… and the bog standard

For about twenty yeays, I have been making this salad, without fail, at least twice a week. First encountered as Шопска салата in Bulgaria, it became a faithful dinner staple and one of the more helathy components of my diet over the years. There is no recipe. I just make sure the tomatoes, cucumber and pepper is of decent quality, I use sea salt and freshly ground pepper and Equal Exchange olive oil, but that’s all matter of personal taste. Ewe cheese, of course.  The basil is really just...

Super Quinoa Salad with Mirin, Sesame and Nigella Dressing

I wanted to open that box of quinoa before it turned bad. And I had bought a rather overpriced quinoa salad on M&S on various occasions. Mine was tricolour quinoa from a local health shop. First, boil the quinoa for eight minutes. The package says put two parts of water and one part of quinoa. Who cares. Just drain most water after eight minutes, then let it stand for a few minutes with a bit of water in the pot. Throw some boiling water over some frozen...