Pumpkin & Feta Salad-Meal

Sunday, April 18, 2010

food painting for the vegetarian cookbook by Fiona Morgan
Light. Fresh. Filling. Warm.


Food painting artwork

30 x 30cm oil on canvas. This time I was again inspired by Klee. Dancing bold shapes on various backgrounds is a style he used in the late 1930's. It intrigues me, as it is not a style that comes naturally to me. And so I have made my own version of this style with abstracted symbols of the main recipe ingredients and arranged them playfully, a la Klee.

By the way, all the food painting artwork is available to own in the Official Art Store.


The meatless meals recipe

When the recipe muse smacks me over the head with inspiration, it does it well. That's all I can say. This whole recipe landed from the ether, almost fully formed. Exact quantities were missing, but that was simple to deduce. This is really easy to put together. Just cook the few ingredients that need it and combine.

450g pumpkin, chopped into 1cm cubes
100g green beans, very finely sliced
150g feta cheese, very finely crumbled
100g walnuts, broken up
1/4 small onion, very finely sliced
about 1 cup or 18g parsley leaves (left whole and with stems removed)
1 cup couscous
1 cup or 250 ml water
1 teaspoon salt
cracked pepper to taste
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Boil the pumpkin until done.
Steam the beans (on top of the pumpkin?) until they turn bright green.
Put the couscous in a bowl. Add the salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Then add 1 cup of boiling (straight from the kettle) water. Mix and cover with a lid for 3-5 minutes.
Combine the feta, walnuts, parsley and onion in a big mixing bowl.
As the other ingredients are done, add them to the feta mix.
Add a generous amount of cracked black pepper, to taste.
Add a good slosh of both olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the completed mix, about 3-4 tablespoons of each.

Fills 2 people.


More vegetarian cookbook goodies

Need help with conversions? Download this handy dandy pdf of cooking conversion charts for every cooking measuring system I could find. It should make your life easier.

Want to check out more vegetarian dinner recipes? They're all in the Table of Contents.

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