Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tomato & Onion Salad

The star of this recipe is my mother in law. In Argentina and Uruguay they serve raw tomatoes, onions and lettuce with the fish and meat. I was amazed by the mild flavour of the onions. My mother in law taught me that the secret is to wash the sliced onions in salt to get rid of the strong stingy flavour leaving the onions tasting mild and subtle. I added red wine vinegar to bring out the sweet flavour of these locally grown vine tomatoes.

Tomato & Onion Salad
4 small yellow onions, thinly sliced
4 medium sized tomatoes, sliced
2 tbsp red wine vinegar 
1 tbsp sea salt   

Quickly rinse the thinly sliced onions in cold water. Drain and add the salt. Use your hands to rub the salt and onions together. Rinse with water. Combine tomatoes, onions and vinegar in a bowl and serve. Make a big batch, double the recipe, and keep in an air-tight container in the fridge up to 5 days and serve as a starter or side salad to accompany any meal. 

HEALTH BENEFITS: Onions promote digestive health and protects against colon cancer. They help to maintain a healthy blood sugar level and are a good source of dietary fibre. Tomatoes with their nutrient content acts anti-inflammatory, prevent skin disorders and cancer, eliminate wrinkles, and act against the aging process and produces anti-stress hormones.

FREE FROM: gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, egg, yeast and lactose

Monday, April 12, 2010

Back on Track

It has been a while since my last post. Moving home, a trip to Argentina and Uruguay, studies, and a lot of catching up to do have kept me fairly busy. Anyway, I am back on track and I have so much I want to share with you but first things first. 

This time of year, just around Easter, is the ultimate time to visit Buenos Aires, Argentina. The summer is coming to an end and the fresh slightly crisp air gives signs of autumn slowly taking over. Being a big city you do not really want the swelling heat to cope with but rather the cooler air. Don't get me wrong, we were still spoiled with sunny days comparable to a Swedish summer.

Fresh fish was something I enjoyed almost every day accompanied with a fresh lettuce, tomato and onion salad or steamed spinach with garlic. I was served some interesting toppings on my fish some of which I tend to try at home and share with you. The meat is of course a big part of the Argentinean cuisine and I do definitely recommend trying it, even if you like me prefer fresh fish in front of red meat.

Before any recipes will be posted a few signature pictures are in place:

Dog walkers were to be seen everywhere. Dogs are the Argentineans favourite pet.

Dorrego Bar just by Plaza Serrano is the first bar and cafĂ© in Buenos Aires.

Every Sunday there is an Antics Market at Plaza Serrano where they sell everything from hats and...

...Mate jugs (Mate is a caffeine drink and very common amongst Argentineans) to...
...old glass soda water bottles.

An hour outside of Buenos Aires is El Ombu Ranch where you can ride these lovely horses.

The daily fish market by the harbour in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

If you are planning to visit Buenos Aires, Argentina please do not hesitate to contact me for any tips of restaurants etcetera.