Fennikel, rucola & appelsinsalad

Fennikel, rucola og appelsinsalat

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En frisk og deilig salat som passer perfekt til f.eks hjemmelaget pizza, pai eller en enkel fiskerett.

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Du trenger:

  • 1 stor fennikel, i så tynne skiver som mulig
  • 1 stor appelsin, segmentert (spar på restene)
  • 1 avokado, i terninger
  • rucola
  • 1/2 rød chilli, kuttet fint
  • 1 lime
  • flatblad persille, finhakket
  • olivenolje

Legg ferdigkuttet fennikel og rucolan i iskaldt vann så det blir crispy. Bland olivenolje, limesaft, chilli, salt og pepper, og press så resten av saften ut av restene av appelsinen til en frisk dressing. Bland fennikel, rucola, avokado, persille og appelsin, og hell over dressing. Friskt og godt!

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Fennel, rucola ond orange salad

This is a nice and fresh salad, perfect with a nice homemade pizza, pai or a simple fish dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of fennel, sliced as thinly as possible
  • 1 large orange, in segments
  • a avocado, cubed
  • rucola
  • 1/2 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 lime
  • flatleaf parsley, chopped
  • olive oil

Put the sliced fennel and the rucola in a bowl of ice cold water so it becomes crispy. Mix the olive oil, lime juice, chilli, salt and pepper, and squeeze in the juice from the rest of the orange. Taste- it should be nice and fresh. Mix the fennel, rucola, avocado, orange and parsley, and pour over the dressing. Nice and fresh!

Enjoy!

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Sweet summery salad

Sweet strawberries, ripe peaches, tasty cheese, crunchy pumpkin seeds and lovely leavesSweet summery salad

Sweet summery saladThis is what I made for lunch today.. The Norwegian strawberries are dreamy this time of year, and I try to find new ways to serve these little wonders. If I had a creamy goats cheese, or even feta cheese, I would probably use that, but all I had was a mature ‘Primadonna’ cheese (tastes almost like Parmesan), and it worked well.

Ingredients:

  • strawberries
  • peaches
  • A mix of salad leaves
  • toasted pumpkin seeds
  • cheese; goats-, feta-, or a mature tasty hard cheese
  • a good peppery extra virgin olive oil
  • a nice aged balsamico, or a sweet fig balsamico
  • Maldon salt and black pepper

Rinse, cut and mix.

I served the salad with organic crisp bread and some nice homemade hummus. Perfect!

Salad, crisp bread and hummusEnjoy!

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Spicy meatballs in tomato sauce

Small spicy meatballs in a tasty tomato sauce

This makes a large portion of meatballs, but I always freeze half the quantity. The first half we had for dinner a few weeks ago, with pasta and lots of grated parmesan. Today, I didn’t feel like cooking, so I took the pre-made meatballs out of the freezer in the morning, and reheated them in the oven in the afternoon, mixing in big chunks of mozzarella and lots of basil leaves. I made an easy rucola salad- mixing it with lemon-scented olive oil and Maldon salt and pepper, and heated up some frozen baguettes. Easy, tasty, delicious!

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  • 1 kg minced meat
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1,5 tsp salt + pepper
  • 1 tsp dried paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, ground in a pestle and mortar
  • chopped oregano, rosemary and thyme, or dried if you don’t have fresh.

Mix all the ingredients, then mix in the meat. Make small meatballs with wet fingers, then brown them all over in a frying pan with olive oil (a few at the time). When browned, put in the pre-cooked tomato sauce and cook until ready.

Tomato sauce

  • 1 clove of garlic, gently fried in olive oil
  • about 1 kg tomato passata, or whole cherry tomatoes from a box or tin, organic if possible
  • a pinch of chilli
  • salt and pepper
  • a pinch of sugar
  • a couple of teaspoons of balsamic vinagre
  • some organic vegetable stock, I use the one from Renee Voltair

Let all the ingredients boil carefully with a lid on for an hour or so (you might need to add a bit of water so it doesn’t dry out). Then add:

  • fresh oregano
  • fresh basil
  • a swirl of good olive oil

Taste the tomato sauce and check for seasoning.

Add the meatballs.

Serve with rice, pasta, potato wedges, as tapas or in a baguette.

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Enjoy!

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Mad for mango & avocado salad

Salad with mango, avocado and coriander

Today, we were having good friends over for dinner. The sun was shining and we were having a barbecue. I felt like having avocado, and I felt like having mango. I also wanted a green salad. So I decided to mix it all up. I wasn’t sure it would work, but it did! A fresh fruity filling salad. Perfect for barbecues. We had fillets of pork, but I will also try it with scampi.

passion for lime_ mango and avocado salad

  • Lots of avocados, in big chunks
  • one big mango, in big chunks
  • salad leaves (baby spinach, rucola, beet root leaves etc)
  • lots of coriander, coarsely chopped
  • lime juice
  • mango vinagre (or use a sweet white balsamico or equivalent)
  • a good extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of chili pepper or cayenne
  • Maldon salt and pepper

Barbecued fillet of pork, mango and avocado salad, potato wedges and home made aioli

passion for lime_ mango and avocado salad

passion for lime_ mango and avocado salad

This is the mango condiment I use. Bought from one of my favourite shops: Oliviers & co.

olivier mango passion for lime

Enjoy!

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Another healthy salad

All in the mix

This is a super-healthy mix of pulses, grains, seeds, raw vegetables, chicken etc. I had some chicken and oven baked tomatoes left-over from yesterdays dinner, and decided to use it in a salad.

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Mix together:

  • Pulses; a mix of cooked chickpeas, white beans, brown beans, barlotti beans- whatever you have
  • guacamole, with extra cayenne pepper/chili, and lime, for extra taste
  • feta cheese, crumbled
  • Quinoa, ready boiled and drained
  • celery stick, chopped finely
  • spring onion, chopped finely
  • chicken, in small pieces
  • tomatos, I used both fresh and oven baked
  • pumpkin seeds, toasted in a dry pan for a few minutes
  • olive oil
  • Maldon salt and pepper

Mix it all together

All in the mix

And serveMix it up salad

Enjoy!

Sunshine-salad

Sunshine Salad

Today, the sun was shining and we got the first taste of summer! That calls for a salad! I wanted something nice and fresh, to go with a robust oven-baked chicken. This is what I came up with, and ‘Sunshine salad’ was the name I gave it. sunshine-salad_passionforlime

Ingredients:

  • Rucola and a mix of baby salad leafs
  • yellow bell peppers, sliced
  • orange, each segmented and cut in half
  • pistachios, shelled
  • parmesan, shaved
  • olive oil and lemon juice, or lemon flavored olive oil
  • Maldon salt and pepper

Mix it all up and serve

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This is how it looks served with the main course. A plate full of sunshine, great tastes and textures.

You can find the recipe for the main course on the blog. Oven baked Chicken with mustard veggies

Enjoy!