A small confession and Asian inspired chicken meatballs with cucumber and chilli dipping sauce

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Wow it’s been a stupidly long time since I last posted anything and I have been feeling incredibly guilty. My sister had been abusing me for months and friends hounding me for more recipes and stupid stories. So here I am, tail between my legs and boy oh boy has a lot happened!

Well firstly me and my man made the extremely adult move and bought a house! We are crazy happy despite moving into the cat hair infested home sporting walls from a bad acid trip, purple walls…wait, two tone purple walls, fluorescent greens, bright blues, strobe lighting, I think you probably get the picture! Now, well without blowing my own or Jase’s trumpet…wait that came out wrong, I’m blushing…. we are rocking this whole house renovation business. I have taken on the role as best painter in the world, Jase plays with a drill and I get distracted picturing Channing Tatum from the new Magic Mike film and end up dribbling paint all over the carpet. No big deal as the carpet smells like cats and the stuff that made it to the walls look fabulous. There is a lot of my handiwork that can’t be seen too as I decided to try my hand at electrics pulling off all the ugly lights from the walls and hacking at the wires with my kitchen scissors. Surprisingly I didn’t electrocute myself, Bravo!

I also travelled to South America to meet Jase after he finished a shoot for North Face doing silly things like skiing, hiking and growing a beard, all above 5000m, sometimes I think he’s mad. Anyway I intend to write some blurb on that soon so I’ll save you from thinking jeez this girl has got the verbal poops.

Oh wait there’s more …the actual coming out! Right the big reveal. Well it turns out I’ve been living a lie. Well not entirely – I did truly give the whole Vegetarian, Paleo, Vegan, every fad you can imagine a good shot over the last few years. But at the end of the day it turns out, I love bacon! And not just bacon but all meat…especially steak, bread, cheese, pasta, pizza…the lot. Gosh a giant weight has been lifted. There’s nothing like starting a healthy food blog trying to use alternatives for absolutely everything and then turning full circle. It was a gradual process since moving to New Zealand, not being helped by living with a boy who wants bacon, cheese and sriracha on bloody everything! Why does that stuff smell so damn good? However, the main thing is that my tummy (which was the reason I started all this) has decided to chill out. This has led me to behave more frivolously with my food choices, I have exciting mornings where I eat a croissant and then wait to see what happens, can you imagine the fun?! My tummy was the entire motivation to explore the wonderful vegan, gluten free world and it was a crazy discovery and I learnt stupid amounts from so many super cool blogs, and maybe that’s the reason my stomach no longer inflates like a giant balloon after everything I eat.

Just to be clear I’m still going to be posting healthy recipes to make at home, I’m not just vegging out on the sofa eating Mac n cheese, I will be spiralizing courgettes to go with my bolognaise and I haven’t turned to the mega dark side, I’m still not going to touch white sugar, I mean come on ewwww – that would be too far!

So welcome to the new blog, still healthy, just more normal and stuff!

Asian inspired chicken balls with cucumber and chilli dipping sauce

Thai chicken balls

asian chicken meatballs

Dipping sauce
 2 tbsp soy sauce
½ lime juiced
½ tsp finely chopped chilli
½ tsp finely grated ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp organic unrefined brown sugar
5 tbsp rice wine vinegar
½ tsp fish sauce
2 tbsp finely chopped cucumber
 
Chicken meatballs
1 shallot
1 small fresh chilli, 
1 ½ tbsp minced ginger
2 cloves garlic
2 spring onions
4 lime leaves
 
2 chicken breasts
1 lime zested and half juiced
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
 
Salad
1 carrot
½ cucumber
Handful of bean sprouts
half a lime to squeeze over

First make the dipping sauce. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Done!

For the meatballs, put the first lot of ingredients into a food processor…basically not the chicken and sauces. Whizz up until finely chopped then add the chicken, soy etc and a big pinch of salt. Pulse until all of it’s all mixed up.

Put a large non-stick frying pan on medium heat and drizzle a little sesame oil in. Now get your hands all covered in raw chicken and make some small balls to cook in the frying pan. When frying wait until they are nice and caramelised before turning. Check they are cooked by chopping one in half and if your nervous or eating them later just sear them in the pan on high heat and pop them in the oven for 10 minutes.

