Bowls Like These

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With Isac waking up too early in the morning (night, really), my head has been in a constant haze these last days and the buttons on my keyboard are dancing in front of me when I am trying to hit them. So, let’s immediately get down to business. And with business I mean salad. This simple salad puts our Golden Sauerkraut recipe from last month to good use. With all the fresh produce available this time of the year, bowls like these are on weekly rotation in our home. They are quick to make and easy adaptable to whatever vegetables we have available. Warm quinoa and a fried egg makes this more filling than a normal salad, and tahini, lemon and sauerkraut add flavour. We use a fork to break the egg and stir around so the yolk gets mixed with the other ingredients. Come to think of it, this is almost like a hippie sister to bibimbap. Hippie Bibimbap!

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We tried a few bowls similar to this, topped with krauts, on cafes in Sydney and Melbourne. They all had names like Buddha bowl, Yoga bowl and Sunshine bowl. In our version, we have kept the flavours quite simple and neutral to really let the kraut sing. You can of course use any type of sauerkraut, or kimchi. If you are making this without any sauerkraut, you might want to add some extra tahini and a squeeze of lemon to amp up the flavour. You can skip the egg as well to make it an entirely vegan dish (in that case, you might also want to add some extra tahini).

On another matter, we are sorry that we have been so immensely slow at updating the blog lately. We do however have two pretty exciting new posts lined up for you. Look here and here for clues. And check back with us soon.

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The Hippie Bowl
Serves 2

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (any color works), rinsed
2 carrots
4 radishes
1/2 fennel bulb
2 avocados, stone removed
2 small kale leaves, stems removed
1 handful mixed baby lettuce
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 pinch sea salt and black pepper
2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
4 tbsp golden sauerkraut (see recipe here)
2 fried eggs
2 tsp hemp seeds

Cooking the quinoa: Place rinsed quinoa, 1 cup water and a pinch of salt in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a bare simmer and let gently cook for about 15 minutes, or until you see small tails on the quinoa seeds. Set aside to cool in a large mixing bowl.

Making the salad: Slice the carrots and the radishes. Slice the fennel very finely. Cut the avocados into small cubes. Remove stems from the kale and chop. Place all prepared ingredients, including the mixed baby lettuce, into the quinoa bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and give it a good toss with your hands. Divide the salad in two bowls, drizzle each bowl with a generous tablespoon tahini and a couple of tablespoons sauerkraut. Finely top with a fried egg in each bowl and sprinkle with hemp seeds. Serve immediately.

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WebPS! Some of you might remember that this blog was nominated for the Saveur Blog Award in the category Best Use of Video? Well, apparently we just won the Reader’s Choice award! Thank you everyone that voted for us. This is the second time we win a Saveur award and it feels pretty unreal. Seriously, we are so grateful for all your support. You rock!

xx D&L

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