Onion Salad

Christmas dinner is the primary meal traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  Christmas dinner around the world may differ and the traditions can reflect the culture of the respective country it is being celebrated in. Turkey is present in a fair number of these meals. We as a family are celebrating Christmas with cold meat and salads, which are more suitable for our hot summer days.
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Here is one of my mom’s “traditional” salads she  used to make for Christmas.
Onion Salad
1 kg small onions                1 cup (250 ml) brown sugar
1 cup brown vinegar          1 t mustard powder
1 egg, whisked
 Peel the onions, taking care to keep them whole.
  1. Boil the onions in salted water for 15 minutes or until just tender. Drain.IMG_8226
  2. For the sauce combine the  mustard powder, sugar and vinegar  over heat until the sugar is dissolved and then boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Let the mixture cool down add whisked egg into the cooled mixture.
  4. Slowly bring it to a low simmer over low heat while whisking.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. IMG_8228Remove from the stove immediately, pour over the onions and leave to cool.IMG_20151228_100418

Summery Chicken Salad

I made this easy chicken salad which is perfect for  a hot summers night!

Fry Onion, garlic, green peppers and mushrooms in a bit of olive oil and butter.

Add about 500g of chicken pieces  and balsamic vinegar , herbs, salt and pepper to taste. ( Can use Balsamic Crema too)

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Cool the chicken, make a salad of your own choice, adding whatever you have available. I  put some green peas  (frozen), pineapple chunks , carrots and feta in, too.IMG_0949

Serve with honey mustard  salad dressing and fresh bread!

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Roasted Beetroot and Feta Salad

Beetroot

The beetroot, also known in North America as the table beet, garden beet, red or golden beet, or informally simply as the beet, refers to any of the cultivated varieties of beet grown for their edible taproots.Wikipedia

Ingredients

600 gr  beetroot  peeled and trimmed

3-4 tbsp olive oil

6-7 tbsp balsamic vinegarIMG_0913

 Preheat oven to 180°C.

Method

  1. Halve or quarter the beetroot, depending on the size. Place on a baking tray.
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Roast for 1 hour or until tender. (Here I have used a blueberry infused balsamic vinegar)
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl to cool, then cover and chill.
  4. Combine with rocket , spring onions, gherkins  and  feta.
  5. Serve with a vinaigrette of your choice. I have used the pan sauce (olive oil and balsamic and mixed it with a pomegranate reduction.IMG_0915
  6. I served it with a pork chops and a  Pineapple and Savoy cabbage salad   my sister made.IMG_0918

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Pizza bread rolls

An easy lunch or dinner for those days that you just don’t know what to eat!

Serve it with sliced avocado or a tossed salad.

1 boiled egg chopped
1 small onion chopped
3-5 gherkins chopped
1 tin of tuna (drained)

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Mix 50 ml mayonnaise 5ml tomato sauce and 5ml mustard.
Combine all these ingredients.

Spread the mixture on bread rolls, Sprinkle with grated cheese and paprika.

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You can also put the same mixture into a red, yellow or green pepper. Grate some cheese over it and sprinkle with paprika.

Bake in 180 degree C oven until  cheese is melted.

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