Peel Me A Grape

by Tenina Holder

Apologies for my recent lack of posts! Life has taken over my life...('does it ever end?' I ask myself.)

One of my sons is in hospital with Golden Staph (though I hardly think it rates a capitalization!) Nasty super bug and it's really bugging me too! Poor love..still on a brighter note and speaking of 'Golden', {eewwww} our days are warmer and sunnier than usual, spring is in the air, well in Australia at least!! The weather is balmy and our thoughts are all turning to the beach, BBQ-ing and salads. Between the Steam Oven and the Thermomix, you can do the most fantastic salads.

The following recipe is a winner with my family and has become a firm favorite...I think it originated from Singapore...but anyway, thanks to my sister in law we have been eating this one for years and I suspect it will become a firm favorite in your house too, once you try it.

Need

  • 2 small heads of broccoli, washed and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 3 - 4 rashers of bacon, diced
  • 500 g red seedless grapes (in the absence of grapes, you can use 100 grams dried cranberries)
  • 1/4 Cup pine nuts or slivered almonds, toasted
  • Dressing
  • 3 tbsp mayonaise (homemade is best)
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Do

1  

Blanche brocolli florets in Steam Oven by cooking 9 min exactly. OR place into Varoma, fill Thermo bowl with boiling water and steam for approx 15 min/speed 3.

2  

Plunge into iced water immediately to stop the broccolli cooking and turning a nasty yellow green instead of the beautiful bright green you want!

3  

Dice onion and add to broccolli.

4  

Fry bacon and allow to drain until cooled, crumble.

5  

Slice grapes in half if they are large, otherwise use whole and add to serving bowl.

6  

Toss with dressing.

7  

Top with bacon and nuts.

8  

To make dressing place all ingredients into Thermo bowl.

9  

Blend 4 sec/speed 8. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat if necessary.

10  

Use immediately, but will keep in the fridge for up to a week in a screw top jar.

More

Serve with steamed Chicken breasts, and fresh crusty bread! (or grilled beef ribs and potato salad...oh the possibilities, like the winter, are endless...so knock yourself out!)

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