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I’m Bella, a 21 year old food fanatic and I have big plans of eating my way around the entire world! I was born in Java, Indonesia – so I am a ‘cappuccino’ as one Indonesian man called me (a mixture of brown coffee from my Dad and white milk from my Mom…) or just simply put – half Irish / half Indonesian! I live in the west of Ireland with my Mom, Bernie and twin sister, Ayessa.

My Moms dream was to travel around the world – and that she did. I have an inkling that I am following in her footsteps. As for my twin, when we are not fighting –  I spend time cooking for her and she spends time practicing her artistic makeup ideas on me!

Mangetout, my food and travel blog is a place for me to write about the things I have come to learn about food and the world. I have just come back from living in the south of France for 1 year and a half. I was an intern, studying abroad for college. In 2014 I took a gap year from my studies to embark on a 7 month food and exploration expedition around south east Asia. At the end of my first major trip I decided to leave college and work towards a career in the food industry! This blog is going to be my cyber journal of all the things I discover both foodie and travel wise.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Salad, salad & more salad !

First & foremost i am very proud to announce that 'Bella De La Luna Foodie Adventures' has been added to the Irish Food Bloggers Association http://www.irishfoodbloggers.com/. This is a treat & I am sharing this with you as I feel you can find so many other lovely blogs through this association... Come on the Irish! Lovely :)

Anyway enough about that, lets get blogging! So today I would like to talk about salad... I mean it's not everyones favourite thing, some think it's bland while others think its boring & overly 'healthy'.

But can we sit back & allow ourselves to get our creative hats on & turn it into something of a simple delight? I love potatoes & coming from Ireland how can it seem anything but normal?! A plain potato salad would be just fine... But we don't want just fine, we want great, uplifting & yummy. My partner is funny with potatoes so I'm always trying to make it interesting so we can eat more! Have a look at this little gem:


Bella De La Luna style potato salad

Ingredients per 2 people

1 good handful of baby new potatoes
1 teaspoon of wholegrain mustard
1 teaspoon of mayonnaise 
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Pinch of salt & pepper

Method


1) Boil the baby potatoes until soft but still give a little 
2) Drain & allow to cool 
3) Mix the Wholegrain Mustard & Mayo in a bowl
4) Add the Thyme, Pinch of salt & pepper to the potatoes 
5) Combine the wet mixture with the potatoes & garnish with some fresh basil or thyme

This is an absolutely delicious dish & takes no time at all... It went down a treat in our little French studio so I was chuffed!



Enyas Health-Tastic Salad

Ingredients per 2 people
1 Carrot
Good handful of Rocket & Mixed salad
Thumb size piece of Ginger
1 whole Red Chili
1 big clove of Wild garlic
1 handful Runner/Broad Beans
1 half Red Pepper
Big handful of mixed Cherry Tomatoes
Squeeze of Lemon juice
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil

Method

1) Wash all ingredients 
2) Use a peeler to peel the carrot (gives a sleek look)
3) Mince the chili, wild garlic & ginger 
4) Cut the runner/broad beans & cherry tomatoes in half 
5) Slice the red pepper into strips 
6) Mix all ingredients together, including the Rocket & Mixed Salad, squeeze in the lemon and drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil, mix again


Tip - Normal the general guideline for any good salad dressing is 3 parts oil + 1 part acid. 

The acid can be what ever your feeling or whatever bests suits your dish. This rule will normally leave you with a lovely dressing. This recipe has completely deserted this rule, however, substituting it with really intense flavours - like the ginger, chili & wild garlic will leave your taste buds exploding with spicy freshness! The lemon juice & extra virgin olive oil just brings everything together! Yum...

I suppose it would be fair to share with you my utmost respect for Mr Oliver... He is an inspiration, oozing with energy & passion. His tips & hints are just brilliant. Have a look at some of his thoughts & advice on everyday salads !


The French Provencal summer is a finger length away, the heat is back on track & the days are getting longer. I hope to share more salads in the coming weeks & have some plans for growing some salads on our tiny terrace - wish me luck, it's exciting avec la belle vie en Provence !

Bella :) x