For the salad using a potato peeler make ribbons from the carrot and cucumber and mix with the sprouts. Serve with half a lime to squeeze over.

Serving ideas, either scrap the salad and serve them like extremely fancy nibbles at one of your raving parties, or serve all together and pour the dipping sauce over the salad. OR if your feeding a gang add some coconut rice to the mix and you’ve got yourself a pretty mean spread.

Photos by me

Cauliflower rice salad with mango, red pepper, herbs and The Fat Radish curry sauce

IMG_2956It’s my last week in the UK before I fly home to beautiful Wanaka and my handsome Mr who I won’t have seen for over 6 weeks! I am getting super excited but then I have had to say quick hello’s and goodbyes to lots of people which of course sucks, although showing my best pictures and describing my life in an extremely positive light has hopefully tempted a few to come visit.

I’ve been hiding out in Dorset for most of my trip, London is far too scary and stressful and there are a lot of pretty odd people there who don’t walk past and say hello which is a change from extremely chirpy Wanaka. So I have been wellied up, walking dogs, cooking lots for my Mum and apparently todays task is clearing out all my stuff. My room is most definitely about to become a guest room….sad face!

This recipe was inspired from THE FAT RADISH Kitchen Diaries cookbook which I just bought a load of to give out as presents. I would have got one for myself but books take up way too much valuable weight in a strict long haul suitcase. Anyhoo, when I ran off to live in New York for 2 months about 4 years ago I got put in touch with the crazy clever English boys Ben and Phil who started up The Fat Radish and boy oh boy have they done a sweet job. The restaurant is just ridiculously cool, and the food is so fantastically fresh, colourful and homely. They have a real farm to table vibe with vegetables being the star of the show (FYI they were totally the creaters of the Kale trend). I worked in the kitchen for their events company Silkstone which meant I got to cater at some incredible venues and I was over the moon inspired but what they were up to. Oh just thinking about it is making me want to jump back on a plane to that crazy city! If you ever travel to NYC it’s a must visit in the Lower East Side and the book has a gazillion delicious looking recipes that will make you want host a party and pretend your cool like them living in New York.

cauliflower rice salad

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Serves a crowd…probably around 6 
 
1 cauliflower, cut in florets
1 red pepper, diced into small squares
2 small spring onion, finely sliced
handful coriander, roughly chopped
handful parsley, roughly chopped
2 handfuls rocket, roughly chopped
½ mango, cut into small squares
4 tbsp of The Fat Radish curry sauce

First off make the curry sauce recipe from below. Then steam the cauliflower florets until tender, around 10 minutes then leave aside to cool in a colander so they dry off.

While it’s cooling prep the veg to go into the salad.

Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles rice, don’t go crazy or it will go too smooth. Chuck it all into a big bowl, mixing through all the chopped herbs and vegetables and about 4 big spoonfuls of the curry sauce. It will take some seasoning so don’t be shy with some crunchy sea salt and pepper.

Serve at room temperature along with a green salad.

THE FAT RADISH curry sauce
makes 2 ½ cups (too much sauce for the recipe but it’s amazing added to just about anything!)
 
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 green apple, peeled cored and thinly sliced
1 (2 inch) knob of ginger, peeled and minced
1 kaffir lime leaf  (or 1 lime zested and juiced)
1 ½ tbsp curry powder
2 tsp turmeric
1 can coconut milk
salt, pepper
 
Place the oil in a saucepan set over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, apple, ginger, lime leaf, curry powder and turmeric and cook until softened, about 10 mins. Add the coconut milk and simmer for another 10 mins. Remove to cool and blend till smooth and season. 

Zaalouk ~ Moroccan Aubergine salad

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I am absolutely loving my trip home, especially last week when my Mum, sister and I jetted off for Ladies on tour in Marrakech!! Wow it’s a cool city. I thought it was a bit like “The Lion the witch and the wardrobe”, your’ll be wandering along a street that smells like wee and not look like anything exciting is down it, then you go through a Riad door and boom, your suddenly in the most incredibly beautiful moroccan courtyard. It’s insane!

