I make my best salads when I’m rushed, nothing has been planned, everything is running out and I need to shop and the fridge is empty save for a bunch of ridiculously random ingredients.
This salad starts with a basic red and green lettuce base and gets more interesting and utterly tasty with each addition.
The strong sweet of the Fuyu persimmon with the garlic makes for a zingy mix, and the coconut oil and nuts give the whole dish a soft nutty flavour.
Red Lettuce chopped fine (4 leaves)Green lettuce chopped fine (4 leaves)
Corriander chopped fine (hand full)
Lebanese Cucumber diced (1/2)
Fuyu Persimmon (x 1 firm & non-astringent) diced.
Hazel Nuts raw and crushed (any raw nut will do)
Juice of half a large orange
Pinch of salt to taste
4 cloves of fresh garlic chopped fine
2 table spoons of sunflower oil (any oil will do)
1 heaped table spoon of liquid coconut oil
Mix all salad ingredients in a bowl or on a plate. Mix dressing ingredients in a cup and pour over salad.
To bulk it up service with a baked sweet potato and/or a mild-flavoured soft cheese.
The bicycle is a simple solution to some of the world’s most complex problems, and the only transportation option that can return true livability to our cities.
Yet around the world it is marginalised, moved on to make way for private cars, and citizens who wish to get about by bicycle are subject to substandard infrastructure.
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Food is my favourite thing after being a bicycle babe, so it’s lucky they go hand in hand.
When you’re a bicycle babe clean fresh food, not greasy fossil fuels, becomes the flavour of the day without you even trying.
Driving a car means you find yourself, through no choice of your own, surrounded by junky snacks, sugary drinks and few healthy eating options.
Radio ads set a low-brow food tone, fast food drive-throughs line your route home and petrol-station snack bars offer the weary traffic-drunk traveler a boggling array of sugar hits to get you home.
The bicycle babe rarely encounters dirty-food diversions, and on-route we end up taking peach-stops at fruit stalls in a no parking zone, detouring down narrow-city alleys to organic eateries, or dropping our ride on the grass of a street park to unpack a home-made sandwich or soup.
Better still, the time saved in traffic, finding car parking spaces, or the hours in the gym leaves space in the day for making meals, eating slow food, or shopping for the good ingredients.
Indeed getting the ingredients right for the bicycle life is the difference between bicycle babe and bicycle slave, so here is the first of my favourite fuels in my new Recipes For The Ride series.
Strawberry and Honey-Mustard Mix Up.
- Red lettuce (4 big leaves)
- Vietnamese mint (generous handful)
- Cherry tomatoes (10)
- Strawberries (8)
- Sesame crackers (generous handful)
- Dates (5)
- Indian fried yogurt seasoning (tablespoon)
Chop all ingredients in to bite-size pieces, toss together in bowl, drizzle with dressing, eat.
- Honey Mustard (desert spoon)
- Olive oil (desert spoon)
- Lemon juice (half)
- Salt (a pinch or two depending on your taste)
Mix all ingredients in a cup, taste test the flavour and add more salt, lemon or mustard as required, add to salad just before eating.
A reality of being a bicycle babe is that 30 minutes of light pedaling to and from work gets the blood moving and the heart beating a little faster than if you sit stagnant in a car.
While you never work up a sweat pedaling at a leisurely bicycle-babe pace, gentle body movement causes the skin to become active which clears the mind, cleans the blood, keeps the skin flushed with health, and makes you feel great.
What you don’t want is any smell!
Slow-movement skin mist is just water and salts and has no smell, what causes “body odour” is the growth of bacteria on the skin.
Washing the body, especially under the arms, with Sulphur soap corrects the pH of the skin and prevents the growth of odour-producing bacteria.
Sulphur’s anti-bacterial quality is so effective that it lasts all day and reduces, or even rules out, the need for antiperspirant deodorants.
Antiperspirant deodorants are toxic because they block the bodies natural activity and the potent chemicals in antiperspirant deodorants enter the lymph system and can cause breast cancer.
Sulphur is completely safe because it occurs naturally as a pure element, and it forms part of the chemical bonds of keratin molecules which make up our skin and hair.
Sulphur ointment was used in ancient Egypt and Greece for medicines and in China, since the 6th century BC, in traditional medicine.
Early European alchemists used it in skin treatments to alleviate skin conditions such as scabies, ringworm, psoriasis, eczema and acne.
You can also wash your hair and face with Sulphur soap which prevents, conditions such as smelly scalp and acne. The trick is to only wash your hair with Sulphur soap no more than 3 times a week, as soap leaves the hair dull.
There are many Sulphur-based skin cleaning products on the market, but many are full of harsh chemicals. The best Sulphur soaps use a neutral plant base, and are free of chemical dyes, greasy fillers and are made by people who know and care about their product.
To purchase our ‘secret to smelling sweet’ soap go to The Bicycle Bootique online shop
And remember: Sulphur naturally tarnishes metals so remove jewellery before showering.