It's been a little while, but I'm back. In the meantime, I visited one of my best friends, Liselore, in Banbury, England. We had the best of times and ate all the cake, it was amazing, as eating cake usually is. I also had one of the best matcha latte's I've ever had at a little cafe in Oxford. And remind you, I've lived in Japan and had my fair share of matcha latte's, so this is saying something. If you live in or around Oxford or ever come by the city during your travels, I highly recommend the matcha latte from the Art Cafe. Oh and while you are there, they also have a pretty large assortment of cakes, cookies and pies. For anyone interested, I posted a picture of the matcha latte I had on Instagram a few weeks ago, because yes, it was that good, I just had to share.
On another note, during one of our walks I convinced her to buy nigella seeds. Well actually, she didn't need a lot of convincing. The conversation kind of went like 'Hey, do you know these? They taste amazing on all kinds of vegetables.' She didn't know nigella seeds, so she bought them. As a thank you for this amazing fate in my taste buds and recommendations, I thought I'd put this warm salad using nigella seeds up here. I love nigella seeds on all kinds of roasted vegetables, but this salad combines them with two other favourites: carrots and goat's cheese. Because the carrots are warm and roasted, the soft goat's cheese will melt slightly and it is just heavenly so good.
Nigella seeds are also known as black cumin seeds, though they have nothing to do with actual cumin seeds, nor do they taste anything alike. However, the combination of cumin and nigella works very well. The flavour of nigella lies somewhere in the middle of onion, nutmeg, and black pepper and as I said before, it goes great with all kinds of vegetables or bread. Nigella seeds are also said to have various medicinal qualities, so yay, healthy healthy. Nigella seeds can be found in many health stores or middle eastern food stores if you are willing to try them out. This warm salad works well without the nigella seeds, but if you can find them, they just add that little extra dimension.
2-3 people lunch or a nice platter as a side dish