Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad with Sweet Soy Dressing

You may notice that salads become a regular fixture ’round these parts with the arrival of summer. Perth has been showing off with high temps and gloriously sunny days lately, this excites me not only because I love the heat, but I love what summer brings with it. Sun-kissed skin, sandals with brightly coloured toenails peering through, singlets and airy skirts, and of course, deliciously light food.

Salads don’t have to be ‘rabbit food’, the options these days are simply endless. And despite popular belief, I think you can make friends with salad. There are no rules with salad, add whatever you like. Pile it high with your favourite vegetables, roasted seeds and nuts, homemade dressing. Salads appear on our dinner table daily in summer, but each one is different from the last.

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January 18, 2014 - 8:10 pm

cindy - Just beautiful. Have pinned it to pinterest immediately.

January 20, 2014 - 1:02 am

Alanna - What a beautiful and unique salad! It sounds delicious and so healthy. Mmm!

January 25, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Emilie@TheCleverCarrot - I love salads like this- simply, yet hearty. Looks absolutely delicious as I love all things cauliflower too! Enjoy the your beautiful summer days… we’re piled under a ton of snow :)

January 26, 2014 - 11:09 am

George - Found this on Pinterest. Tried it tonight. OH WOW, WONDERFUL.
The dressing is so easy and soooo good. Top marks for this one.

January 26, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Justagirlfromaamchimumbai - Believe it or not I made a Cauliflower salad the other day and have a draft ready to post. I love your salad, it looks so refreshing and delicious, feel like grabbing a fork and digging in.

January 29, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you for sharing Cindy.

January 29, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Alanna, it is most certainly full of taste and delightful textures.

January 29, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Peggy Saas - It’s so strange to imagine you’re under a pile of snow Emilie, when in the thick of summer it just feels like the world would be experiencing the same. Salads are definitely more enjoyable in the warmer months. Keep warm!

January 29, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks George, nice to know it worked out well. Thanks for letting me know.

January 29, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Bhavna. I look forward to seeing your version too, great minds hey! ;)

February 12, 2014 - 9:36 am

Melinda - I personally LOVE salads. Especially with chickpeas and rocket – YUM. Everybody sing! “You CAN make friends with salad!”

Spiced Mini Burgers with Homemade Buns

I’m not sure about you, but I reckon homemade burgers are the best. I have read about burger connoisseurs that have mastered the secret to the perfect burger, of course I’d love to try one of their creations. But until then, I don’t mind making my own. 

I think the basics of a sensational burger are good mince, the right meat to condiment ratio and how you layer that thing up. I’m not a fan of soggy lettuce, so if I get what would be a fantastic burger and the lettuce is all hot and wilted, I lose interest pretty fast. Putting the lettuce below the patty just won’t work. The cheese also needs to be melted, and the onion caramelised or at the very least fried a little. In this burger I used red onion and I kept it raw as I love raw red onion. However if I was to add brown onion I would definitely fry it first.

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January 16, 2014 - 8:44 am

Vanessa - Ok, well I’m hungry now :)

January 17, 2014 - 5:09 am

Tessa : Down that Little Lane - I assume you use beef but would you pork work as well with these ingredients? I am not a fan of beef unless as a steak :)

January 17, 2014 - 8:41 am

Peggy Saas - Time to make some hamburgers Vanessa. That’s the problem with perusing food blogs huh, all the food makes ya hungry!

January 17, 2014 - 8:45 am

Peggy Saas - I did use beef here but would also use lamb mince. I don’t eat pork so I can’t say, but I can imagine these flavours would work with a different type of meat. I interchange lamb and beef in curries with the same ingredients, so yeah, go for it Tessa.

January 22, 2014 - 1:18 pm

angelica | table twenty eight - It’s been FAR to long since I’ve made a batch of homemade burgers… As soon as it’s cool enough to turn my oven on again (it’s a sauna-like 38 degrees today), I really want to give your lovely burger bun recipe a go!

January 29, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Peggy Saas - Go for it Angelica, so easy and so delightful! I was pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out. And yes, wait for the temp to turn down, nothing worse than cranking the oven on a hot day!

The Easiest Lunch Order Ever Courtesy of EatNow // Sponsored Post

When I worked full time, takeaway meals became a regular thing. I was pressed for time so found the convenience of takeaway helpful during my crazy busy week. Now however, I have plenty of time to cook and I like it that way. Lucky me.

Takeaway meals have now become a treat, and I can say we tend to enjoy them more so as they offer a change to what comes out of our kitchen, not just a meal to fill the tummy during a busy day. We are creatures of habit and seem to always order from the same places. But this weekend I decided to try something different thanks to EatNow.

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The Silkiest Pate You Ever Did Try!

I have no trouble accepting samples of products, especially when they are locally produced by good people. You know the people I mean; the hardworking, not trying to cut corners to make a buck people using local produce to support fellow producers, and just downright kind folks. Such are the people at Poach Pear.

I met Marissa, owner of Poach Pear, at the very delightful Piccos Kitchen in Maylands. Live near there? I suggest you visit. Great coffee and a fabulous assortment of sweet and savoury plates on offer. Marissa and I sat down to talk all things Poach Pear. I draw mountains of inspiration from people like Marissa that have broken out of the ‘norm’ and are living their dream, doing what they love most. 

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Homemade Mini Burger Buns

I come from a family of bread lovers. I eat it daily, and over the years I have become somewhat fussy given how much bread we eat. Lately I have been thinking that I should really start making my own bread given the lack of fresh bread options at the supermarket these days, or rather an abundance of options but none that really please the diehard bread lover.

One thing I especially wanted to try making myself was burger buns. I am not keen on the squishy burger and hotdog buns available at the supermarket, and I am not really partial to making an extra trip to the bakery every few days. I have been thinking lately about our eating habits and have decided this year I am going to spend more time making whatever I can from scratch. I don’t own a thermomix, in fact I don’t even have a mixer that can knead dough, so a lot of what I do will be by hand, and mostly definitely made with a whole lotta love.

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January 5, 2014 - 10:16 am

angelica | table twenty eight - Those burgers looks fabulous – I’ve wanted a really good burger bun recipe for a while, so will have to give this a go…

January 5, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Angelica. I was surprised at how well they turned out, plus how easy they were to make!

January 6, 2014 - 9:04 am

Linda - These are so awesome. Hope you can link these to What’d You Do This Weekend tomorrow.

Wishes for tasty dishes,
Linda

January 8, 2014 - 2:12 am

Emilie@TheCleverCarrot - I couldn’t agree with you more! We come from a family of bread lovers as well, and that’s what motivated me to take up bread baking at home. Such a rewarding experience and so much better than store bought! Your recipe and photos are lovely :)

January 9, 2014 - 1:49 am

Stephanie - These really are the cutest buns ever! Homemade bread is such a wonderful comfort. Can’t wait to try and make these for myself!

January 15, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Spiced Mini Burgers with Homemade Buns » cake crumbs & beach sand - [...] You can find the bun recipe from my previous post here.  [...]