I’m going to put lots of photos and restaurant tips up soon so I won’t go into massive detail now. However, I will say that the food is pretty tasty. We did two nights of Moroccan feasts, and they really are feasts. You start with salads…not salads like we know, not many greens. Instead there are about 9 plates of different dips and veggies. The one I have made was my favourite, probably because I have a slight obsession with aubergines. With the plates you get a basket of flat breads and just dig in. Then after that it becomes a meat feast. Chicken tagine followed by lamb and cous cous, then sometimes even two desserts..pfff I had to walk around the block a few times before bed.

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Serves about 5-6 as a starter mezze plate
 
2 medium sized Aubergines
2 tbsp olive oil
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 heaped tsp paprika
1 heaped tsp ground cumin
1 pinch cinnamon
sprinkle of dried chilli
5 medium tomatoes, skinned and seeds removed
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
glug extra virgin good olive oil
½ tsp pomegranate molasses or balsamic vinegar
small handful of fresh coriander and parsley finely chopped

Firstly cook your aubergines. Preheat your oven to 200˚C and put the whole aubergine on a baking tray covered with some foil and bake for around an hour, turning over halfway through. The flesh should be soft all the way through, you can check by poking or stick a skewer in. Once cooked take out and leave to cool

To skin the tomatoes, score a cross on them and pour boiling water over the top. After about 10-20 seconds the skin should split and then just take them out and it’s super easy to peel off the skin. Then de-seed them and chop them up into small squares.

Add the olive oil to a medium sized saucepan and gently fry the sliced garlic until almost golden. Then add the spices for a minute giving them a good stir then add the tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes down for about 20 minutes until they fall apart and become a yummy thick sauce. Season the sauce and put aside.

Grab your aubergines and cut them in half lengthways and spoon out the flesh from the skin into the tomato sauce. Using a spoon poke the aubergine around a bit so it breaks up.

Stir in the lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, herbs and seasoning, with a glug of good olive oil. Give it a taste and adjust the amount of lemon, herbs etc to your taste.

Serve up with some moroccan flat breads or sourdough with a mezze plate…I served it with some manchego cheese which was darn tasty.

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Behind the scenes shooting in my Mum’s greenhouse

Carrot and courgette spaghetti with coconut and lime dressing

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 Oh mon dieu France you have really outdone yourself this week! After leaving the grey stinking rain in the UK to beautiful sunshine and 32˚C in Capbreton on the French coast I found it very hard to leave. It’s been an epic week of friends, lots of crazy yummy, anonymous fresh fish…speared out of the sea with a harpoon none the less! Longboarding to the beach, running and trips to chic Biarritz to pootle about looking in all the fabulous shops, eating ice cream, drinking wine and snacking on all the Tapas. Biking out to the lake in Hossegor for oysters and then sampling all the delicious french wines on the bike home….tres bien! It was a super special bunch of girls to get together, 2 of us from New Zealand, 1 from Canada and the rest Switzerland and France with 1 very brave male host. You can imagine the high pitched excited squeals that rung in the air.

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girlsOne of the oddest things that happened was when we saw two slugs doing the dirty one evening which was probably the weirdest thing I have ever seen, after some googling and intense staring we worked out that they are hermaphrodites and thats why there were two strange wiggly things. (New fact for you all)

This recipe was inspired from the most insanely yummy lunches I had with my Mum just down the road from us in Dorset at The Pythouse, the cutest cafe/restaurant with pick your own vegetables. It’s very much the garden to plate concept which is tres cool. The new chef there is also an ex Ottolenghi chef so since he is my favourite chef ever I was dying to go and try his creations. I had a salad very similar to this one but with Kohlrabi, I tried to get hold of some in France but I by accident bought black radish which turned out to be yummy for about 20 seconds then you get hit by a wall of peppery spiciness . So use real kohlrabi or substitute for courgette. I also was excited to use a spirulizer for the first time ever, can’t quite believe I don’t have one yet, off to amazon immediately to get that sorted.

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Serves 6-8 as a side salad or around 4 as a main

8 carrots, spiralized
2 courgettes, spiralized
1 handful fresh mint, roughly chopped
1 handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
 
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1 tsp of sesame oil
1 tsp coconut oil
1 garlic clove, minced on a microplane
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, minced on a microplane
 
200ml coconut cream…or milk
pinch chilli flakes
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp coconut nectar or any other sweetener 
3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
 2 tbsp coriander seeds, toasted
 
On a low heat add the sesame oil and coconut oil to a non stick small saucepan, stir in the garlic, ginger and chilli flakes and let it all sizzle for a minute stirring all the time so it doesn’t catch.
Add in the coconut cream, lime juice and zest, fish sauce, agave and let it simmer and infuse for about 10 minutes, season to taste and then set it aside to cool.
 
