Soul smiles and surf-sore shoulders leave me mindful and replete. A montage of new faces smiling in the heat. Moon memories and salted dreams sail me through the Monday office beat.
Yes, let’s strike out into the open, where wild places await. Let’s turn off the cell phones, leave our city behind. Let’s forget the time, and live by the heat of the earth. Let’s let this be the last update, sent into space.
I’ll be gone for a while, a moment, a week. To a place with a river, long grass and a beach. – Chris Mason, writer, poet, wildlife filmmaker, my husband:)
We set out to the West Coast, Verlorenvlei near Elandsbay (Elaandsbaai). With family and friends, the rhythm of the day revolves around the wind patterns and the sun’s heat. At nightfall we light candles, build fires and cook up our communal meals of with mains of snoek, crayfish, mutton, or boerewors.
During the early autumn days on Uithoek farm, red fruits become ripe and our little fingers come to collect them. One of my all-time favorite, is the pomegranate’s regal rubies that continue to bear fruit until mid autumn. The other is a tree berry that I recognized from knowing it inside a grinder. The hanging rainbow peppercorn trees are gifts of shade on the Uithoek farm with their big green wispy branches alongside the farm cottages. The burst of flavor from the tiny rainbow peppercorn is a medley of fragrant clove, frankincense and cardamom resemblance. I couldn’t resist some country fruit foraging and harvested a few jars to experiment with some new culinary creations and combinations. I really love the way the pomegranate and rainbow peppercorn are both powerful little kernels of red fantastic flavor accents.
This is my scrumptious salad recipe I’ve been enjoying this week, bursting with tantalizing flavor combinations.
Pomegranate and Peppercorn Salad Recipe:
200 grams of crisp mixed garden lettuce/watercress/beetroot leaves, etc
1/4 cup fresh pomegranate kernels
1/2 tsp fresh rainbow peppercorns
1/8 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup pecans
1 soft ripe plum or small pear
1/8 cup Danish blue cheese
1 TB tahini
2 TB apple cider vinegar
1 tsp hemp powder
In a small bowl add tahini, hemp powder and apple cider vinegar. Whisk together. Wash and rinse the lettuce leaves and plum. Cut the plum in small bite-size pieces. Crumble the danish blue cheese. Toast your pecans and pumpkin seeds until golden brown in a frying pan (the pumpkin seeds will start making crackling sound), then remove from the heat. Cut open the pomegranate and remove the fresh red pomegranate kernels by removing all the white pith that covers and connects the kernels together. Add all the ingredients together into a large bowl and drizzle the dressing over. Toss the salad so all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Enjoy the delicious crunch of pomegranates and rainbow peppercorns in this nutritious salad!