Category Archives: Lunchbox

Salad idea: Rucola and Borage

While out on a walk a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that there were a couple of Borage plants growing wild in the streets of my neighbourhood. Obviously, knowing that these are edible flowers, I planned to soon include them in a salad. On my walk last night, I picked a few flowers and having never tasted one on its own (I’d had them in pasta and salads before) thought I’d give it a try. There are surprisingly tasty and an interesting addition to your salads.

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This is what I made with mine:

Rinse and dry a couple of handfuls of rucola. Then add finely chopped fennel (raw), capers, chopped cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and add a dollop of olive oil and some sea salt to taste. Toss the salad, then top with the borage flowers and crumbled goats’ cheese (optional).

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Overnight Oats

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The quest for quick and easy snacks which are portable and healthy never ends. Why? Because I’m easily bored with any brilliant idea, no matter how good it tastes. Arming myself with a few breakfast / mid-morning recipes makes my life immensely easier. There’s nothing like having something to give you the right kind of fuel to carry on with your work. And coffee, coffee always helps of course.

This ‘overnight oats’ idea has been doing the rounds. I’m a sucker for anything that looks cute; plus its preparation sounded like a 2-minute affair.

My first trial didn’t go very well. I kept it plain and simple and I didn’t like the taste of the oats in the morning – they seemed not to absorb enough liquid for some reason, even though I had measured the milk out and everything (something I rarely do). They also tasted too raw for my liking.

I tried again and this time added some jam (just 1 teaspoon, because I’m not a big fan) and fresh strawberries the morning after. Already a huge improvement but I was sure that I could improve on this.

Enter Chia seeds. I read that they will improve the consistency and that they are good for your health, so I put it on my shopping list and tried the overnight oats again.

With approximate equal amounts of steel-cut quick-cooking oats and milk (you can use almond/soya/coconut milk if you prefer) and a tablespoon of chia seeds, the next morning the oats did not only have a more pleasant texture but they also tasted better. Then I added a teaspoon of peanut butter and some mixed nuts and seeds. Remarkable improvement :) I shall be making these oats more often.

Tip: keep your old jars, clean them well and use them to make individual portions that you can pack with you to work (or school!)