Using a spiralizer, spiralize the carrots and courgettes into a big bowl. Add the chopped herbs, coriander seeds, and sesame seeds and dress with the cooled coconut dressing. You will probably need to season it all a bit more with some salt and pepper then serve away.
 
Food photos forced  by me and taken by Camilla Rutherford
 

Raw Cauliflower and broccoli tabouleh with cucumber, feta and harissa sauce

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Summer is here…well I think they call it Spring but it seems too hot for that today. I got to wear my dungaree shorts the other day and that made me dance inside probably because I looked like a 7 year old wearing a nappy. In Wanaka and actually probably a lot of places in NZ you get crazy winds in Spring, I just did a giant laundry day and hung everything up only to find all my undies had flown off the line into the very quiet and slightly awkward next door neighbours garden…fun times.

Yesterday we had the Treble Cone mountain closing day which was pretty ridiculous, everyone wears fancy dress and it’s a big party on snow. One guy even brought his wood fired pizza oven up so everyone was making pizzas, drinking beers and skiing some slush in the sun. Now the winter is over and it has flown by, I’m off back to the UK for 5 weeks in a week to go party at two different weddings, catch up with some friends in France and I managed to persuade my Mum to take me and my sister to Marrakech for 3 nights…yahoo. Getting excited about Morocco I decided to make this yummy grain free Tabouleh style salad with my favourite harissa and fresh pink pomegranate.

There are 2 options for this salad, you can either mix the harissa in with the salad and make it into a delicious mess OR you could keep the salad super fresh by dressing it with olive oil and lemon juice and use some of the harissa to marinate some fish or meat and serve it along with the salad and a dollop of harissa on top! Up to you, it’s such a yummy sauce I would make double and use it up over the week to jazz up all your meals!

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Serves a crowd! I’d say about 10 as a side with other salads at a BBQ 
 
Harissa
5 big dried chillies (depending on how spicy
1 tsp coriander seeds 
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp caraway seeds
 
3 big cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
1 red onion, peeled and diced
1 roasted red pepper (I used a jarred one OR a tbsp tomato purée OR a handful of sundried tomatoes)
1 lemon juiced (zest first into a big salad bowl)
3 glugs extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp greek yoghurt (optional)
 
Salad
1 head broccoli
1 head cauliflower
4 spring onions, sliced finely using all the green stuff!
1 cucumber (sliced in half lengthways, de-seeded and cubed)
1 pomegranate, seeded (wear a t-shirt you don’t like as you will spray the juice over yourself)
200g feta (optional if dairy free) cut into little cubes
1 lemon zested (plus the zest from the lemon used in the harrisa)
1 handful of chopped parsley
1 handful chopped coriander
1 handful chopped mint

Harissa

Boil the kettle and soak the chillies for around half an hour and then dry them off.

Toast the seeds in a dry pan over a low heat until fragrant and put aside.

Fry the onion, garlic, chillies and pepper in the pan with a splash of olive oil until golden and smokey. Add everything plus the lemon juice to a high speed blender and pulse until you have a super smooth sauce.

If you don’t have a blender, don’t panic use a pestle and mortar (the more authentic and muscle making way) to mash the spices into a paste, then add the rest of the ingredients until you have a sauce)

Add seasoning to the sauce and 2 glugs of olive oil and voila it should be incredibly fragrant, smoky and delicious!

Salad time

Chop your broccoli and cauliflower into rough florets, leaving the stalk and chuck bit by bit into a food processor until it looks like rice, then spoon into a big salad bowl.

Add the zest, diced cucumber, feta, herbs, spring onions, pomegranate, keeping a bit aside to sprinkle on top for garnish.

Season the salad and then stir through as much of the harissa as you like, I used almost the whole bowl because it got sucked up by the cauliflower.

Serve at room temperature with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and spring onion.

