Here’s a duck salad recipe perfect for special occasions and with Valentines Day around the corner, go for it!
2 Gressingham duck legs
1 carrot, peeled and grated
100g mooli, peeled and grated (optional)
1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced finely
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
150g Rachel’s Greek Style ginger yogurt
1 tbsp Hoisin sauce
1 tbsp Soy sauce Sesame seeds
Please note: Mooli is an Asian giant white radish
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
1.Heat oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas Mark 6. Score the skin of the duck legs and season. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a high heat, add the duck, skin-side down, and cook for 4 mins or until the skin is crisp. Turn over and quickly brown the underside, then transfer to a baking tray and place in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
2.Remove the duck legs from the baking tray and allow to rest, use kitchen paper to absorb excess oil.
3.Slice the duck into strips or shred from the bones.
4.Add the salad ingredients into a large bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients together and toss the two together.
5.Transfer the salad to a serving platter and add the duck pieces.
6.Drizzle over the dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
SMOKED SALMON and ASPARAGUS WITH DILL & CHIVE DRESSING is lovely at any time of year and perfect for a Valentine treat.
salmon and asparagus
350g asparagus bunch
120g smoked salmon
100g Rachel’s low fat Greek Style Natural yogurt
20g fresh dill, chopped
25g fresh chives
chopped finely Zest of 1 lemon
Salt & pepper
Dash of olive oil
1.Remove the woody ends from the asparagus by snapping the very bottom of each spear or remove the ends with a knife.
2.In a suitable pan place the asparagus spears and add cold water until they are just covered. Bring the water to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the asparagus for 3 -5 minutes until tender – check the spears with a fork before removing.
3.Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a small bowl mix the yogurt and fresh herbs, zest and seasoning and mix well.
4.Once the asparagus is tender, turn off your stove top. Remove the pan and pour the asparagus through a strainer, being careful not to burn yourself on the pan.
5.Immediately, and working quickly, layer over the slices of smoked salmon.
6.Finish with a drizzle of yogurt dressing and olive oil and serve straight away.
I love easy food hacks and am sharing some that apply to the Nutribullet.
1. Hyper-decant Wine
Letting wine breathe is nothing new, but not everyone has the resources or patience to bring a decanter to dinner. If you’ve got a high-speed blender, don’t worry about it: you can hyper-decant inexpensive wine varieties in a blender for 30-60 seconds. How cool is that?
2. Smooth And Creamy Almond Milk
Once you try this recipe for homemade Almond Milk, you’ll never want the store-bought stuff. All you need is water and almonds, then a sweetener of your choice.
Be sure to use a blender that extracts all the nutrients you need without compromising on flavor. Otherwise, what’s the point?
3. Olive Oil Mayonnaise
If you’re trying to eat dairy-free, it’s almost impossible to live without mayo. When done at home, mayo costs way less than the supermarket stuff. Try out the totally paleo friendly recipe today!
4. Best Blender Lemonade
Now before we lose you, this isn’t just lemonade, but it’s the best damn lemonade you will ever have in your entire life.
Since this recipe requires blending the lemons right in, the key is to have a blender that’ll bring out all that sweet, tangy goodness.
5. Nutrient-packed Compost
Nutrients aren’t just for your body; they’re for your plants too! This simple hack is an absolute no-brainer.
Put all your wasted food in a blender that’ll bring out all their nutrients, zap it, and pour it on the soil. It’ll look (and possibly smell) gross, but just think of how much love you’ll be putting back into your garden.
Do you have some easy food hacks?
Ginger Zinger was recently introduced by James White Drinks.
If you enjoy ginger you will love this innovative ginger shot. I love the taste now and think it will be even more refreshing as the weather warms up.
This is ginger for the true ginger lover – a 7cl shot for purists, made with 26% crushed ginger juice, 57% apple juice and 17% water and absolutely nothing else. The Ginger Zinger gives off some serious heat, enough to give you a real jolt and is a great alternative to caffeine loaded coffees and energy drinks. It’s also 100% natural (no nasty preservatives, artificial colours or flavours) and certified organic by The Soil Association.
As I try to get healthier and certainly to cut down my addiction to coffee, the Ginger Zinger can only help.
The characteristic flavour and aroma of the ginger comes from three volatile oils, namely: gingerols, shogaols and zingerone – hence the Ginger Zinger!
Apart from the taste, another factor that makes James White Drinks’ latest development so interesting is the use of pressed ginger juice, rather than ginger flavourings. The taste is quite distinct as the heat from real ginger comes more slowly and less intensively than expected. It is softer but, with 26% of the new Ginger Zinger made of ginger juice, when the zing arrives you definitely know about it!
The benefits of ginger date back thousands of years and are widely known and published to include relief from nausea and arthritis, along with the immune system boosting benefits.
James White Organic Ginger Zinger is available now, with an RRP of £1.49 for a handy 7cl shot, which can be kept in your bag or pocket ready to give you that intense pick up.
Stockists include Amazon and Planet Organic and it can also be purchased online at www.jameswhite.co.uk.
Here is green smoothie recipe featuring an old favourite avocado and a new one kale.
• 1/2 an avocado
• Juice of 1/2 a lime
• 4 ice cubes
• A handful of kale
• 1 scoop flavoured protein powder
• Place ingredients in goblet
• Screw blade attachment lid onto the goblet
• Twist goblet onto base
• Power on and turn speed up to high for about 30 seconds until the ideal consistency is reached
This recipe works well in the Kenwood Sport2Go which we are experimenting with before writing up our review. We are having lots of healthy eating fun thanks to Kenwood.