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



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



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.


Cheesy Chicken Skewers with Honeyed Carrot Salad

Cheesy Chicken Skewers with Honeyed Carrot SaladAfter a pretty busy weekend where I had visits, I attended the enogastronomic walk and on Sunday I had the summer party organised by my boyfriend’s political party; it’s nice to be back into a more calm routine. Continue reading

Yesterday I had my weekly lunch with my mother and usually I make something vegetarian since we both like it but this time I wanted to make something a little different and so I came up with these mince chicken skewers and this honeyed carrot salad. With the chicken I paired some Emmentaler cheese that has a relatively sweet taste and its flavour goes well with the chicken meat and the honeyed carrot salad.

Cheesy Chicken Skewers with Honeyed Carrot Salad


Cheesy Chicken Skewers with Honeyed Carrot Salad

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 20 min

Cook time: 10-12 min



For the chicken:

600 g chicken minced meat

2 tbsp. breadcrumbs

2 tbsp. thyme leaves

1 tsp. mustard powder

optional: cayenne pepper

4 tbsp. grated Emmentaler cheese

1 large spring onion – only the bulb

salt and pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil


For the carrot salad:

3 tbsp. olive oil

1.5 tbsp. cider vinegar

1 tbsp. runny honey

salt and pepper

1 tbsp chopped parsley

3 grated carrots – not too large ones

1 finely chopped spring onion (white part only)



For the carrot salad, in a bowl combine the olive oil, cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Mix well and add the carrots and parsley. Toss and leave to macerate.

Meanwhile in another bowl mix the minced chicken, breadcrumbs, thyme, mustard powder, grated cheese, salt, pepper and optionally the cayenne pepper. Finely chop the spring onion and add it to the rest of the mix. Blend all together and divide the mass into 8 equal parts. Take one part and with your hands form sausage like shapes; repeat with the rest of the meat. Insert a wooden skewer stick into each “sausage”.

Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil and place the skewers to colour on all sides and allow them to cook through for 10-12 minutes.

Serve the salad with the skewers and some crusty bread.

Zucchini and Quinoa Salad

Zucchini and Quinoa SaladI absolutely adore zucchini, don’t you? Continue reading

Besides loving their taste, especially when they’re grilled, health wise they have their good arguments and they are very low on calories. I know my calories because when I was twelve I became anorexic and in that process I learned about all the calories in basically all foods and among my favourites were zucchini, salad, cucumbers, tomatoes… They say that the mind retains what it considers important and these food facts have stuck to me more than the grammar rules that apply to the Italian language. In case anyone has questions about anorexia I would be glad to answer them, of course in the margins of my personal experience and knowledge. But today I’m here to talk about zucchini and this salad which is a healthy meal and my mother will agree with me since we enjoyed it together yesterday over a sunny lunch (an almost rare event this summer). The idea to cut the zucchini this way, I found it as I was going through the Betty Bossi site (in French or German) and, I thought it would look and taste nice in a salad (chunky vegetables have a texture I really like). The recipe I saw on the site served it with tomatoes but as I wanted to make this a main dish I replaced them with quinoa, onions, goat cheese and hazelnuts.

Zucchini and Quinoa Salad

Zucchini and Quinoa Salad


Recipe for 4 as a main meal or 8 as a starter

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 12-20 min



4 small to medium zucchini

160 g quinoa

4 tbsp. olive oil + more to brush the zucchini

2 tbsp. hazelnut oil

2 tbsp. cider vinegar

salt and pepper

2 tbsp. chopped parsley

1 small red onion

100 g fresh goat cheese

1-handful hazelnuts (preferably dry roasted)



After washing and drying the zucchini, cut them in half lengthwise and then, always lengthwise, cut each half into three equal parts. Brush the zucchini with olive oil. Heat a griddle pan (if you don’t have one use a normal one instead) and add the zucchini slices to colour on all sides on a medium fire. I did it in more batches and once a few pieces were ready, I seasoned with salt and set them aside.

Meanwhile cook the quinoa in two times its volume in water with a little salt for about 10 min. Should there be any, remove excess water.

For the dressing mix together the 4tbsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp. hazelnut oil, the 2 tbsp. cider vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add half of the dressing to the cooked quinoa along with the chopped parsley. Finely chop the onion and add it to the quinoa too.

Roughly chop the hazelnuts.

Place six zucchini strips on each plate, on top add the quinoa, now crumble the goat cheese before adding the hazelnuts. To finish, drizzle the remaining dressing on each dish.

