Salads

Honeyed Fig Salad with Goat Cheese, Raspberries and Pistachios

Honeyed Fig Salad with Goat Cheese, Raspberries and Pistachios

Yesterday I tried figs for the first time ever! I covered them in warm honey and served them with mascarpone and lemon, and they were pretty delicious… until I added rosemary, and kind of ruined the recipe–the little pieces were sharp!! (What was I thinking?)

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Home made pitas & Falafel with Cucumber Tomato Salad

Home made pitas & Falafel with Cucumber Tomato Salad

I love mediterranean food. Growing up, my family travelled to the mediterranean quite a bit, since it was right next door to England where I grew up–and even as a kid I loved trying all the different kinds of foods whenever we travelled. Then this weekend my husband and I went on a date to a delicious mediterranean restaurant/winery in tricities, and although we were probably the only ones there not drinking wine, we absolutely loved everything they served! There’s just something so perfect about mediterranean food in the Spring and summer, which is why I had to go home and learn how to make some!

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans and Raspberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans and Raspberry Vinaigrette

If you ask an English person what they think about American cuisine, they’ll probably say fast food: burgers, fries, shakes, and hot-dogs, and yet–after living in America for quite some time, I have come to realize that Americans are actually pretty obsessed with salads! I don’t know if this is just the region in which I live, or the family’s tradition in which I married into, or the types of restaurants I sometimes visit–but Americans love their salads and have just about every variety you can think of.

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Greek Salad with Seasoned Pita Bread

Greek Salad with Seasoned Pita Bread

My husband and I have been on a health kick all week! There’s just something about a beach vacation that motivates you to get into shape, so along with our new work outs we’ve been trying to eat a little healthier. He’s doing a lot better than me–but i’m still pretty proud of myself! I haven’t had a single soda all week (i’m a diet-coke-a-holic) and I don’t think i’ve had any candy either… so I feel great and i’m almost a size 4, which I haven’t been since I was a teenager, so i’m pretty excited!! Last night I decided to make a yummy, healthy salad from my Martha Stewart’s healthy food fast cookbook (which everyone should own!) The flat breads were SO yummy I ended up eating mine AND my hubby’s (because he isn’t eating complex carbs)! Then he said: “Why can you eat more than me, and still be thinner?” (I do usually out eat him, and he’s 6’2!) That’s embarrassing. But I think it has something to do with running around chasing toddlers all day everyday and doing housework until i’m red in the face!

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Crisp Goat Cheese Salad

Crisp Goat Cheese Salad

This weekend my Father in law text me and told me to pack my bikini because we’re going to Hawaii!! I pretty much danced around my house for 10 minutes before his next message read: “Psyche!” Then I told him it wasn’t April fool’s day until tomorrow… and he said: “Well, shoot! I guess I wasn’t joking!” {Which of course I knew! He’s a big joker, but he’s not mean!} Then after all the excitement started dying down, I started worrying about all the little things… including how I need to get in shape if i’m going to be on the beach for a week {in a tankini}