Crunchy raw sprout salad with thai peanut, ginger and coconut dressing

 

0L9A64310L9A6403It’s a beautiful day here in Wanaka, the sun is shining and I managed to get my ass out of bed at 6am to go to my early boxing class. I love to beat up our padded instructor before breakfast, it makes me feel badass!

I wanted to make a asian style salad today with a kickass creamy ,nutty dressing full of vitamin C, superfoods and other goodies. Something for all you lucky people that are having summer could take to the beach or serve along side a bbq, and my fellow winter pals can also take lakeside on this surprisingly warm day. It turns out Kiwi winters are much warmer than the swiss ones…phew!

The views in Wanaka are absolutely ridiculous and I have not been taking advantage of the crazy scenery for my posts so from now on I will get more creative and take my creations to beautiful locations and give you more food with a view!

Talking of beautiful locations…on Sunday Jase took us on a 4×4 mission to Mace town, an old gold mining town from the 1800’s where they mined for gold in the Arrow river. It has been a ghost town since the 1930’s with just rubble left and a couple of little cottages. The trip there was epic, we had to cross the Arrow river 22 times each way on a 4WD track, it’s a good thing we have a meaty truck, although with all the smashing about with water over the bonnet and over rocks the bumper almost fell off. There were a few poop your pants moments, mainly when we were on a muddy track on the side of a mountain with a death drop into the valley and I was having backseat driver trust issues.

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Serves 4
 
Dressing
1½ cup coconut milk
1 red chilli with seeds
2 tbsp chopped ginger
1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
5 tbsp chopped  coriander stalks
¼ tsp of turmeric
¼ tsp of curry powder
2 fresh kaffir lime leaf
2 tbsp sesame oil
½ cup of water
salt and pepper
 
Salad
2 cups bean sprouts
2 cups alfalfa sprouts, or any kind of  sprouts you like
1 carrots, shredded or grated
1 cup brussel sprouts or cabbage shredded
½ cup raw quinoa, cooked  or noodles
1 bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
 
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
 
To make the peanut dressing, put all the ingredients apart from the peanuts in your Vitamix or high speed blender and whizz until smooth. Season and add the peanuts and blend a bit more so the peanuts are still a bit chunky for some crunch.
 
For the salad cook the quinoa as instructed and leave to cool. Toast the seeds in a frying pan on a medium heat until golden. Put all the shredded veggies in a big bowl with the sprouts. To shred either finely slice or grate or if you have a magimix with all the cutting attachments that chops them crazy quickly.
 
Mix everything all together making sure the dressing is over all the salad, season away and serve either on it’s own or alongside some delicious fish or some bbq meat.
 
A cool idea for lunches is to pack it all into a jar with the dressing in the bottom, then all you do is mix it up and give it a shake when your ready to chow down.

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Roasted broccoli and crunchy chickpea salad with lemon and chilli marinated feta

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Hugely exciting news. Dum dum duuum, “We’ze Be Ballin” our girls basketball team finally won our first match on Tuesday!!! Hells yes…we played like hyperactive rockstars and there were plenty of crashing body slams and fighting off girls to get the ball, it’s just no fun without a bit of competitive violence on the court!

We have two weeks off for school holidays and then we have to play every team again, and hopefully now we have learned how to actually play we might not lose 20-60 to the other teams. I will be doing sneaky practising on the weekends and it’s a good excuse to watch shitty American B-Ball movies.

Anyhooo, here’s a really yummy wintery warm salad that we have been making stupid amounts in our house. Making crunchy chickpeas is new to me and my gosh they are yummy, you can eat them just as a salty snack too.  

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www.foodfromflossie.com Roast broccoli salad with crispy chickpeas and feta
www.foodfromflossie.com Roast broccoli salad with crispy chickpeas and feta
 
Marinated feta
1 pack of feta into small cubes
50 ml of extra virgin olive oil
zest of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon of chilli flakes
Plenty of black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
 
Salad
1 can cooked chickpeas 400g
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
sprinkle of salt
1 tbsp cooking oil of choice
 
2-3 cups of cubed pumpkin (roughly, just roast a big hunk)
1 small head of broccoli chopped into small florets 
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp cooking oil of choice
 
Lemon dressing
½ lemon juices
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp yoghurt
pinch of salt and pepper
 
fresh coriander, just a small amount roughly chopped through

Firstly mix the oil in a jar with all the ingredients apart from the feta. Cube the feta up and then put it in the jar with the oil and very gently shake about so the marinade coats all the feta. You can now leave it out until needed or for best results keep it in the fridge for 2 days – a week. You will only need about half the feta, so you can keep the rest in the fridge for another salad day!

