Wednesday 25 February 2015

Moroccan Carrot and Orange Salad

A little while ago, Bodnant asked me to appear in a short video to promote my cookery courses. It was my first attempt at a cookery video so I was naturally a bit apprehensive!   However it turned out to be lots of fun and was all done in one take!  

The brief for the video was to demonstrate how to make a simple dish in just three minutes!  I chose one of my favourite tried and tested recipes - a Moroccan inspired salad that is super quick and easy with very few ingredients.  It's really delicious, flavoured with wonderful spices, and full of natural goodness.  Do have a go at making it - you will find the recipe below.

The series of one day workshops I teach at Bodnant are called "Simple and Natural."  The next one is Lighten Up for Summer on Sunday 26th April 2015 when we'll be preparing some brand new recipes that I've been developing, all completely free from meat, dairy, eggs and refined sugar, and full of fresh, flavourful ingredients - guaranteed to leave you feeling lighter and brighter!  More details to follow in my next post.

Moroccan Carrot and Orange Salad

50g cashew nuts
250g organic* carrots, washed and grated
50g unsweetened dates, chopped
One large orange, washed
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Sea salt & freshly ground pepper

Optional:   Fresh coriander


Toast the cashews by spreading them out on a large baking tray. Heat your grill to it's highest setting, then place the tray on a high shelf.  They don't take long to brown so keep an eye on them and turn once or twice.   

Make the dressing.   Finely grate about a tsp orange zest and place in a large bowl.  Then using a sharp knife, remove the peel from the orange and cut into segments removing the membrane.  Squeeze the juice from any remaining membrane into the bowl containing the zest.  Slice large orange segments in two lengthways and set aside whilst you add the olive oil, ground cumin, cinnamon and seasoning to the dressing. Mix until well blended.

Coarsely grate the carrots straight into the dressing, add the chopped dates and toss together to mix.  Scatter the cashews over the top and, if you have some handy, a few coriander leaves too.  Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 4 days.

*If using organic carrots, there’s no need to peel them.

For more information about Lighten Up for Summer click here

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