Grains and Pulses

Cracked Wheat Gazpacho Salad

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Cracked Wheat Gazpacho Salad.

 

34 ° and its too hot to cook – here is a delicious no cook salad for summer heatwaves when turning on the oven is more than you can bear.  Serve it very simply with and a fresh green salad and something like a cool fresh mozzarella sliced and scattered with fresh herbs, and drizzled with fragrant olive oil. Or with cold cuts, cold poached salmon, prawns or simple antipasti. This beautiful salad also makes an ideal accompaniment to another of Stirring Stuffs no cook salads –  Tarragon chicken mayonnaise with grapes  . Continue reading

Whole grain basmati pilav with cashewnuts and apricot

Beetroot Curry served with whole grain pilaf and coconut lime chutney

Beetroot Curry served with whole grain pilaf and coconut lime chutney

 A tasty and nutritious alternative to simple boiled rice. The nuts adding protein to vegetarian curry accompaniments and the sweetness of the apricot helping to mellow the heat of chilli.  The secret to fluffy rice with separate grains is it not a rice cooker but a tea towel !- It works every time. Continue reading

Italian style Beef Casserole served with Cheese Polenta

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Italian style Beef Casserole served with cheesy Polenta

An elegant Beef Casserole for spring and summer dining. The rosemary and sage give  a quintessential Italian feel and the capers add a lively piquancy that blend beautifully with the rich cheese polenta accompaniment.

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