What we’re eating: Hellenic Republic’s Cypriot grain salad

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This is an absolute favourite of ours at the moment, and not my own recipe at all. In fact the recipe today has been taken from goodfood.com.au and was original written by Travis Mcauley.

I make it as a side but end up enjoying it as my main. It really is a delicious summer eat.

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Ingredients

1 bunch coriander, chopped
1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 cup freekah (or cracked wheat or quinoa)
1/2 cup Puy lentils
2 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp toasted slivered almonds
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
2 tbsp baby capers
1/2 cup currants
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp extra virgin olive
Sea salt to taste
1 pomegranate, deseeded, to serve

Dressing
1 cup thick Greek yoghurt
1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1 tbsp honey

Method

Blanch freekah and lentils separately in boiling water until both just cooked.

Drain well and allow to cool.

Mix the yoghurt, ground cumin and honey until combined.

In a medium bowl, place the coriander, parsley, red onion, freekah, lentils, toasted nuts, capers, currants, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix well and season to taste.

Place into serving dish and top with cumin yoghurt and pomegranate seeds.

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New Year, new you… and all that jazz!

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Can you believe its 2015 already? I just got used to the fact that it’s 2014.

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But here we are and I have a good feeling about this year. I’m not big on that stuff, the whole new year new me thing. But this year feels different.

This year, my husband is moving home after 12 months living apart. I have a fantastic job, a great house, the best friends and of course my amazing little Oliver J.

So I thought, what the heck, I am going to give my much unloved blog a new look, some new found love and some new content.

So who is Patch Imperfect? It’s a blog about everything that’s not quite perfect, but wonderful in its imperfections.

It’s about fashion, and being midsized in a society that is obsessed with being petite or plus sized. It’s about health, with the occasional chocolate binge. It’s about the job I love and the family I adore and my inability to fully enjoy one without feeling guilty about the other.

If you want to contribute to patch imperfect, please contact me.

I look forward to sharing 2015 with you all, in all its chaotic imperfections.