Well I hope you all had a great long bank holiday weekend (those who did have one!) It was eventful and still relaxing for us. We were over at Tom's parent's place who live in a quaint little town, about an hour and half from here. Tom was there since Wednesday as he wanted to help his dad build a few pergolas in their huge garden. Soeren and I decided to follow on Saturday with the train. I was not too keen on driving with my car and Soeren has been bugging us that he wants to go on the train, as he has never been on one. Rather funny, as he's been on a plane several times but never on a train. What can I say? So, we decided to do the route by train. It was very comfortable. No hassles with traffic and I am not sure if you are familiar with trains in Europe, but they are so clean and comfortable that one really feels at home.
We had packed a few snacks, including the Raspberry Kisses and drinks and the 2 hour journey zoomed past with a jiffy!
You can fill yourself on the rest of the weekend ranting on The Family Buzz a little later today.
I made this lovely salad last week together with those Power Potato Cakes but somehow never got around to posting it. It is a great and refreshing salad full of vitality.
The asparagus is known to be a healthy little fellow. A good source of Protein, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Selenium. It combines well with the rest of the ingredients and a great snack for warm summer days.
Also perfect for Cate's ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday.
Large helping of lamb's lettuce - cleaned and washed in cold water
Green asparagus - cut and steamed. Steam for 3-4 minutes adding the tips just 2 minutes before the time is up.
cherry tomatoes - cut in halves
handful of pine nuts - roasted in a pan with no oil
50g parmesan cheese - grated or just pieces broken off
Honey Mustard Dressing
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
juice of 1 lime
mixed herbs - finely chopped
salt and pepper
extra virgin olive oil
In a mixing bowl whisk the mustard, honey, lime juice, herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper until smooth and creamy. If it is too thick add a little bit of water. Set aside.
In a large salad bowl mix all the other ingredients together. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Place a helping on a plate and pour a little bit of the dressing over this.
I prefer adding the dressing individually as the lamb's lettuce tends to "sulk" very quickly when soaked in liquid.
As Soeren tries to avoid anything leafy as much as he possibly can he only got a few tomatoes, asparagus and some pint nuts which he enjoyed.
Tom loved the salad as it complimented the Power Potato Cakes and Salmon very well.
I love this salad with the tangy and sweet honey mustard dressing. I also know I am doing something good for my family and myself with this healthy meal.
Hope you all enjoy it too.
Oh yes ... I do know that the picture of the salad is not clear. I was experimenting with different things and found this one to be a little artistic. Don't you think?
Monthly Mingle Update: I have started to get the first dishes to this months event. It's looking good but the table is still fairly empty so hope you will join in.