Broccoli, Mushroom & Sesame Salad

This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…

This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, then all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…The salad works well either slightly warm, straight after preparing or cold at some later time. It will make a perfect starter or a side dish when paired with grilled meats for example. It’s easy to prepare, it doesn’t require any unusual ingredients as most of them should be in your stock cupboard anyway and it can be on your table within 15 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 2 small or 1 large broccoli; separated into florets
  • 6 medium size button mushrooms; thinly sliced
  • 3 spring onions; sliced at an angle
  • 2tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 1 clove of garlic; minced
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2tsp chilli flakes – more if you like heat
  • 1/4tsp sea salt

This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, then all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…Method:

Prepare a large pot of salted water, big enough to take all the broccoli and bring it to boil.

Heat up a large frying pan, add the olive oil and butter and allow to melt.

Add the broccoli into the boiling pot of water, turn the heat up high to bring back to the boil and then down to medium until the cooking time of 5 minutes is complete (count 5 minutes from the moment you added the broccoli, not from the moment it came back to a boil), then shock it under cold water or better yet an ice bath and then drain well. The cold bath will stop the cooking process which is necessary in order for the broccoli to maintain a slight crunch.

Add mushrooms into hot frying pan, add garlic powder and salt then fry on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until just soft and slightly brown.

Whilst your broccoli is cooking and mushrooms are frying, it’s time to mix the sauce.

This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, then all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…Into a salad dressing shaker or a jam jar or even a bowl add the toasted sesame oil, dark soy sauce, cider vinegar, minced garlic, chilli flakes and half of the sesame seeds. Mix well until all ingredients are fully combined.

In a large bowl mix the broccoli, mushrooms, spring onions and remaining sesame seeds, add dressing and gently toss around to coat completely.

Serve and enjoy!

This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, then all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, then all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…

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Who / What Am I? 26/09

Today was a strange day for me. It was filled with very mixed emotions ranging from huge sadness to pure joy. I had no idea that such an emotional rollercoaster could be so exhausting. Thus we had a need to turn on some comfort TV, just so we could stare at something. Do you know what we picked? We chose to watch “West Wing”. It might sound like a weird choice for some of you but if you have ever watched the series you will know why we picked it. It is packed with people you care about and despite the fact that it is about US politics we find it very comforting.

I have an extremely exciting project “brewing” in the near future, but I am quite unsure at this point if I can talk about it, so I will have to wait few a few more weeks before I can start blabbing all about it.

By the way before I forget I won that breakfast challenge, so a huge, huge “Thank You” to anyone who voted for my breakfast pancake recipe.

Oh, and you know what… my crisp sarnie won a Seabrook crisps’ competition and we are going to be on a billboard 🙂 How cool is that!

In regards to last week’s picture you guys had some awesome guesses. I must agree it does look a bit like a sweetie but of course it isn’t one. Have a look now at what the full shot looks like:

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And now if you still don’t know what this is I will explain.

It was actually a little daft of me just to take a close up shot without using any wide view but now it is too late to fix it. The picture is of a spring onion in bloom. We had some onions which had started to grow green bits in our pantry so we decided to plant them… then left for too long in the plant pot they had now developed a flower, which looks just like the picture above.

This week I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for you something special, so I will share what I have and let’s hope it will give you something to think about, after all the ones I spend hours deliberating over you sometimes guess immediately, so let us see how you handle a snap decision…

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Have a great weekend everyone.