|Recipe of the week...|
... Indian Goat's Cheese Salad
Ingredients: 1 garlic clove, 125g soft goats’ cheese, 1 lime, 1 red chilli, 1 red onion, 15g fresh root ginger, 1 teaspoon nigella seeds, 100g baby leaf salad, 300g sweet potatoes, 20g fresh coriander, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper
Time taken: 40 minutes max
Serves: 2 super filing, super healthy, super tasty portions
Happy Thursday! How are you today? And this week, in general? Are you having a good one? I think I’m having a good week, readers! There’s been a cheese n wine night which is ALWAYS cause for celebration – had a fab night munching cheese with the girls. And I’m storming on with my newfound knitting hobby while watching Fortitude.. quite getting into the knitting! It’s easier to enjoy once you’ve learned the basics.
Then this morning I dramatically reversed my car into another car while trying to park at work – doh! So, now my white car is a bit red and someone’s red car is a bit white. And it was scary for half an hour or so while I recovered from the shock. But it turns out I’ve scraped the car of an angel! This person doesn’t want any help repairing their car and they don’t seem upset about the damage. They text me that it’s cool. And my faith in human beings is restored – what a guy!
And it’s almost the weekend, readers, which I think I’m about ready for!! How about you? Have you got much lined up for the weekend? I’m going to struggle to top the last one – I brunched with friends, and walked in the peaks with my Father Bear, and got myself a HUMONGOUS cakeaway and took it to the cinema. Watched ‘The Glass Castle’ – a cracking film. Can such a good weekend be beaten?? We shall see!
Let’s talk food, readers, as I’ve been mulling this over again these past few days. Following on from my last blog post, in which I tackled the first of three ways to overcome an emotional eating habit loop, as suggested by Rachel at re:wellbeing…
1. Address the cues
2. Increase wellbeing
3. Change the behaviour
… I’ve since been thinking through Rachel’s ideas on ways we can increase our wellbeing. Because, in my mind, this is so important! Don’t you think, readers? So many of us – especially women, in my opinion – are resigned to putting ourselves at the bottom of the pile and prioritising anything and everything over our own wellbeing. Why is it that we always come last, even with ourselves? How is that fair?
Sometimes, it isn't always going to be possible to remove or change the cues and triggers that cause emotional eating. As such, it can help to build wellbeing and self-care activities into your life. Self-care doesn't just mean booking a massage, it’s much broader and is about having your needs met – including physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. When your needs are met then negative emotions can be felt less frequently and intensely, and you find yourself better equipped to deal with them (without turning to food) if they arise.
And, thinking beyond food habits, wellbeing and self-care activities can help people to function better in all areas of life. Sometimes, we can be so busy we forget to take time for ourselves, or we feel selfish for making 'me' time, but it's important. Both for mental and physical health, and for our relationships, too.
Think about how easily you’re irritated when you’re hungry, or if you slept badly, or you’re stressed out? Dragon You doesn’t only impact on your own day, but also on those around you as well. And nobody wants that! Give it a think – are your current self-care activities working? What activities give you a sense of wellbeing? Are there loads or just a few? How often do you make time for these activities?
Which emotions do you need to feel or would you like to feel more often? What activities could you do to fulfil your needs – both physical and emotional? When and how can you make time for wellbeing and self-care? How can you make it part of your daily or weekly routine?
Seriously, readers, what would have to change for you to be able to make space for these wellbeing and self-care activities in your life? Maybe it’s going to require a shake-up of your beliefs surrounding self-care? I say, go for it! Maybe you need to ask for help, allocate a budget, join a club… go go go for it!
As Rachel, at re:wellbeing, spells out for us…
“Building more activities into your life which improve your wellbeing in terms of physical and mental health can help you to:
- experience negative emotions less often
- be better able to deal with negative emotions that do arise
- live a happy life”
Simples? I hope you’re inspired, readers, to make at least a small change to increase your self-care. It doesn’t need to be anything big – everyday activities, including yoga, can affect your wellbeing. And I’m a big believer in yoga! Practicing yoga is really great for helping you to feel grounded and in the moment, putting the day and your worries behind you. It helps you to know your body, and yoga’s also been linked with reducing anxiety and depression.
I think some yoga may be required after my dramatic bump in the car earlier!! And perhaps a little more care for my car in the future, as well as self-care! … but seriously, readers, do take care of yourselves. And remember how important it is to do so. One sure fire way to treat yourself with kindness? Cook great food! Feed yourself something healthy and delicious!
