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Salads and Sunshine – Sunday

April 16, 2013

Sunday gave us the kind of hope that can only come in a change of season. Sunday I wrote about that furry belly on that slice of sunshine. With the sunshine came a rush of summer memories – and my first iced soya vanilla latte of the year. Oh gosh, it tasted good. I was so inspired by the sunshine that I spent most of the weekend eating salad!

I whipped up a potato salad – classic summer staple, and a must for all bbqs – and a warm butternut squash salad, which was incredible. I based it on this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, but replaced the tahini (my jar expired in October 2012…) with a few teaspoons of crunchy peanut butter. I saved the seeds from the butternut squash and toasted them, too.


Of course it wasn’t healthy salads all weekend! We had another summer favourite – dawgs! Such a fun dinner. Look how cute this tiny mustard bottle is! So sweet. We had ours topped with onions and sauerkraut.  I still love my junk food, but the sunshine has reminded me just how much I love fruit. Trout and I shared a mango for dessert on Sunday evening, and it was so fresh and delicious. I’ve been snacking on fruit during the day and slicing strawberries over a bowl of Alpro vanilla pouring yogurt and sprinkling muesli on top for brekka. Getting my 5-a-day is so much more fun when it includes fresh fruit and fun salads!

On Sunday I stepped out to enjoy the sunshine, and finally managed to catch some of the marathon. Every year I say I’m going to go and watch, cheer on the runners and soak up the atmosphere – but for some reason I’ve never actually managed it. I’m so glad I did! I walked along the seafront, watching the runners near the end of their run. They must have been exhausted by this point! It was so sad to hear that a young runner died during the marathon. And then to hear the reports on the Boston Marathon. It just makes my head spin – I can’t take all of these reminders of how fragile life is. It scares me silly.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Aja permalink
    April 16, 2013 5:34 pm

    I love tiny bottles of food. I have a bottle of real maple syrups about that size.
    Life is fragile, and I don’t like the reminder, either.

  2. loveheatherm permalink
    April 16, 2013 5:59 pm

    You always make me want to become a better chef. Yum!

  3. April 16, 2013 6:03 pm

    Woops! Apparently I was signed in to an old WordPress account. Hah.

    Anyways, delicious post as usual :) I’m going to a vegan potluck in a few weeks in honor of Spring finally arriving, and wanted to ask you – any favorite springtime recipes you could suggest?


    • April 17, 2013 8:29 pm

      Ooh a vegan potluck sounds like so much fun! In terms of Spring dishes, I would being some pa amb tomàquet, which is Spanish tomato bread – bake a loaf of ciabatta, and in a bowl grate a dozen or so tomatoes, stir in olive oil, salt, pepper and raw garlic then spoon onto large, open chunks of ciabatta. The two salads that I made would be great, too! You could roast some cherry tomatoes with chunks of bread, and serve with big chunks of cucumber? Some images here:

      Hope that helps!

  4. April 16, 2013 9:30 pm

    Your salad looks delish! I, too, am enjoying salads and fruit galore – strangely enough, I bought mangos and strawbs today :-) Life is so precious and it’s fragility scares me at times. Boston….oh god it gives me the shivers :-(

  5. April 17, 2013 3:28 pm

    LOOK AT RAS!!!!!!! sorry… CUTE!

    That salad looks amazing and seriously, those hot dogs!?!? I DIE! I wanted to faceplant my computer screen right here in the office! ANYWHOOOO.. glad you got to soak up some of the Brighton Marathon, being there and then what happened on Monday brings everything in reality doesn’t it!?!? It was beyond shocking….

    Hugs for you lady xxx

  6. April 19, 2013 5:20 am

    I’m always looking for new recipes! Thank you for the inspiration! This looks delicious!

    • April 19, 2013 10:16 am

      Thanks for your comment! Let me know if you make them, they taste awesome x

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