>Feeling like a spring-clean of your soul?! Well, cleansing sometimes starts in the kitchen. With this timid springtime upon us I am going back to yoga and running in the cold but sunny mornings and I need the sort of detoxifying food to match.
Passata (or crushed tomatoes)1 glass-full
Water 150 ml
OXO 2 spoonful
Chopped spring onions and cress 1 handful
For the sauce :
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Soya sauce 2 tbsp
Mirin ( sweet japanese rice vinegar) or wine vinegar 1 tbsp
Wasabi paste (japanese horseradish) pea-size amount- Don’t overdo this!
Rinse the Quinoa in fresh water by passing it through in a sieve. Put in a pan with the water, the passata and the OXO. Cook on slow heat until all water has evaporated, take it off the heat and reserve. When cool, mix in with your fingers a handful of pickled ginger chopped up plus a handful of cress and spring onions.
Then blend all the sauce ingredients together and have a taste: I love it when it’s got a good bite and is full of mingling exotic flavours. Do be careful when adding the wasabi though as this is powerful stuff and it is easier to add than to take out!
When I feel like fresh, clean tastes, I always tend to fall back onto Japanese ingredients as they seem to bring just the exact spot of healthy but flavoursome detox!
Have a sharp green tea with this lunch and you will feel wholesome and virtuous, ready to tackle any free radicals! A jump on my bike to the yoga class is what I will want next. If I’m good…