Vegetable Noodles with Currants & Mandarins

Oct 10, 2011   //   by myrakelly   //   Blog, Recipes  //  No Comments

This meal was so delicious I had it two nights in a row. Salads don’t have to be just lettuce and tomatoes. Fruits and seeds make a salad shine! So don’t be afraid to use them.

Another key to creating variety in salads is texture. It can make all the difference to a vegetable. Think of a carrot stick versus some finely grated carrot. They’re almost two different flavours. So for this dish I used one of my favourite kitchen tools, a Spiralizer. It’s a must have in the raw food kitchen. It turns any solid vegetable into long curly noodles. Which makes food so much more fun!

Just use the quantities that you feel like. Lots of noodles, with the extras as garnishing. For the sauce just play around with the quantities to have it as sweet or as spicy as you like.

red cabbage
carrot
daikon radish
zucchini
pumpkin seeds
sunflower seeds
mandarins
currants
avocado

For the dressing
lemon juice
raw honey
toasted sesame oil
cayenne pepper
sea salt

  1. Soak the seeds in water for a few hours. Drain and rinse. If you have a dehydrator you can dehydrate the seeds for a crunchy texture, but they will still work fine as is.
  2. Spiralize or grate the carrot, daikon and zucchini
  3. Use a mandoline to finely slice the red cabbage, if you don’t have a mandolin, just use a large knife.
  4. Peel the mandarins and divide into segments. Dice segments into thirds.
  5. Dice the avocado and mix with the currants and the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the salad. If you have time, let the dish sit for an hour or more to marinade. This will intensify the flavor and soften the vegetables.

DIY Miniature Greenhouse

Nov 8, 2008   //   by myrakelly   //   gardening  //  No Comments

minigreenhouse

A few weeks ago we got some unfortunate news. Our landlords were moving back to New Zealand and they wanted their house back. So after five long years in this wonderful house and just as the planting season is starting to kick in I suddenly had nowhere to plant my seedlings! I had just ordered all these heirloom seeds and had prepped the vege patch, so what was I to do? I had to give these seeds a temporary home before we found a new house to make our new vege garden at.

This makeshift miniature greenhouse that I made was like a tropical heaven for my seeds. They sprouted up in less than a week and in the picture above they’ve been growing for maybe two weeks. All I did was place my seed raising tray inside one of those thick plastic bags that your new duvet cover or sheet set comes in. It’s a good boxy shape to fit the tray in and it creates a super warm and cosy home for your wee babies. If you want to provide a little extra encouragement in the colder weather you can sit the whole thing on top of a hot water bottle and just change the water once or twice a day.

We found a new place with a big back yard so I’ll be roping in a few extra hands for a working bee to make a new vege garden. I’ll try to take lots of pictures as it all grows!