Preheat your oven to 180˚C. Rinse the chickpeas and dry them with some kitchen towel. On a baking tray mix the chickpeas with the ground coriander salt, and oil and bake in the oven for about 30-40 mis until they are crunchy.

Cut your pumpkin into small cubes and roast in the oven with some of the oil and all the coriander seeds. It will take roughy 45 mins depending on the size and oven temp but you just want it nice and golden.

Roast the kale and broccoli on a separate tray with the rest of the oil and some salt. It should take about 10-15 mins to get nice crispy.

When everything is cooked, combine in a big bowl, toss with half the feta, fresh coriander and drizzle the lemon dressing over the top.

Et Voila a super warm roasted salad!

Kale, carrot and beetroot salad with avocado and asian dressing

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This week has been a busy and hilarious one. I have been helping out some friends paint their new office which meant being high off paint fumes for most of the week and on Tuesday our basketball team “We B-Ballin” had our first match. As you can probably tell from the ridiculous name of our team we are maybe not the best players in the world. It was my first ever time playing basketball, we played Netball loads at school so figured it must be similar…it turns out the rules arn’t but we all ran around like crazy people and had a laugh. My friend Anna spent most of the game wrestling the opposition on the floor, at some moments it looked like she was spooning them until I saw her claws dug into the other girl….Yup it was pretty violent, one of our girls got a bleeding lip and a gash to the arm and most of us spent a good amount of time with our butts on the floor. The final score was something stupid like 4-60 so we were thrashed pretty badly, but I was super proud of shooting the first very fluky hoop from pretty far away.

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On Thursday I headed to Camilla’s wee little farm cottage (my friend that got married a couple of months ago and helped kidnap me to NZ) We did lots of cooking and I forced her to take photos since shes an uber, crazy awesome photographer, and their cottage is so freaking cute and countrysidey so we ate all day and made yummy cakes and salads and had a good gossip. They have a pretty jealous making veggie patch but since they had just got back from their month long honeymoon the veggies had gone a bit crazy. I pulled out, sorry wait no I didn’t becasue I wasn’t strong enough…Ahem, I dug out the most enormous carrot about the size of my arm and beetroots the size of my head! And I must say that her kale is the tenderest kale I have ever tasted..well done Camilla!

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www.foodfromflossie.com Asian kale salad

Serves 2

1 spring onion, sliced
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup grated beetroot
2 big handfuls kale, torn into bite sized pieces
1/2 avocado
1/4 cup raw peanuts, roughly chopped
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp tamari or soy
 
Asian dressing
1/2 red chilli, finely chopped
1 tbsp minced ginger, I grate mine on a microplane or chop it fine
1 lime zested and juiced
2 tbsp peanut oil
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
salt and pepper
 

To make the dressing mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork so it all joins together. Season at the end and leave to infuse while you make the salad

Toast the peanuts in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat until they are golden and crunchy, then add the sesame seeds until they are golden too. Take off the heat and add the soy and mix around, it should get absorbed super quick. Leave to cool.

Mix the carrot, beetroot, kale, avocado and  spring onion together in a bowl and then pour over the dressing and mix it all up.

Serve with the nuts sprinkled over the top!

If you want to bulk the salad up a bit add some brown rice or roasted sweet potato.

Bon Appetit!

www.foodfromflossie.com Asian kale saladPretty photos by Camilla Rutherford 

Wild rice, kale and roasted squash salad with avocado and chilli dressing

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So I have landed in my new home…beautiful Wanaka, New Zealand! After falling in love with the place 2 months ago when visiting for a friends wedding, and meeting a certain someone I made the decision to be totally spontaneous and move. If you make these kind of decisions quick then I feel like you have less time to think them through properly. So I packed up my life in Switzerland into my teeny little Polo, not sure how I managed to fit everything in but it happened. Then I drove across France to get back to the UK, which was just a casual 20 hour drive after getting nailed in traffic as soon as the ferry pulled up in Dover. I spent the next week hanging out in Ibiza with my family at my brothers ridiculous house that he built, soaking up as much sun as I could before emigrating to another winter….this is where my decision lacks any logic!

