8.15.2015

Chickpea, Feta and Cilantro Salad

Chick Pea and Cilantro Salad

I had visited a friend who had made a chick pea and parsley salad, which was surprisingly tasty for me.  I love chick peas (garbanzo beans), whether they are in a salad or whizzed into a creamy hummus.

I am also a lover of cilantro and began to wonder, as I usually do, as to whether I could successfully change up this recipe.   I was delighted to discover that it worked phenomenally well!

Try it.  If you are not a fan of cilantro, then change it back to parsley, either way its a lovely salad for a summer day!

2 tins of chick peas, drained
4 spring onions, chopped
1 c cilantro
garlic puree (tube version) - 1-2 inches
5 oz feta
1-1/2 T olive oil
juice of one lemon
red pepper flakes

Combine garlic puree, olive oil, red pepper flakes and lemon.  Whisk together until well combined and slightly emulsified.

To a medium bowl add chick peas, spring onion, cilantro and feta.   Mix.  Add dressing and combine. Chill before serving!

Printable Chick Pea and Cilantro Summer Salad

8.10.2015

Strawberry Banana Dixie Trifle


So this is a variation on a theme.   A few years ago I created in a frenzied moment, a trifle dessert at the last minute.  All I had was a leftover cake, some bananas and a few other dairy items.   I put together a dessert that has become quite the favorite of my friends (and on here).   
With a little bit of time and some more creativity, I came up with this updated version.   I call it Strawberry Banana Dixie trifle.   
Here is the link to the original recipe.   Dixie Banana Trifle Original recipe
The changes I made:  

I layer in fresh strawberries sprinkled with a bit of sugar.  I also added some shaved milk chocolate to the top and layered the entire dessert in a lovely trifle dessert dish.  

Enjoy!