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Blackberry and Pine Nut Salad

I recently moved to California, the San Francisco bay area to be precise.
Aside from the people I work with I don't really know anyone here, which is hard, so what do I do when I'm bored? I start experimenting with new recipes. Due to San Francisco being known for its healthy eating I figured I'd start it off with a superfood salad.


It's a pretty easy dish, that consists of

Blackberries
Tomatoes
Kale
Pine Nuts
Feta Cheese
Organic Rice



It's pretty straightforward to make and takes a solid 30 minutes or so. Alongside that, it's also ridiculously healthy and my mother would be so very proud.

For starters you put however much rice you would like in a saucepan and then add double the amount in water. I use a mason jar to measure mine and usually have it at the '100' mark on that. Personally I have no clue what it represents, but its usually enough for me. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and a dash of salt to the water and rice, crank the stove up to boiling point and wait for the water to start boiling. Once it is boiling, turn the heat down to low and then cover the saucepan with a tight lid and allow the rice to cook for around 25 to 30 minutes.

Wait for about 15 minutes, chopping up your tomatoes in the meantime.

When we reach the 15 minute mark, pre heat a frying pan with some olive oil in it.


Once the frying pan is hot, chuck the kale into the pan [where you get to hear that beautiful sizzling sound]. Season it with a little salt and the juice of a lemon and move the kale around in the pan with a spatula so it doesn't burn.



Once the kale is complete, place it in your bowl or on your plate, and then chuck the tomatoes in your already hot pan and let them sizzle for a little bit. Then add some blackberries, and sprinkle a little feta on the top to add some colour and happiness. 


Look at it, already a sight of beauty.

Only a few more steps to go on this journey of healthiness. 

Your rice should be done by now, so take it off of heat and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes.

Wipe the remaining oil off of the already heated pan and throw some pine nuts on there so they are able to roast before you add them to the dish. You can use whatever kind of nuts take your fancy here obviously, but pine nuts just make me happy because pine nuts are in pesto and pesto is my favourite thing in life. 



Add the now ready rice and these roasted pine nuts to your dish and there you have it.

Happy eating!


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