So…After the holidays we’re getting back into the routine and a whole new year.
Archie is back at work and saving for some travel plans. Remember his friend, Cockney-Dave? For some reason he had to move out of the youth hostel where he had been staying and next thing he was on our back doorstep with a pack on his back, saying to me, ‘I’ll just take my things upstairs’. Right then. Apparently Archie had told him it would be okay for him to stay with us for his last four weeks in Oz. A few nights ago we bid him adieu as he left for the UK via New Zealand, Nepal and South-East Asia.
Miss Arabella is super-excited about starting uni in a few weeks time and has chosen her major for the Arts part of her combined Law degree. She’s decided to major in theatre studies which being dramatic by nature, is a very good choice for her.
The little guy started back at school this week and typically had no complaints about the holidays coming to an end. On his first day back at school he came home with an assignment. He has to write his autobiography and as he has only been on the planet nine years I’m sure the teacher will understand if what he delivers is a little brief.
After wearing those bloody stockings for four weeks I am now enjoying nude legs. With stockinged legs and our family holiday I wasn’t able to go to the gym or swim so this week I started back with the fitness program. I thought I’d best make up for lost time so threw myself into two workouts at the gym in one day. The first was on the TRX and I managed to get through that but the next was some sort of a boot camp where I had to throw bags of sand over my shoulders and then pick up really big bags of sand and lift them over my head. The next day I went back to the pool and did a squad and that night I was so stiff and sore I needed assistance rising from the couch. How is it possible for so much fitness to unravel in just six weeks?
Drew is back at the office and went to see a new GP who is being overly thorough. He has told Drew he needs to quickly drop 10kgs, cut out all alcohol, reduce his carb intake, not have any more dairy, and only eat red meat once a week. Drew wonders if there are any food groups left.
Oh, but there are. There’s this Mediterranean Salad and yes, it does have halloumi and that’s dairy but I put that in there for me. A few nights ago we enjoyed a Saskia Beer free-range, organic chicken (white meat’s allowed) without any duck-fat potatoes (no carbs allowed) and this colourful salad. And Drew didn’t think he was missing out on anything.
Here you have a salad that would meet the approval of one of Sydney’s most thorough GPs.
- 250g halloumi
- 1 tbspn olive oil
- 1 bunch purple asparagus
- 50g pinenuts
- 200g baby rocket leaves
- 4 sampari tomatoes, halved
- small handful yellow grape tomatoes
- small handful pitted kalamata olives
- fresh mint leaves
- Lemon and Pomegranate Salad Dressing:
- juice of half a lemon
- ¼ cup pomegranate molasses
- 2 tbspns honey
- 2 tbspns red wine vinegar
- ¾ cup olive oil
- You will not need to use all the dressing - keep some in an airtight container in the fridge for your next salad.
- Slice the halloumi into .5cm thick pieces. Heat a pan over high heat. Add olive oil and when hot, add halloumi and cook quickly until browned on both sides. Remove and place on absorbent paper and when cool, break into bite-sized pieces.
- Snap woody ends off asparagus and cut spears in half. Place in a pan of simmering, salted water. Steam for one minute then drain and place in an ice bath to arrest cooking.
- Put pine nuts in a small container and toast in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
- Pour rocket into a large salad bowl. Toss in tomatoes, asparagus, halloumi and olives then finish with mint leaves and pine nuts.
- For the dressing:
- Combine all ingredients except olive oil. Slowly whisk in oil then season to taste. Dress over salad.