Orange Arugula and Pistachio Wheat Salad

Orange Arugula and Pistachio Wheat Salad 1.1 Since the beginning of the year I have been eating more or less lightly. I feel encouraged to continue and that’s why I have come up with this Orange Arugula and Pistachio Wheat Salad. Continue reading

After a milestone birthday party this last Saturday, I had not energy on Sunday to stand for too long in the kitchen but I wanted something light and fresh in taste. Unfortunately this year seem like the fondue and other Swiss melted cheese meals are not present. I know I have already talked about the weather in my last post but our environment is so important, and I am worried about such high temperatures and crazy weather. Last year, despite not really having summer weather, it was recorded as one the warmest (if not the warmest) years. At least the warm weather continues for the next few weeks, being outside celebrating carnival time will be more enjoyable… especially when, like some of my friends, it’s almost a celebration marathon: each weekend, from Friday to Sunday plus the week of the carnival of Bellinzona.

 

 

Orange Arugula and Pistachio Wheat Salad

 

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 10 min

 

Ingredients:

300 g precooked wheat

3 organic blood oranges

2 generous tbsp. chopped parsley

2 handfuls arugula

3 tbsp. olive oil

1.5 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

4 tbsp. roughly chopped pistachios

Boiling water

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe:

Trim the extremities of the blood orange. With a knife peel the skin of the orange following the contour with the blade of your knife. Cut the orange segments by slicing along the membrane of the fruit. Cut each segment in half. Repeat with the other oranges.

Bring two times the volume of wheat in salted water to a boil. Add the wheat along with the orange peel of 1 orange. After 10 minutes remove the pan from the fire, drain if necessary and remove the orange peels.

While the wheat is boiling make the dressing by mixing the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Add the dressing to the wheat while it’s still warm. If you want you can either let the wheat cool or serve it straight away (with the rest of the ingredients of course).

In a bowl mix the wheat with the parsley, the oranges and the arugula. Sprinkle the pistachios on top and serve.

Apple Beetroot and Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

Apple Beetroot and Crusted Goat Cheese Salad I really didn’t feel like going to the dentist this morning and I almost felt like calling in sick… I thought about it and came to the conclusion that I would just be postponing the unpleasant moment. Continue reading

So I got ready and took the ten-minute walk to the bus stop (under the rain). For once the hourly bus was on time and I had just taken my seat when my phone rang: it was the dentist’s assistant telling me that he was ill and that my appointment was to be postponed. I continued my journey into town for some groceries anyway and a nice coffee break with a childhood friend of mine. I came back it was past noon and since I wasn’t in a hurry, I walked at slower pace, taking the time to look at the surroundings and their changing red autumn colours. The way home is partly on a dirt path among the fields and as beautiful as it may be; I couldn’t help but notice that some people still haven’t learned not to littler in the nature. I found wrappers and cigarette butts. Personally it saddens me to see how little people care and how little they realize the harm they are doing. Well, I ended up staying there and picked up what I could find and placed it in the bin which was just a couple of meters away (I admit I cursed a little at whoever did this). Once I got home I wrote this blog post and searched for an appropriate quote:

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

– Robert Swan

Apple Beetroot and Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

 Apple Beetroot and Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

Apple Beetroot and Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

 

Recipe for 4 as a starter

Prep time: 12 min

Cook time: 4-5 min

 

Ingredients

For the salad:

2 cooked beetroots

2 apples

100 g soft green salad or arugula

1 onion

200 g goat cheese log

1 egg

4 tbsp. breadcrumbs

4 tbsp. chopped walnuts

1 tbsp. olive oil

 

For the dressing:

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. walnut oil

1 tbsp. runny honey

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe

Cut the beetroot into 2-3 cm chunks.

Peel and core the apples and roughly cut into the same size as the beetroots.

Thinly slice the onion.

In a small bowl mix together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, walnut oil, honey and salt and pepper to taste.

On each plate, place the salad leaves and on top add the beetroots, apples and sliced onions.

Cut or break with your hands the goat cheese into pieces of about 3-4 cm. In a bowl break the egg and beat it with a fork. In a second bowl place the walnuts and the breadcrumbs. First pass the cheese pieces into the egg wash and then roll them in the walnut breadcrumb mixture.

Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan and add the breaded goat cheese to cook for 2-3 minutes, until they start getting soft but are not too runny.

Finally add the dressing just before serving the breaded goat cheese and serve.