Salad with Pearl Barley, Apples and Bacon

Looking through our recipe index you will find a large number of high fat recipes, but we are not alway eating unhealthy 😉 We often make salads and monday through thursday we try to avoid wheat – notice the ‘try’ 😀

Salad inspiration is often found on other blogs or through television cooking shows, but we are not that good at following recipes and often we just don’t have the required ingredients, meaning that we just use what we have in the fridge/pantry.
The inspiration for this salad comes from Salattosen – a Danish salad creator with huge success due to her innovative ideas and good looking pictures. There is no doubt that she has made us eat vegetables that we didn’t even know before visiting her site. So thank you Mette!

 

Ingredients (2-3 servings)

1 cup pearl barley

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 lemon, juice

1 red onion

1 apple

1 cup cilantro (or other fresh herbs)

8 slices bacon

Pepper for seasoning

 

Rinse the barley in cold water and cook as described on the packages (approximately 45 minutes). Let cool if you want a cold salad, otherwise you can make the salad immediately.

While cooking the barley you can fry the bacon slices. Let drip off on paper towel when fried to remove the dripping fat.

Pearl Barley Salad 1

 

Add the olive oil and lemon juice to the barley and stir. Chop the onion, apple and cilantro, add it to the barley and stir. Taste and season with if necessary.Pearl Barley Salad 2

Crumble the fried bacon and add it to the salad just before serving. The salad can be made hours before serving, but the we would recommend that you add the bacon just before serving as it otherwise looses its crispiness. Id you are a vegetarian you can leave out the bacon and season with a bit of salt instead.
The salad is suitable for all sorts of meat, but this times we served it with home made fish fingers 🙂Pearl Barley Salad 3

Bon Appétit!

 

Ingredients (2-3 servings)

2.5 dl pearl barley

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 red onion

1 apple

2.5 dl cilantro (or other fresh herbs)

8 slices bacon

Pepper for seasoning

Caramelized Apples for Halloween Party

Last Night we hosted this years halloween party (again) and was dressed as Baby Firefly and Captain Spaulding from the movies A 1000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects – it was nothing less than a fabulous party where everyone was dressed up and our apartment looked like something from a horror movie!Halloween 2013 (26 of 57)

Normally we invite everyone to dinner with following party, but this year we decided not to through dinner but only party and snacks. Besides chips and dip we had made small pumpkin look-a-like clementines with celery stems and caramelized apples 🙂
Caramelized apples is not something that you would see anywhere in Denmark, while glazed apples is served everywhere for christmas.

When making caramelized apples you can use many sorts of caramel. Normally we make our own caramel but sometimes it is nice to try something else and it turned out to be delicious!
It is quite sticky (but sooooo delicious) so next we will definitely use some longer wooden sticks so it gets easier to eat the apple directly from the stick instead of cutting it in smaller pieces 🙂

Pumpkin Clementine

Ingredients (12 apples)

12 apples

2 cans (14 oz.) condensed milk

1 cup roasted almonds, chopped

1 cup roasted walnuts, chopped

12 wooden sticks

 

Place the two cans with condensed milk in a large sauce pan and cover it with water. Turn on the heat and let cook for 3 hours. Make sure that the cans are covered with water during the entire cooking time – if not, there is a risk of explosion. Remove the cans from the sauce pan after 3 hours and let cool completely before opening.Caramelized Apples 1

While caramel is cooling you can prepare the apples. Clean the apples in cold water and dry thoroughly with paper towel. Replace the apple stem with a wooden stick.

Caramelized Apples 3

Open the cans with caramel and place it in a heat proof bowl. Melt slowly over a sauce pan of simmering water until it gets more soft. Whisk is necessary.
Dip the apples in the apples the caramel and roll them in chopped nuts afterwards. Place on a plate with baking paper and fridge until serving.Caramelized Apples 4

Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (12 apples)

12 apples

2 cans condensed milk

2,5 dl roasted almonds, chopped

2,5 dl roasted walnuts, chopped

12 wooden sticks