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Warm Carrot & Goat's Cheese Salad

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Hello, everyone!

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.

Warm Carrot & Goat's Cheese Salad


2-3 people lunch or a nice platter as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 500 gram carrots (cut in diagonal chunks)
  • 2 tbsp regular olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon (about 1 1/2 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds
  • 75 gr. soft goat's cheese
  • 200 gr. baby spinach leaves (you can substitute this with regular spinach, kale, lettuce or any kind of leafy green vegetable, the baby spinach is just my personal favourite)
  • few sprigs of dill

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, toss the pieces of carrot with the oil, cumin, salt and pepper. Line a baking tray with baking paper and scatter the carrots on the tray in one even layer. Make sure they don't overlap too much. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Mix the honey and lemon juice together in a bowl. Toss the mix through the carrots on the baking tray and place back in the oven for 8-10 min, until the carrots are soft and shiny.
  4. Make yourself a nice plate of leafy spinach, warm carrots and goat's cheese and sprinkle over the dill and the nigella seeds. Enjoy this warm salad warm ;) Or let the carrots cool and toss all the ingredients together for a chilled lunch/bbq/etc. salad dish later.

Notes

tags:   Lunch, Dinner, Salad, Spinach, Carrot, Goat's Cheese, Vegetarian