My recipe of the week, this week, readers, is a Gousto recipe for an Indian Goats' Cheese Salad and it’s a smashing recipe if you’re looking to eat something healthy and great-tasting, too. That perfect balance of cheese and leaves! Feast your eyes – here’s the recipe in just ten simple steps…
Recipe: Indian Goats' Cheese Salad
1. Treat yourself to a few minutes deep breathing, concentrating on each breath in and out, as you open the windows, pour a drink and gather your ingredients together on the kitchen counter.
2. Heat the oven to 200C and chop the sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces, leaving the skin on. Cut the red onion into quarters, leaving the skins and root on.
ChefBeHere Top Tip: According to Gousto, leaving the skins and root on an onion while it roasts, stop the onion from drying out and falling apart – I would have known that!
3. Add the chopped sweet potato and onion quarters to a baking tray, drizzle with cooking oil, and season with generous pinches of salt and pepper. Carefully transport your tray into the oven to roast for 20-30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, you can be prepping veg! Pick a few coriander leaves and set them aside for now, to use as garnish later. Chop the remaining coriander finely, including the stalks. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Cut the red chilli in half lengthways, deseed and chop finely.
ChefBeHere Top Tip: You can make good use of a teaspoon here! It can be used to peel the ginger (just scrape the skin off with your teaspoon) and to deseed the red chilli (scrape the seeds out with the same teaspoon).
5. Next, you’re going to make your chutney. Add the chopped coriander, garlic, ginger and chilli to a pestle and mortar and grind to a paste. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil and the juice of half a lime, and mix to combine. The season with a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar – this is your spicy green chutney.
6. Time to sort your dressing! In a small bowl, combine the juice of the remaining half a lime with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with generous pinches of salt and pepper – this is your dressing.
ChefBeHere Top Tip: Don’t forget about your veg in the oven! Once the onion is tender and the sweet potato is cooked and starting to crisp, you can safely remove from the oven and leave to cool in the baking tray for a few minutes. Turn the oven off.
7. While your veg cool a little, spread the nigella seeds over a chopping board. Roll your block of goats’ cheese in the nigella seeds until evenly coated and dotty as a Dalmatian.
8. Once you won’t burn your fingertips, carefully remove the skins from the cooked onion by cutting off the root and peeling off their skins. Then you can separate the onion quarters into petals.
ChefBeHere Top Tip: If – like me – you’re not a fan of greasy foods, take a moment now to tip your sweet potato out on some kitchen roll and pat dry to remove any excess oil.
9. Add the onion petals, sweet potato chunks and baby leaf salad to a large bowl and toss everything with the dressing. In your hands, break the goats’ cheese into small pieces and spread over the bowlful of salad.
10. Garnish the salad with your reserved coriander leaves and dollop with spicy green chutney. Set the table with dinner plates and cutlery, and top up your drinks, then tuck into this colourful, summery tea!
|So many brilliant colours on one plate 😃|
In the words of Gousto…
“In this Indian salad, mixed baby leaves are tossed in a zingy lime dressing with roasted sweet potato and red onion petals. You’ll roll our creamy goats’ cheese in aromatic nigella seeds and break it up over the salad. All topped with a homemade bright green coriander, ginger, chilli and lime chutney which adds a zingy-spicy kick.”
What do you think, readers? Would you give this recipe a try?? Only forty minutes of your evening required… and you can have a wine on the go that whole time! Plus, there’s only really one unusual ingredient (I’m thinking: nigella seeds) involved in this week’s recipe. Everything else is pretty much standard supermarket fodder.
And this is a bit fancier than a pizza, isn’t it? C’mon! What a great looking plateful of food! I think this salad both looks and tastes great, readers, another triumph from Gousto. And the pride that comes with eating a salad where you’ve made the dressing all by yourself is pretty cool, I say.
Let me know, readers, if you give this salad recipe a try. How did it go in the kitchen? Did you like it? And have a wonderful weekend, readers! Take care in your cars and DEFINITELY get the cake.
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I’d like to note, the above is part of a series of posts that I’m currently having fun writing, while undertaking a fresh start with food. Food bloggers can’t admit they got bored with food, you say? Well, I beg to differ! In August 2017, I made two wonderful decisions; I signed up for Gousto – a food delivery company who send recipes and ingredients in the post – and I began a health & wellness program to transform my food habits, with Rachel of re:Wellbeing. In this blog post, and others like it, I share one of the wonderful recipe that I’m taking on, and an idea that I’m exploring as part of this fresh start.
If you would like to find out more about Gousto, please visit https://www.gousto.co.uk/
(I have a sneaky discount code! If you’re new to Gousto, then click HERE for 50% off your first 2 boxes and I’ll get a discount too for referring you… so errrrybody wins)
And, if you would like to learn more about re:Wellbeing, then visit https://www.rewellbeing.com/