Salad with Double Cheese Polenta Croutons

Salad with Double Cheese Polenta Croutons I admit that this salad is a good excuse for the polenta croutons. A few months ago I was in my tiny kitchen and gave the polenta croutons, I was not too happy with the result but I stored the idea. A few days ago I reconsidered the idea, put it into practice and this time I liked the result much better, especially with a little cheese… Continue reading

This dish went perfectly well with the sunny weather we’ve finally had these past few days. Yes, this summer’s vitamin D development has not been intense, in the whole of Switzerland apparently. With this energy is up high and since my ankle hasn’t really healed yet, instead of going for my usual run it’s great to go for a stroll near the river, under the trees. When I am there I always start thinking about how in the past people seeing such sceneries would imagine and make up fairy-tales. If you want to see what I mean here is the link to the Valle Maggia site, meawhile this are a couple of pictures I took about one month ago during one of my walks.

Maggia River Maggia River


Salad with Double Cheese Polenta Croutons


Salad with Double Cheese Polenta Croutons


Recipe for 4

Prep time: 10 min (+cooling time)

Cook time: 20 min



100 g fine polenta

5 dl stock

50 g Gruyere cheese

40 g Sbrinz cheese

140 g cherry tomatoes

80 g arugula

3-4 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper



Cook the polenta with the stock according to package instructions, once done add the Gruyère and mix until it has melted. Leave the polenta to cool. I used a small pan and left the polenta solidify in there but if you wish you can set it out on a board; the result is that your crostini will probably be smaller and/or flatter.

Cut the polenta into 2 cm cubes. Heat 1-2 tbsp olive oil on a medium fire and add the polenta cubes to brown on all sides for around 12-14 min.

Meanwhile slice the spring onion and prepare the dressing with 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. Put the salad together with the cherry tomatoes, arugula spring onion and dressing; toss.

Once the polenta cubes have coloured remove the pan from the fire, sprinkle the grated Sbrinz on top and quickly toss.

Serve the salad and on top place the polenta croutons.

Borlotti Bean and Aubergine Salad

Borlotti Bean and Aubergine Salad This is the kind of dish I love making for myself in summer. Continue reading

First my dog is not trying to get a piece of it because there is no meat and secondly I cannot do it when my boyfriend is home because he cannot eat aubergines. Did I just put my dog in front of my boyfriend? Apparently I did, but then , I only see him about once a week (my boyfriend, not the dog) and this leaves me the freedom to make all recipes I enjoy. Since it was some time I had not made any dish with beans, I thought it would be a good idea. When I don’t plan meals I end up using the canned form but when I do I always feel a little guilty because of the bisphenol-A. This time my conscience was clean as I went all the way and soaked my beans and cooked them the following day. For this recipe I combined ingredients I enjoy (I especially like the aubergine walnut combination) and the end result turned out to be a real treat.

Borlotti Bean and Aubergine Salad


Borlotti Bean and Aubergine Salad


Recipe for 4

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 15 min



450 g cooked borlotti (the canned ones will also do the trick)

6-7cherry tomatoes

1 large aubergine

2 tbsp chopped basil

7-8 dry roasted walnut kernels

2 garlic cloves

2 tbsp lemon juice

4 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper

1 spring onion



Heat oven at 240°

Cut the aubergine into cubes of about 1.5 cm. With the blade of a knife crush the garlic. Place both ingredients in a baking dish with two tbsp. olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika to taste. Toss and cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Toss the vegetables half way through the roasting process.

Meanwhile chop the spring onion and the walnut kernels and quarter the cherry tomatoes.

In a bowl make the vinaigrette bay combining the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Remove the aubergines from the oven and add them to the salad dressing bowl with the borlotti beans, the basil and the walnut kernels and the tomatoes. Toss and on top add the chopped spring onions. Serve.


Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad

Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad I just wanted to begin by saying that this is my 100th post! Continue reading

It’s been a while since I last made a Carpaccio so this week I felt the timing was good: it’s getting warmer and this type of dish goes well with the weather. I chose these ingredients because they remind me of Spain. Despite the fact that I love Spanish food, we have recently decided we’ll spend our summer holiday there. First stop will be in Barcelona and then we’ll travel down to Marbella. Like most of the time the first part of the holiday is about cultural visits and the second one is about exposing our pale legs to the sun (and mine in the bars at night).

