My friend Helen at Dixon Hill inspires me with her glowing health and her cupboard full of weird and wonderful ingredients. When I went for lunch once she rustled up the most beautifully zingy lentil salad, apparently one that everyone wants to know how to make. So Helen being the creative that she is put together a salad workshop and invited a group of people to her beautiful home to learn how it's done.
Helen has eaten a predominantly raw diet for many years and is a wealth of knowledge about eating this way. She showed us how to make five salads, all beautiful to look and bursting with nutrition.
Let me see if I can remember what went in them. This green salad had lettuce and rocket as a base with goji berries, currants, fresh basil, mint and parsley, hemp seeds, sea salad (a mix of dried sea weeds) and a macadamia nut oil dressing. Not forgetting the marigold on the top of course..
Helen would normally pick edible flowers from her garden in season but for the purpose of the workshop she bought us some to play with. What a pretty thing. I didn't know you could eat pansies.
This was rocket, apple, fennel, sunflower seeds and an incredible olive oil and cider vinegar dressing with a drop of orange essential oil in. Amazing. She finished it off with roasted sweet potato chunks.
Raw cauliflower is the base of this one. She calls it cauliflower couscous because that's what it looks like. It was so fresh.
I can't say I liked the thought if the 'sea spaghetti' much but it was surprisingly good. It looked a bit like tagliatelle. Helen mixed it up with potatoes, spring onions, rocket and sun dried tomatoes, a dressing I can't remember and some borage flowers.
Time to dig in.
It was possibly the healthiest meal I've eaten, ever and it was so, so tasty.
Helen sent us home with a goody bag too (lime green of course to match her kitchen) with some ingredients to experiment with and some seeds to plant. It was an absolutely gorgeous and inspiring afternoon.
Thanks Helen x