I spent my last week catching up with friends and family, receiving grillings and interviews about why oh why I am suddenly running to the other side of the world. Unpacking to pack again, and selling all kinds of things that wouldn’t quite fit in my suitcase.

And now I have made it to my new home….and it’s COLD! I mean it’s beautiful and amazing like you wouldn’t believe and I am extremely excited to be here. However it feels funny leaving the excitement that spring brings of longer days to then be curled back up in front of the fire thinking of winter warmers. And sadly for my lovely readers in the northern hemisphere my recipes are all going to be back to front with Autumn kicking in instead of Summer recipes.

So here is a delicious autumn salad, full of all kinds of healthiness with a little chilli kick to warm you up if like me your thermalled up to the max, or you just live in England where it’s cold most of the time!

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Serves 4 as a main

3/4 cup wild rice/black rice/brown rice
1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into thumb sized chunks
2 red onions, peeled then cut in half and into wedges
1 big handful of curly kale
1 tbsp crushed coriander seeds
1-2 red chillies, finely chopped (depending on the strength and your taste)
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 avocado
2 small limes, 1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges for serving
Big handful of fresh coriander roughly chopped
1 lemon zested
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
extra virgin olive oil

First preheat your oven to 180C. Crush your coriander seeds in a pestle and mortar and mix them with the chopped squash, red onions with a couple of glugs of olive oil, salt and pepper.

When the oven is hot, roast the veg for about 45 mins, turning halfway through. The veg are ready when they are a golden and soft through, take them out and leave to cool.

While the vegetables are roasting, rinse the rice until the water comes out clear, then cook according to packet instructions.

To make the dressing, purée the avocado in a bowl with the lime juice and plenty of salt and pepper. In a separate bowl mix the chopped garlic and chilli with 4 tbsp of olive oil.

Wash and dry the kale and break into bite sized pieces, then massage the avocado and lime dressing into it.

When everything is ready mix it all gently together and season, you may want to add more lime/lemon juice or olive oil, it is also good with a spoon of natural yoghurt stirred through. Serve with the lime wedges and an extra sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Bon Appetite!

Photos Aneta Mak

Summer rolls

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This is a cute little shoot I did in New Zealand on a road trip I did up the west coast. We stopped at lake Mahinapua, a really pretty spot where there were all these funny kiwi kids doing a scouts day and learning how to throws logs and funny stuff. We managed to find the only place with not a sandfly in sight so it was heaven! 

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I wanted to make something super easy, delicious and fresh that you could just whip up out of the back of your car and put together using the simplest tools….which we totally did!

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Summer rolls are easily one of of my favourite lunches as they are so simple and you can put all kinds of fun stuff in them depending on what you have in your fridge. I used  just a load of veg but normally I would add some coked vermicelli noodles, brown rice or sprouts inside and make some fancy peanutty dipping sauce. But we are being basic so use whatever you like. I have put a list below of what I used but I have also suggested and few other ingredients which would yum yum in your tum!

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Rice paper roll wrappers
Tamari Soy sauce
Pickled sushi ginger
Sesame seeds
Chilli sauce
Small bunch coriander
1 Avocado
1 Carrot
1 Red pepper

or other ideas…rocket, bean sprouts, mint, cucumber, sprouted lentils, mange tout, grated courgette, brown rice, rice noodles

To make them all you need to do is chop up all the veg into long strips or just small slices that will be easy to roll up. I give them a bit of seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil and lime queezed all over with a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Then when filling I lay the veg on, followed by some chilli sauce, pickled ginger slices and coriander stalks. Put the soy in a little bowl for dipping into when they are ready.

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Get a bowl of water big enough to soak your rice paper wrappers in and soak them for about 30seconds until they are floppy. Then lay one on a plate and start filling, you want to fill slightly to one side but in the centre of the wrapper. When everything is in, fold the top flaps down and then roll so it is all snug and tight. Then munch away on your super crunchy, fresh and heathly little picnic lunch!

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Photos Jase Hancox CoLab Creative