Everybody uses social media these days. Even grandparents! I know right?! I am not really going to launch an attack on social media. I am just going to moan a bit about how deluded we are at risk of becoming, should be believe everything we see on our instagram feed. Still haven’t got to my point have I. There’s two parts to my point. The first is about “healthy lifestyle”, the second is about “body image”. Let’s go with body image first. It’s a well known fact that young people these days have issues with “body image”, largely due to social media. We see all these girls (I am taking the ladies point of view here) looking great, wearing great clothes, with great faces, and we think “well great, I sure don’t look like that”. Even if we don’t think we are consciously affected by what we see, it must have an effect on us right? I reckon so. I also reckon I got my effects and my affects the wrong way round.
Ingredients 200g wild/brown rice (I used a mix)
1 medium courgette (sliced into thin rounds)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1 tbsp olive oil
500g fresh peas 500g fresh broad beans
250-300g fresh spinach leaves (up to you how many leaves you want)
(The quantities of the ginger and chillies is really dependent on how much spice you like. Take this as your minimum and add more if you like! Same goes for the honey.)
2 red chillies (deseeded)
150ml extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
Begin by cooking the rice according to packet instructions.
In a frying pan over low-med heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and crushed garlic. Cook until garlic stars to becomes slightly golden.
Add courgette slices and stir, coating the slices with oil and garlic. Increase heat slightly and cook until courgette pieces become slightly translucent (you want a bit of bite to them). Set aside.
Bring a pan of water to boil. Add broad beans and cook for 2 mins before adding peas and cooking for a further 3mins. Remove from heat and drain (if you’re feeling fancy, put peas & beans in a bowl in ice cold water so they retain a vibrant green colour).
When the rice, beans, peas and courgette are ready, mix together in large mixing bowl and season to taste.
To make the dressing, blend together chilli, ginger, oil, lemon and honey using a hand blender, until you have a smooth, thick liquid.
Taste your dressing adding more of the above ingredients if you so wish.
To assemble salad, make a bed of spinach leaves. Spoon on rice and veg mix. Drizzle over dressing. Best served al fresco in the garden or by a window if you live in the city and don’t have a garden!
I THINK YOU’LL FIND THIS SALAD VERY RICE AND PEASING
Todays tune is by Belle & Sebastian. I am going to be working at Festival No.6 with Yolk in a couple of weeks and will hopefully catch these guys. They were pretty swell at Glastonbury.