This is a simple recipe; the only lengthy part is the cooking of the bell pepper. To save some time, the pepper can be made the day ahead so that the rest of the recipe is ready in no time.

Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad


Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad


Recipe for 4

Prep time: 30 min

Cook time: 40 min



4 chicken breasts

4 Red Bell Peppers

2 tbsp dry roasted slivered almonds

1-1,5 tsp paprika (sweet or spicy or a combination of the two)

½ tsp granulated garlic

Lemon juice

Salt and Pepper

4 tbsp olive oil + 2 tbsp for frying the chicken

2 tbsp sherry vinegar

1-2 spring onions

2 tbsp chopped parsley



Heat oven at 200°C.

On a baking tray lined with tin foil and then with baking paper place the bell peppers. Cook in the oven for about 40 min turning the vegetables after 20 min.

Meanwhile take the chicken breasts dry them with a piece of kitchen paper and rub them with the paprika and granulated garlic, add the lemon juice, cover and set aside for 15-20 min.

Prepare the dressing with the 2 tbsp olive oil, the tbsp of sherry vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Thinly slice the spring onion. Set all aside.

Take the chicken breasts, tap them dry with kitchen paper, add salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a pan and place the chicken on a high heat to sear on both sides. If you have an oven proof pan, after searing the meat place it in the oven until cooked though (for about 4 min), if not, continue cooking on the stove at a lower heat until done. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.

Once the bell peppers are done remove the stem (with the seeds) and the skin and cut them into pieces of about 3-4 cm per side. Cut the chicken at an angle making slices that are around 4mm thick.

On each serving plate, place in a round shape alternating between two slices of chicken and one of bell pepper. Now sprinkle on the slivered almonds, spring onions and parsley. Finish by drizzling the dressing on top.


Chicken Salad with Radishes Walnuts and a Goat Cheese Dressing – Salade de Poulet Radis et Noix Avec Vinaigrette au Fromage de Chèvre

Chicken Radish and Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing I like my once a week lunch moment with my mother because we like the same flavours and light, simple dishes. Continue reading

Last week, before I left for my weekend I had time to meet up with her and made this salad. As I prepared lunch I began thinking that I’m glad that in the past few years I have rediscovered radishes as an ingredient. I told my mother that the only other time in my life I had them regularly was as a child. I would eat them with just a little salt and I used to find them delicious. If I was a bit peckish before a meal that would be one allowed snack. I used to be a chubby kid anyway but at least I was healthy one. All this was before I became anorexic at the age of twelve where radishes only could have been a lunch. But this is another story… In this recipe I like the spicy kick and crunchiness radishes have; they go really well with the creamy goat cheese dressing and the walnuts. This salad with a piece of bread makes a light but complete meal.Chicken Radish and Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing


Chicken Salad with Radishes, Walnuts and a Goat Cheese Dressing

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 6-8 min


For the salad:

4 chicken breasts

2 tbsp olive oil

8 radishes

1-2 spring onions

12 walnut kernels dry roasted


For the dressing:

2.5 tbsp fresh goat cheese

3 tbsp white wine vinegar

4 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp water

Salt and pepper



Thinly slice the radishes and spring onion(s). Roughly chop the walnuts.

For the dressing mix all the ingredients together and set aside.

Cut the chicken into 2 cm chunks and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan and place the chicken bits to brown on all sides.

In a bowl combine the radishes, spring onion, lambs lettuce, walnuts and chicken. Pour over the dressing, toss and serve with some fresh bread.



Version Française

Chicken Radish and Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese DressingJ’aime mon une fois par semaine moment du midi avec ma mère parce que on a les mêmes gouts et on apprécie les plats simples et légers. La semaine dernière que je parte pour mon weekend on a eu le temps de se voir et j’ai préparé cette salade. Pendant que je préparais le repas j’ai pensé que j’étais contente d’avoir redécouvert ce légume ces dernières années. J’ai dit à ma mère que la seule autre fois dans ma vie ou j’en mangeais régulièrement c’était étant enfant. Je les mangeais toujours avec un peu de sel et je les adorais.  Si j’avais faim avant un repas ça c’était un des petits snack autorisés. J’était de toute façon une petite fille bien ronde mais au moins j’étais en bonne santé. Tout ça c’était avant que je devienne anorexique à l’age de douze ans ou que des radis auraient pu être mon repas. Mais ça c’est une autre histoire… Dans cette recette j’aime le côté un peu piquant e la consistance croquante du radis ; ils vont très bien avec la vinagrette au fromage de chèvre et les noix. Avec un peu de pain, cette salade constitue un repas de midi léger mais complet.

