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Friday, July 17, 2009

Side Dishes

Quinoa Jumble Pot

Healthy whole grain quinoa adds a nutty flavour to this hearty dish.

Quinoa Jumble Pot

  • 3 cups red and white quinoa grain
  • 4.5 cups water
  • 2 cups sweet corn kernels
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 garlic
  • 300 g spicy smoked sausage
  • olive oil for frying



Bring water to a boil in a large pan.
Add quinoa.
Reduce heat and simmer until quinoa has absorbed most of the water.
Slice tomatoes into wedges.
Peel and dice onions and garlic.
Slice sausage.
Stir fry onions and garlic in oil until onion becomes soft and translucent.
Add sausage and cook until browned.
Toss all ingredients together in a large pot and cook over low heat until jumble is heated through and flavours have had a chance to blend.

Minted Cucumber and Tomato Salad

This is a delicious and refreshing salad, perfect for those summer garden parties.

Minted Cucumber Salad

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 3 or 4 fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime


Seed and dice cucumber and tomatoes.
Tear mint leaves into small pieces.
Toss vegetables with mint.
Combine yoghurt with lime juice.
Stir dressing into vegetables.
Allow salad to sit for an hour before serving, to give the flavours time to blend.