Today’s recipe is going to be a simple Tomato and herb salad.
As the summer approaches we start gravitating towards the summery stuff
I have to say in the salad domain cucumbers have always dominated my life!!
They are cooling and are a total treat when chilled on a hot summer day!!
I am not arguing the gloriousness of cucumbers here
What I want to bring to light is another vegetable which always seem to take an optional place in salads
Something just screamed lets go with all tomatoes today!
All i had was a bunch regular tomatoes and some cute little cherry tomatoes and some parsley! For me the idea is simple toss in chopped ingredients, play flavor with go to favs and than enjoy with bread!
minmal chopping minimal mess minimal time consumed and maximum flavours.
With thsi tomaot and herb salad i wanted to go bold and big with flavours. Nothing to hinder teh juicy tomatoes. No green chillies to ace it up. or cucumbers or onions to pair. Just simple.gorgeous.tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil adn lemon,
If you dont knwo what i mean you have got to get the best qualtiy tomatoes at the peak of its season! The falvor is just goooorrrgeous!! They are robust and juicy and full of this bit tart flavor! I tell you summer is the perfect time to dig into these natural beauties!!
cherry tomatoes 4-5
parsley handfull chopped
lemonjuice 1/2 tsp
olive oil 1 tsp
a dash of salt
- Dice the tomatoes and parsley.
- squeeze the lemon juice adn olive oil
- Toss with a dash of salt.
- Sit back and enjoy!!
And how cute it is in this tin!! Just pop it in and you are good to go for a road trip or an outdoor snack!
Not only this Simple Tomato and Herb salad is super easy its also big no flavor!!! Have fun making it!!!
Have a gorgeous Wednesday!!
Did I mention what a huge tea lover I am!!!!
I drink on average 2 cups a day!
Not much you say…
There are some days where it goes waaaay more than this healhy level to over the top level than I would like to admit!
Lets not indulge in my tea drinking habits….
The point is every time I need to sit with a cup I love to pair it with something! Like a snack or something to mucnh on!!
And coz I do it so often it only makes sense that the snack of choice should be something healthy..
Now this is the tricky part…
A healthy snack WITH a hot cup of tea!!!
Omit alll the veggies fruits :O :O
You are basically left with baked goods like cakes and cupcakes and cookies.
Welll if you snack on those 5 times a day I don’t have words to describe the havoc!!! 😀 😀
So back to hmmmmmm healthy snacks to pair with tea or coffee ( I am a huuuuge coffee addict too)
I had a biiiiiiig portion of on sale cereals lined up…..
Trrrring goes the bell……
Here is what I did:
2 cups granola
2 cups wheat squares
1 cup salted nuts
1/2 cup other nuts
1 packet pretzel sticks
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peantu butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
- Dump all the ingredients in the slow cooker
- Let it stay there for about 3 hours.
- Fill up the jars and enjoy!!!
Now I have a jar full of healthy snack for those untimely uncalled for tea breaks!!!!!
Cheack out my favourite go to Chai Latte recipe as well!!!!
Happy Hump day!!!!
Before you know it your little girls are out of fairy tales and there is no more princessy dresses or tiaras or pixie dust in our lives!!!
For this reason I celebrated a 7 yr old party a snow white themed party!!
I used the minimum decor to deliver the theme. If you read my birthday posts before like the Jungle Party! or the Princess Party you would know I am a do-the-whole-dessert-table-and-the-decor-and-the-food kind of person. Which is needless to say overwhelming!!
For this reason I created the birthday mood board Snow white birthday party planning. To keep the party planning in check!! The goal was to create maximum effect the easiest way possible and have fun!!!!!
I am proud to say we achieved both goals! The party was suuuuuper fun!! and not at all stressfull!!
Here are some pointers:
ARRANGE FOR THE FOOD:
if you want to enjoy your little ones day! Try to stay out of the kitchen! Cater or ask for help with aunts and grannys. You will be tooo grateful and everyoone else will love to chip in!
Arrange someone for the games:
Ideally hire the party host! There is nothing more fun for tweens than the party games!! Not only grown ups the little ones enjoy allot. Make sure to keep on hand some extra favor bags to spice up the games.
Deliver theme from Decor:
Rely more on decor than on food to deliver the theme. Customized cookies and cupcakes are not only more expensive thay are also more time consuming If you take the task upon yourself. Keeping the dessert table basic and bringing more drama with the garland or the colors is simple and effective!
Just Enjoy the party!!!!
My favorite go to egg less breakfast!!!
Its fast! is ready in minutes! insanely satisfying and healthy and delicious!!! What more can you ask for when you are running around after three kids
I Loooooooove Halloumi!!! Its absolutely amazing!! and Grilled Halloumi is just sth from above!!
I am a huge egg fan as well. But everyday with the same old sunny side up breakfast become tad bit boring. So to spin things a bit I turn to this recipe every now and than!
So to speak its a simple sandwich! open faced as been pictured! But the variations and tweaks you can make to it are incredible. And the slightest tweak takes it a level above.
A couple of twigs of fresh mint adds great depths of flavors. Toss a pinch of red paprika for heat on top if you prefer. layer the base of the sandwich with a mashed avocado, or you can omit the toast altogether and make it a lettuce wrap or a tortilla wrap! But the most effective elixir I find in uplifting this sandwich is the herb infused olive oil 🙂 🙂
I don’t feel the need to add much seasoning coz Halloumi is very salty itself. I do add a pinch of salt to the grilled tomato whilst its still in the pan. Other than that it requires nothing more nothing less. Is absolute perfection.
Here is the recipe
Halloumi cheese 300 gms
tomato sliced 4-5 slices
mint sprigs 3-4
herb infused olive oil
- Drizzle olive oil in a pan and grill the halloumi slices. Take them off the heat once its bronzed on either side.
- Grill tomato slices and sprinkle bit of salt on top.
- Toast/ bake heat up the toasts as desired. Layer with tomatoes, top with Halloumi and fresh mint.
- Drizzle some more olive oil on top for extra flavor!!