Chicken Radish and Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing

Salade de Poulet Radis et Noix Avec Vinaigrette au Fromage de Chèvre

Recette pour 4

Temps de préparation: 15 min

Temps de cuisson: 6-8 min



Pour la salade:

4 poitrines de poulet

8 radis

1-2 oignons nouveaux

12 cerneaux de noix grillées à sec

Pour la vinaigrette:

2.5 cs fromage frais de chèvre

3 cs vinaigre de vin blanc

4 cs huile d’olive

1 cs eau

Sel et poivre



Couper en fines tranches les radis et le(s) oignon(s) nouveau(x). Hacher grossièrement le noix.

Pour la vinaigrette mélanger tous les ingrédients et mettre de côté.

Couper en morceaux de environ 2 centimètres le poulet et les assaisonner avec du sel et du poivre. Chauffer 2 cs d’huile d’olive dans une poêle et y mettre le poulet à dorer de tout les côtés.

Dans un bol mettre les radis, les oignons nouveaux, la mâche, les noix et le poulet. Verser la vinaigrette par-dessus. Mélanger et servir avec un bon pain frais.


Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing / Salade de Printemps au Quinoa avec Vinaigrette à la Ricotta

Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing and Ramsons I’ve been into asparagus the whole month but this recipe is something I have already been  making about three times over the last couple of weeks. Continue reading

The most memorable I had this dish was when I could watch the view of the blossoming trees from my terrace  with some light music in the background… just relaxing and delightful. I love the freshness of this recipe and it’s a good idea for a light lunch with some fibre. The main theme in this recipe is spring’s ingredients: asparagus, peas and wild garlic. I enjoyed this salad on my terrace in this mild weather on my terrace…

Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing and RamsonsSpring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing and Ramsons


Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing 


Recipe for 4

Prep time : 10 min

Cook time : 10 min



240 g quinoa

20 asparagus stalks

160 g fresh peas

4 tbsp chopped wild garlic

1-2 sliced spring onions


For the dressing:

100 g ricotta cheese

1.2 dl lemon juice (8tbsp)

1.2 dl olive oil (8tbsp)

Zest of one lemon

Salt and pepper



To make the dressing mix all the ingredients together and set aside.

Remove the woodier part of the asparagus and with what’s left cut them at an angle into pieces of about 3 cm long.

Place the quinoa in a pan with about two times its volume in water and boil on a low heat for 10 min.

In another pan bring water to a boil add the asparagus for about 3 min. After 1-2 min add the peas to the water.  Remove the vegetables from the pan and place them in icy water.

Add the vegetables to the quinoa with the dressing the spring onions and the wild garlic. Toss and serve.



Version Française

Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing and Ramsons


J’ai bien profité des asperges pendant tout le mois mais cette recette je l’ai faite au moins deux à trios fois ces dernières trois semaines. La meilleure que j’ai dégusté ce plat c’était sur le midi, sur ma terrasse entrain de regarder le arbres entrain de fleurir, avec un peu de musique et en regardant le paysage… un moment juste relaxant et délicieux.  J’aime surtout la fraîcheur de cette recette, surtout pendant le déjeuner. J’ai beaucoup aimé la fraîcheur de cette assiette et c’est une bonne idée pour un repas léger avec une bonne dose de fibres. Le thème de cette recette sont surtout les ingrédients du printemps :asperges, petit-pois et de l’ail des ours.


Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing and Ramsons


Salade de Quinoa de Printemps et Vinaigrette à la Ricotta 


Recette pour 4

Temps de preparation: 10 min

Temps de cuisson: 10 min



240 g quinoa

20 asperges

160 g petit pois frais

4 cs ail des ours haché

1-2 oignons nouveaux coupés en lamelles


Pour la vinaigrette:

100 g ricotta

1.2 dl jus de citron (8 cs)

1.2 dl huile d’olive (8 cs)

Zeste de 1 citron

Sel et poivre




Pour faire la vinaigrette mélangez tous les ingrédients et mettre de côté.

Enlevez la partie ligneuse des asperges et les couper à un angle en pièces de environ 3 cm.

Placez le quinoa dans une casserole avec deux fois sa quantité en eau et cuire à feu bas pendant 10 min.

