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Hello & Welcome! We are Martin and Yvonne, two thirty somethings living in the sunshine and looking to live life to the absolute full, whilst maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

We are constantly on the look out for innovative or just plain old traditional ways to ensure that we keep our bodies and minds in top condition for the, hopefully, long journey ahead.





Fresh Fig, Walnut & Mushroom Salad with a Carob & Balsamic Dressing

Fig, gluten free, gourmet, mushrooms, quick recipe, salad, salad dressing, simple recipe, starter

I wanted something fabulously quick and easy after a long day of travelling, so when I saw that fresh figs were on special at the fruit market I couldnít resist. Team it up with some lightly sauteed mushrooms, bang on a beautiful dressing and some walnuts and youíve got a pretty tasty salad ready in less than 15 minutes. Iíve been toying with the idea of a sweeter dressing (not using maple for a change) and carob is lovely, so much so I think I might make some cookies tomorrow using the carob syrupÖ. hmmmm but what to put with it, I shall ponder!

Iím sat all dressed and ready for the fashion show tonight, tried about 5 outfits on and went with the first one, a lovely simple LBD, isnít that always the way, Iíve got some ridiculous shoes on too, taking my comfy flats for driving and then weíll be sat for the next 3 hours (hopefully) hope I donít need to get up much as Iím about 6 foot 1 in these shoes and the lovely ladies Iím going with are a smidge shorter even in their towering wedges! Surprisingly these shoes are actually quite comfortable to wear, which is good as I havenít worn heels in over a yearÖ I bet my calves are sore tomorrow, but thatís then, so Iíll enjoy them just now though!

So, Iíll give you this recipe then Iím out the door to join some fashionistas for the evening!

Ingredients & Method

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Serves 2 and ready in 15 minutes

For the salad

6 medium button mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 red onion finely sliced
12 walnut halves roughly chopped
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 large figs cut into thick slices
Black pepper to season

For the dressing

1.5 tbsp carob syrup
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Serve with mixed leaves and some stuffed green olives, with a slice of your favourite bread smothered in hummus on the side.


Heat 2 tbsp water in a non stick saute pan and add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes before adding in the balsamic vinegar, keep the heat on medium/high and cook for a further 6 minutes, then toss in the red onion and walnuts, add a pinch of black pepper, mix everything together and turn off the heat.

Prepare your mixed leaves in your serving bowl, make it into a nest, then spoon the mushroom mixture into the centre, arrange your sliced figs around the side and add the green olives on top.

For the dressing, mix together the carob and balsamic vinegar in a small cup and give it a quick whisk and drizzle over the salad and youíre done!!

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