Why can’t the Summer stay with me round the the year?
I want to indulge in fresh fruits and eat healthy..
I want to watch the little puppies jumping around and catch them in my arms..
I want to feel the colours of wild flowers and get soaked in the golden sunshine..
I want to come home early from office and hit gym regularly..
I want to try more recipes and take tasty photos with plenty of natural light..
I want to eat fresh fruits and raw vegetables ,do exercise and reduce my weight..
How long is my wish list..This is what Summer offers me and how can I not worry thinking about its departure. Days are bright, flower blossoms are fresh and fragrant, the fresh fruits arranged neatly in the shops smell sweet, the vegetables look crystal clean..the deep blues skies are so clear..and then these little chirping birds making sweet noise.. some fresh energy in the air makes me feel like in heaven. The long days makes my heart and soul bright and encourages me to work and enjoy more. I wish the weather should stay forever with me ! I know its a dream that can never come true…
And I need Summer as I want to keep enjoying my newly discovered love for Salads 365 days….
I blinked my eyes when I discovered the real taste of salads and how easy a decent meal can be prepared in heck of a minute.To westerners, no doubt salad might be the sacred word that gives joys and happiness in their daily meal. It is something not I grew up eating with but I could only wish for it now.You don’t need to spend hours together whipping up dishes in kitchen, all you need is ten minutes of your valuable time to make fresh salads at home.
The sight of these fresh vegetable and fruits unfolds the memories of going to farmer’s market (called Raithu Bazaar in Andhra) along with my dad.Piles and heaps of fresh produce shine in neatly arranged rows attract everybody’s eyes.There used to be a huge ground that get transformed into farmer’s market during weekends decorated with indefinite colours of fresh fruits,vegetables and aromatic spices and grains and pulses.The smell was so fresh and raw while the farmers unload the huge bags of produce.
I remember accompanying my father as a little girl who always insisted to buy vegetable stock and legumes from farmer’s market as the prices were always reasonable and also because it was place to get the freshest ingredients for cooking.The farmers would sprinkle water on the vegetable stock to keep them fresh.I still remember and can feel the drizzle of the water while walking besides the lanes of freshly arranged colours.
My mom is very fond of the fresh fish available in those farmer’s market and would constantly remind my dad before starting at home.She used to like the dried fish there especially and would eagerly wait for us to come home.I used to wonder at the huge bags of colourful poppodams and vadams(appadalu and vadiyalu in my language telugu) lined in front of those shops.Those were the sweetest of my childhood memories..Back to reality I sometimes bin the colourful vadams that I used to fancy once in my childhood as I fail to store them properly making them soggy. This is not a pleasant thing to share with but just telling how life changes..Anything that gets into your hand appears value less most of the times..
The memories of fresh colours still linger in my heart..Gone are those day..
Coming to my salad story again, the most happiest moment is to cut the fresh fruits and vegetables.The reason being I don’t need to wait for hours to enjoy my meal and that’s the end of the cooking process The feeling of freshness in the vegetables and fruits ignites my body and soul at a time. This is my first encounter with Avocado and no doubt sis the versatile fruit I have ever seen.The soft buttery and oily texture makes it interesting to eat this fruit.I almost enjoyed cubing this soft and healthy fruit.They say you get the best fat out of avocado.the mono saturated fats in avocados are said to improve your skin tone too.And should I again sat how Avocado helps you in weight loss?
Cubed avocados paired up with juicy peaches and cute tangy cherry tomatoes made the best combination that worked like a charm on me.I stocked up avocados again and bought packets of dried apricots and dried cranberries to make this salad again.I might consider replacing peaches with plums this time.Variety is the spice of life they say!!
I garnished my salad with coriander but if you hate it you could use a fresh spring of parsley or the most famous Kale or few leaves of fresh lettuce.Add a dash of lemon juice too to make it more appealing!This summer inspired me to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and even made me to document their health benefits in name of Know Your Foods series.I would add avocado in the list soon!
My next salad would be a fusion of sweet and spicy ingredients as I want to save myself from getting bored of these too-good salads!
And one thing ..nah two things., never store a cut avocado ..you are just gonna bin a bundle of goodness..and this salad plate I served is a deal for 50 pence in the car boot market here in London which is again a kind of farmer’s market!
Avocado Peach Salad with cherry Tomatoes
- 1 Avocado
- 6 Cherry Tomatoes
- 3 Peaches
- 4 Dried Apricots(chopped or whole)
- 2 tbsp raisins/dried cranberries
- 1 tsp Olive oil(optional)
- 1 Spring chopped coriander leaves
- Avocado into two parts and peel the skin.This is the most easy process as the fruit will be very tender and easy to peel. In fact the skins comes out automatically. Slice them into desired sized pieces. I made tiny bite size squares
- Wash and slice the peaches into thin slices. Cut the cherry tomatoes into two halves.
- Take a serving plate and put avocado pieces, peach slices and cherry tomato halves.
- Drizzle some olive oil(optional)and toss it gently.
- Top it with with fresh chopped coriander leaves,dried apricots, raisins and cranberries.You can go with your choice of fried fruits and nuts to garnish this salad.
2.Cut everything when you are ready to serve the salad. They taste fresh.
3.You can also drizzle some yoghurt instead of olive oil