Kale & Rice Salad w/ Avocado & Salmon (GF)

No, no, no, don’t be all ‘That tough, leafy green stuff? Kale no’!

This Kale & rice salad may have humble beginnings (being made up of what was left over in the fridge) but it seriously is one of the best things I’ve had for lunch in a long time (possibly ever).

Kale & rice salad with avocado & salmon | Cake + Whisky

Naturally gluten-free, it’s a marriage of savoury, nutty, crunchy, creamy (…) flavours, all coming together in a symphony of colour.

Kale & rice salad with avocado & salmon | Cake + Whisky

Fresh, satisfying, incredibly beautiful and unbelievably simple, I promise you’ll be screaming ‘Kale yeah’ after the first bite!

Kale & rice salad with avocado & salmon | Cake + Whisky
Kale & Rice Salad w/ Avocado & Salmon (serves 2, GF)
Ingredients:
  • a big handful basmati or wild rice
  • 2 big handfuls of raw kale, stalks removed, well washed and pat dried
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 big slices smoked salmon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • a few dashes Tabasco
  • black sesame seeds and sliced spring onion to garnish
  • salt flakes, black pepper
Method:

1. Cook the rice according to packaging, then drain well and set aside to cool.

2. Place the kale, 1/2 tbsp of sesame oil and a good pinch of salt into a big bowl and massage for a few minutes. Add in the cooled rice and mix well, then share between two bowls or plates.

3. Make the dressing: In a small, clean jar, pour the lemon juice, Tabasco and remaining sesame oil. Put the lid on and shake vigorously until well combined. Taste-test and season accordingly with salt and pepper.

4. Peel, half, pit and slice the avocado. Use kitchen scissors to cut the smoked salmon into bite-sized pieces. Place both the avocado and salmon on top of the kale & rice salad.

5. Top with the dressing and garnish with black sesame seeds and sliced spring onion right before serving.

Kale & Rice Salad w/ Avocado & Salmon (GF)

Quinoa Fried Rice

When it comes to cooking, I still have so much to learn.

I’ve always been a very decent cook, probably mainly because I’ve been free to experiment in the kitchen from a very young age, with my parents encouragingly eating up sometimes-far-from-perfect said experiments.

This learning-on-the-job sort of experience obviously has it limitations, the main one being that for a long time, I’d have to work with whatever was already in the fridge.

Quinoa Fried Rice

But every limitation has its silver lining, and in that specific case, it’s made me really, really good at cooking with leftovers. And actually enjoying it.

There’s something truly magical at making something with nothing, and that’s how I feel when I turn a simingly empty fridge into a bountiful meal, always to my boyfriend’s great surprise.

(Even though, quite honestly, he should really be used to it by now!)

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This is exactly what happened with this Quinoa Fried Rice.

Quinoa Fried Rice

Ready in minutes and requiring only a handful of ingredients, most of which are absolute staples in my house (and I’m sure many others’), it’s just as delicious and comforting as the original, but made a bit healthier with the addition of protein-packed quinoa.

Quinoa Fried Rice

Below is the basic recipe, which is absolutely delicious as it is, but feel free to add additional toppings or any leftovers hanging around in your fridge, turning your Quinoa Fried Rice dish into the most delicious way to use up meat, fish or vegetable leftovers.

Who knew fighting food waste could taste that rice?!

Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa Fried Rice (serves 1)

Ingredients: 

  • about 100g cooked quinoa, preferably fridge-cold
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • salt, pepper
  • facultative: any cooked meat, fish or vegetable leftovers you have laying around, sliced thinly

1. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

2. Heat up the sesame oil in a frying pan or wok, then throw in the quinoa (and leftovers if using) and cook on high heat until it starts smelling nice, then push the quinoa to the sides of the pan and add the egg in the middle. Cook until the egg is slightly under-set (usually about 20 sec or so), then mix together with the quinoa and cook for a little longer.

3. Transfer to a bowl, top with the thinly sliced spring onion & eat immediately.

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Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa Fried Rice

BiBimBap Fitzrovia

What did you do with the extra 24h you got this #LeapYear?

You know me, I took advantage of it to stuff even more food into my life.

So I met with my favourite foodie sidekicks for a taste of Korean food at BiBimBap.

BiBimBap, Fitzrovia | Cake + Whisky

The restaurant itself is a bit clean-lines meets K-Town.

Understands fairly basics but with a Korean pop-star fan club touch ??

BiBimBap, Fitzrovia | Cake + Whisky

And the cutest, most kawaii menu EVER!

The restaurant takes its name from bibimbap, a signature Korean dish of fried rice, topped with vegetables and soy sauce, served in a hot stone bowl.

BiBimBap, Fitzrovia | Cake + Whisky

Each bibimbap bowl comes with a rainbow of thinly sliced vegetables (carrots, daikon, cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, spinach…) and there’s a huge variety of toppings for you to choose from, ranging from Kimchi (chilli-spiced fermented cabbage) to seafood, spicy pork, beef and much more.

BiBimBap, Fitzrovia | Cake + Whisky

The whole lot is brought to your table in a blisteringly hot stone bowl. So hot in fact that you can hear the rice sizzling!

BiBimBap, Fitzrovia | Cake + Whisky

A very good thing as it means that while you make your way through the layers of flavourful marinated meat and colourful, artifully arranged vegetables, the thin layer of rice will continue to cook and turn crispy, making for the most wonderful of surprises when you reach the bottom of the bowl!

A much healthier (and vegetarian friendly) version of crackling, but just as addictive!

While the many variations of the humble bibimbap lead the show at the eponymous restaurant, there are also plenty of sides to choose from.

BiBimBap, Fitzrovia | Cake + Whisky

Pork & vegetable dumplings (lovely and crispy)

BiBimBap, Fitzrovia | Cake + Whisky

Sweet and salty Korean Fried Chicken.

BiBimBap, Fitzrovia | Cake + Whisky

Just look at that shinny soy sauce glaze!

BiBimBap, Fitzrovia | Cake + Whisky

Kimchi pancakes. Spicy and comforting at the same time, and my absolute favourite.

BiBimBap, Fitzrovia | Cake + Whisky

My verdict? BiBimBap was a great way to wave February goodbye. Relatively healthy food, excellent value, great company and many a giggle… Quite a brilliant way to use that extra leap year day (or any other day, really!)

BiBimBap, 10 Charlotte Street,Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LT  Bibimbap Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

BiBimBap Fitzrovia