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Chicken, Blueberry & Mozzarella Salad

I absolutely love Mondays after the Sunday’s Farmers Market. On the second and last Sunday of every month, Saúl Farmers Market opens its doors. The second Sunday, at Miraflores, and the last Sunday at Paseo Cayalá. This is a great event, where merchants from all over gather to offer the best: from handmade goods to produce… you have it all. It just so happens, that with Helga we decided to make a fun day out of it. We got together for breakfast, along with Kiki, Helga’s mom and sister, and then we went to the Farmers Market to get some goodies and paid a visit to my mom, who had a stand there.

We were excited, mostly because we were going to get some fresh blueberries. There’s plenty of production here, but most of them are for exporting to the U.S., and at the Farmers Market, there’s a family that sells great produce: blueberries, raspberries, zucchini and mushrooms. Both Helga and myself got some blueberries, and I also picked up some coconut oil and fresh mozzarella. The next day, when the time to grab some lunch came around, I got the idea for a fresh blueberry salad, so here is a Foodies’ Original – with tons of flavor!

Hope you like it as much as I did!

Kitty

Chicken, Blueberry & Mozzarella Salad

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Shaved Cucumber Salad

Sometimes you just need to vary the way you cut a vegetable to give it a whole new presentation and completely change the look of a familiar dish, like regular cucumber salad.  Instead of slicing down on a fresh cucumber I used a peeler to shave along its length to form ribbons.

I suggest you serve your salad immediately, so the cucumber doesn’t lose its “crispness”… is that a word?   Also, toss it with your favorite dressing when you’re ready to eat.   My favorite dressing to use with cucumbers is a basic yogurt mixture, you’ll find the recipe below.

Helga

Shaved Cucumber Salad

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Whole-Wheat Brownies

I didn’t think I’d get away with these Whole-Wheat Brownies but I totally did. Both my dad and my brother are huge chocolate fans, and they love simple desserts. Every time I bake cupcakes or a cake that have something else other than your usual ingredients, they raise a brow. These brownies not only have Whole Wheat Flour in them, but also have Apple Sauce. I honestly thought it was going to be a big flop with those two.

Thankfully, they passed the test. These brownies came out a bit cakey on day one for my taste, but the next day they took a turn for the best. They are chewy and delicious… but they do not have the crunchy top that you would usually see on brownies. That’s what my dad missed from the old brownie recipe. But, all around, they didn’t even notice the whole wheat flour, and much less the apple sauce. That, in my book, is a win!

Kitty

Whole Wheat Brownies

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Homemade Almond Milk

Have you tried Almond Milk?  I’ve tried both the homemade and the store bought version.  The difference I find between the two is that the store bought version seems thicker (thanks to the added xantan and /or gellan gum you’ll find in the ingredients), but there definitely is a cost benefit to making it yourself.  Of course, who the heck has the time to make it regularly, right?

Homemade almond milk is really easy to make though, so if you can find some time, on a Sunday perhaps… you should definitely try making it.  Just soak almonds in boiling water inside the blender for a while, then add more water and blend. That’s it!

The time consuming part comes with the straining.  You need to strain it to separate the solids left over from the blending process.  Actually, I had to strain it twice because I only had a fine sieve to do it.  I’m sure if I had some cheesecloth, or maybe a new and clean tea towel I could use for this purpose, it would have been easier.   I did find it a bit too watery, though.  I used a 1 cup almonds to 4 cups water ratio.   Maybe next time I’ll add another 1/2 cup of almonds to make it a bit “creamier”.