Pancake Day is Flippin’ Great!

I actually cannot flip pancakes.

To be honest though, I haven’t ever really tried. I feel next year I might have to give it a go and hope it doesn’t end up on the floor!

As far as I am aware, Pancake Day was originally a Pagan celebration which then turned into a religious tradition (just like most of the holidays). Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), is the day before the 40 day fasting period known as Lent. On this day people would eat all of the rich foods left in their house. Different countries celebrate this tradition in different ways, some by having carnivals and others by eating certain dishes.

In England we eat pancakes.

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BLTA Quinoa Salad

What do you get if you cross quinoa with one of my favourite sandwiches?

A really kick ass salad, that’s what.

I have wanted to make a quinoa salad for a while, but there were so many options and I just couldn’t decide what flavour combination would work best. But after a major craving for a bacon and avocado sandwich, I thought ‘hold the phone’, this could be the basis of an awesome salad! I love BLT sandwiches (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato), I love bacon and avocado sandwiches, and I love a good salad. And that is how the BLTA quinoa salad was born. It’s super simple and really tasty, and do not miss out the squeeze of limón at the end, it really ties everything together.

I would just like to apologise for the picture below, it is really quite awful, but I had to take it with my phone (my camera had gone walkabout) and it’s all a bit blurry. Normally it takes OK photos, but clearly it (or I) was having a bad photo day!

Enjoy!

(A quick note: cook the quinoa in advance of when you want to eat, as it needs to cool after it has cooked before you assemble the salad.)

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