This was the dish I really should have dined on yesterday.
Still, no real harm done. Instead of being a speedy supper it found its true calling as a lightning lunch.
Ready in under 15 minutes, if you get your act together.
Yesterday, I finally found my long-lost collection of DVDs. Hurrah. Great joy, etc.
It was only then that I realised that we possess but one functional device capable of reading said disks with a non-busted sound output jack – my old Win-XP era desktop system, which for rather complicated reasons now lost in the mists of time is named “Greg“.
We bought a new grill-pan yesterday.
Non-stick, mais naturellement. Induction compatible. Competitive price. Couldn’t be better.
Mrs. Paleovirtus and Paleovirtus Jr. couldn’t wait to test it out, and so a couple of nice slabs of entrecôte were purchased for that very purpose. Seasoned, oiled, minute and a half a side – you know the story.
The title of this post has nothing to do with mothers!
Mums as used in this sense means “yummy!” in Swedish – very apt here if you ask me.
In need of a quick lunch, I had a wander over to our local Ica hypermarket, where I bought a bag of their 60 / 40 % raw cabbage and carrot salad mix, and a tin of mackerel in a Paleo friendly tomato sauce – i.e. just water, tomato purée, and a bit of salt.
Back at home I simply chucked in about a third of a cucumber, sliced, and dumped in a good handful of hot chilli flakes I had loitering with intent in a cupboard.
The fish was then flaked into the salad bowl, and everything was given a nice old mix.
Pow! Ka-zaam! Take that, lunch-time hunger demon!
Sometimes you can anguish all day about what to have for dinner, so that you end up going around in mental circles, suggesting and rejecting the same set of dishes over and over again.
And then, pow! – inspiration strikes on the bike ride home. Chalk one up for the Zen of cycling.
So, mes amis, here are 2 obscenely tasty salads that were super quick to prepare – I was finishing off my meal well under an hour after walking through the door.
Cabbage and apple
Dead easy, this one. Simply shred the cabbage of your choice as fine as your equipment and skill levels allow, and core, segment, and finely slice the apple of your choice, too.
Scatter over as many sunflower seeds as you feel comfortable with – any other seed or finely chopped nut would also work, I reckon. Mix well. Dress with lime juice and sesame oil. Mix again. Season. Serve.
Mackerel, olive, and caper salad
This one is only slightly more work than the first salad!
Finely chop half a red onion. Into the salad bowl with it. Next in, 1 green chilli (be brave!) finely chopped. A good handful of pitted black olives should now be roughly chopped, and then in with them, too. Roughly chop a couple of tomatoes. Add to the bowl. Add capers to taste.
Drain and then flake a tin of mackerel. Mix with the other ingredients. Dress with lime juice and olive oil. Season. Serve with whole, crisp, lettuce leaves – make lettuce leaves filled with the salad into “tortillas”.
Another day, another fish based salad type concoction for dinner.
It’s quick, easy, damn tasty, and Paleo – what more do you, neigh, could you, want…?
It doesn’t get a lot better than that, now does it….?
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