 cup quinoa (white or mixed – your choice)
- ½ cup black beans, cooked with a pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
- 1tbsp. fresh chives or garlic greens, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 lime or lemon to be cut for garnish
- A few nasturtiums or any other edible flower you might have around your yard or balcony
- 2 tbsp. cooking oil
- Salt, black pepper, and fresh lemon or lime juice as required
Rinse quinoa in small pot. Add equal part (1 cup) water and a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp. cooking oil and cook over medium heat with closed lid until it is cooked through but not mashed. Drain and transfer to a serving dish. Mix the cooked quinoa with chopped parsley.
In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp. cooking oil and sauté the chopped onions. Once translucent, add chopped garlic and fry for 1 more minutes. Add shrimps and continue frying for a few minutes. Turn the heat off. Toss in black beans and mix well then transfer to the serving dish on top of the quinoa. Use a fork to gently stir and mix the content. It’s okay if the major bulk of quinoa stays underneath.
Mix together salt, pepper and 1-2 tbsp. lime juice and season the dish. Finally garnish with lime cuts, chives and your freshly picked flower and share with loved ones! Enjoy!
This is an extremely easy, tasty and summery salad with lots of room for creativity! I serve this as a side when I have a small party: I also enjoy having it on hot summer days as a light lunch.
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For this upcoming Canadian thanksgiving I looked up a Canadian recipe for salad (you guessed it, made with maple syrup) which goes well with other items on your table. It is called Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Mustard Dill Vinaigrette. The title pretty much gives away the ingredients, I know, but you would not know how to make it before visiting the link on Food Network!I followed the original recipe (linked above) only modified it slightly by increasing the amount of kale to 5 cups and skipping agave nectar in the sauce. I was super happy with the result – very autumnish colors, filling yet light and refreshing with a sweet-sour taste.
Happy Thanksgiving Canada!
As promised last week and without further ado, here is my recipe for zucchini fritters when you have too many homegrown zucchinis on your hand and no one in particular to offer it to them! You could make this with yellow or green zucchinis as a side, snack or light meal.
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It is said that two zucchini plants produce enough zucchinis for a family of four to eat as much as they can for the entire summer. This year I grew three zucchini plants for the two of us, which meant way too much of it if we were to stick only to our traditional Persian style zucchini stew.
Almost every single morning I checked on my vegetable garden I found a new baby zucchini turned into a huge heavy one almost before my eyes. So, even with all I gave away to family and friends I still had to come up with new creative ways to consume this delicious vegetable. Read the rest of this entry »
I found the recipe for this delicious and easy dip in PRAVA organic site and modified it slightly to my taste. You could do the same I am sure as long as you keep the main ingredients in: It is a vegetarian recipe and completely gluten and dairy free.
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