I want everything in my salad!

It’s still very hot and humid where I live and having survived 90% humidity last night at the Eye of the Tiger comedy show that took place OUTDOORS despite the heat, I thought that today for lunch I should have something juicy and refreshing and cold. Easy. A salad with everything in it!


For this appetizing and refreshing salad, I used cucumber, tomato, broccoli, white mushrooms, sliced green and black olives, green pepper, feta cheese and grilled chicken breast.

I had marinated the chicken breast last night overnight with balsamic vinegar, a shy dash of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt, garlic powder and oreganoWhile I was chopping the vegetables, I grilled the breast in a stick-proof pan. The chicken meat was very tender and it had absorbed all the flavor from the vinegar. A great topper for this colorful salad.

For the dressing, I used freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil and again a sprinkle of salt and oregano.

You can basically add anything (or take out what you do not like) to this salad. But my advice is to leave the feta and olives; they give the salad a different twist.

Grilled Fish with Spiced Rice

Ingredients (for two):
- 1 cup of basmati rice
- 1 Tbsp of oil
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 cups of water
- salt
- 2 fish fillet
- Slices of lemon
- Crushed coriander seeds
- Oregano
- Salt and pepper
- Cilantro for garnishing

Method:
- Fry the garlic with the turmeric and the mixed spice.
- Add the rice. Stir well until the rice is well coated with the yellow turmeric.
- Add the water and salt, when it boils, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the water has evaporated and the rice is fluffy.
- To prepare the fish, coat the fish well with the crushed coriander seeds, oregano, salt and pepper.
- In a heated stick-proof pan, grill the fish with the slices of lemon on top. Grill until both sides are golden.
- Serve the rice with the fish on the side. Garnish with cilantro.

A really light meal, great with a glass of cold white wine.

Cranberry and Blackberry Muffins

I have NO idea what has gotten into me, but I am suddenly baking different kinds of muffins NONSTOP! They are so easy to prepare and they bake so fast and they look so cute. They’re great for any and every occasion.

Cranberry and Blackberry Muffins

Ingredients (make 6 muffins):
- 1 cup sifted flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg, whisked
- 3 Tbsp oil
- 1/2 cup milk (or less)
- 3/4 cup berries (cranberries and blackberries – I used frozen)

Method:
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- In another bowl, mix the egg with the oil and milk. Whisk together.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Add the berries. Mix well.
- Pour into muffin cups.
- Bake for 25 minutes.

And you’ll have the cutest muffins to have with your cup of coffee or tea for breakfast or even in the afternoon with a glass of homemade orange iced tea.

Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cute little muffins! And so easy to do! The eight of them will be ready in less than an hour.


Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:
- 1 cup sifted flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg, whisked
- 4 Tbsp oil
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- 2 bananas, preferably very ripe, mashed
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Method:
- Preheat oven to 160C.
- Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the whisked egg and oil. Mix well. Add the mashed bananas and walnuts. Mix well. Add the chocolate chips
- Place in muffin cups.
- Bake for 25 minutes.

I love them!

Orange Iced Tea

Useful confession: I love glass jars.

And to make a glass jar look its best, I filled it with one of my favorite summer drinks: ICED TEA! I had leftover Earl Grey tea from the night before, and knowing me, I do not like to throw what I can easily reuse, so I chilled the tea overnight, and the next morning I added a little bit of brown sugar, a squeeze of orange juice and a few mint leaves. And what a result! One of the best thirst-quenching drinks you can have on a 40C-hot afternoon!



Strawberry and Oat Muffins

STRAWBERRY AND OAT MUFFINS
Ingredients (make 10 muffins)
- 1 heaped cup of flour
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup strawberries
-100g melted butter
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg, whisked

Method
- Preheat the oven to 200C.
- Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.
- Add the melted butter, whisked egg and milk. Mix well.
- Add the strawberries. Mix well.
- Pour into paper muffin cups and fit in a muffin tray.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins rise and are dry from the inside.

Enjoy with a a glass of lemonade or a glass of cold milk!

Meet Charlie

Charlie wants to be a queen (queens are powerful, you know) so she can change the world for the better. She wants all children to to go to school and every grandpa and grandma to live forever so they can tell her stories and make her laugh. These things would really make her happy and make the world a better place to live in, in Charlie’s royal opinion that is.

Fruits

are the best thing you can have in the summer heat when temperature are as high as 40C.

Whether it’s a modest green apple or an exotic pineapple, make sure to have at least 3 pieces of fruit a day as fruits are rich in water and essential fibers and vitamins.

My favorites are my dear friends in the photo: the pear, the apple and the peach!