Porter à ébullition de l’eau dans une autre casserole et ajouter les asperges pendant  environ 3 min. Après 1-2 min ajouter les petit pois. Sortir les légumes la casserole et les mettre dans un bain glacé.

Ajouter les légumes au quinoa avec la vinaigrette les oignons nouveaux et l’ail des ours. Mélanger et servir.




Lentil Grapefruit Salad with Salmon Served in a Glass

Lentil Grapefruit and Salmon Salad Served in a Glass Despite the cold weather I felt like having something fresh and light. This past week I wanted to avoid eating too heavy but yesterday, I already broke my resolution Continue reading

when I was invited by my Italian friend Simona to eat specialities from the Valtellina: “sciatt” and pizzoccheri. The “sciatt” are buckwheat battered pieces of cheese (and so obviously they are fried). The main dish was pizzoccheri which, up to now, is a dish I have never seen served in a weight loss facility. I knew I would like it and indeed it was a truly delicious dinner and I thank her for the nice moment. Nonetheless I have broken my resolution. Today I wanted to catch up since I finally managed to have a moment with my mother so I made this recipe. I made it for her because I know these are all ingredients she really likes. We had a nice moment and almost didn’t even touch any family related matters. Around a glass of white wine we enjoyed this salad while my dog was making herself get noticed, hoping we would feel generous and share our salmon.

Lentil, Grapefruit and Salmon Appetizer 3


Lentil Grapefruit Salad with Salmon Served in a Glass


Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 25 min

For 4 portions



120g green lentils

2 tbsp olive oil

100g Greek yogurt

2 tbsp chopped parley

80-100 g smoked salmon

2 spring onions

2 small grapefruits

Cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper

2 tbsp lemon juice



Cook the lentils in two times their volume in water for 25 minutes. Once ready, add the olive oil, the cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste and set aside to cool.

Mix the yogurt with parsley and set aside. Cut the smoked salmon into small pieces.

Slice the spring onions. Cut the top and bottom off the grapefruit and then with a knife remove the skin following the shape of the fruit. Remove each section by cutting along the membrane. Keep any of the juices dripping from the grapefruit. Cut each section into two or three parts and add them to the lentils along with the spring onions. Add grapefruit juice mix and correct taste with cayenne pepper, salt and pepper if needed.

In a glass place the lentil salad, on top place the yogurt with the parsley and then the salmon. Drizzle with a bit of lemon juice and repeat the operation for the other three glasses. Serve.

Winter Barley Salad

Winter Barley Salad 3It was nice to spend a few days on the lighter side after the Christmas holidays. The food was delicious there but I missed having my usual load of veggies. I spent one week eating things I like but filled with good stuff. Continue reading

I know that Fabio, a friend of mine went through a one week juice detox. It’s a good thing but personally I like to use as many sense I can when I eat. I guess my admiration towards Fabio is even greater because I know the passion of good food is something we have in common.

The other day I was reading through blogs and I saw The Paddington Foodie’s recipe of “Roasted Beetroot and Carrot Salad With Puy Lentils, Rocket and Feta” : I felt a craving for the carrot beetroot combination. With my head in the kitchen cupboard I was looking for ideas, when I found some barley and began putting this recipe together. In the end this recipe came together very spontaneously. I like these moments because I am always curious to taste the end result.

Winter Barley Salad 1

Winter Barley Salad


Recipe  for 2-3

Prep time : 15-20 minutes

Cook time: 35-40 minutes


Ingredients :

60 g pearl barley

200 g carrots

1 small onion

½ tsp thyme

3 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp cider vinegar

1 orange

150 beetroot

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 small handful roughly chopped walnuts



Preheat oven at 220°C.

Put the barley into a pan and add four times its amount of water with some salt. Bring to a boil, cover and cook on low heat for 35-40 minutes (water should have absorbed by then).

Peel the carrot and quarter them. Cut into pieces of about 3 cm. Cut the onion in half and then each half into four parts, divide them up. I an oven proof dish add the carrots the onions 1 tbsp olive oil, dry thyme, salt and pepper. Mix and place in the oven for about 30 min, until they are lightly charred.

For the dressing mix the tbsp cider vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper.

Cut the beetroot into cubes of 1.5 cm. With a knife remove the orange peel and cut out each section. Divide each section in two.

Once the carrots and the barley are ready mix them with the beet root, the orange, the parsley, the walnuts and the dressing. Toss and serve.