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Water. Air. Food. Sex. The essentials in life. The first two? Leave them in their natural state and they'll look after you just fine.. The later two? Fun to play with. Get a little creative with. And if the mood strikes you, mix the two... Food and sex have been linked throughout history. Think about it. I mean really think about it. Is there anything more sexy than good food? Chances are others think the same thing. These recipes are not just about seducing that special someone (or someones) but seducing yourself. Its easy to forget what a pleasure food can be. So take a knife, some nice ingredients, and get Seductive in the Kitchen.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sumptuous Paprika-Spiced Warm Cannelini bean Salad




I had unfortunate urges to name this salad after many bad puns on cannelini and cunnilingus - but fortunately for you - I did not.
Sumptuous is the correct term for the sum-uppance of this wondrous warm salad. I have been eating it once to twice a week for some time now.
It is healthy, comforting, fresh and absolutely scrumptious.
A lovely combination of peppery leaves, smoked paprika-spiced cannelini beans, sauteed garlic zuchinni and a wonderful crumble of goats cheese or soft fetta.
It is a little whimsical. Refreshing in summer, warming in winter. Well perhaps Australian winter.. I apologize to all you people freezing your asses off in snow climates...
Make some heat on the couch in front of the fire. Cook a stew.
It will be delicious.
This is my current favorite salad, hopefully it can be yours too.

A good couple of handfuls of a peppery salad leaf, such as rocket or watercress
1 x 440gm tin of cannelini beans, preferably a nice organic one
1-2tbls vege oil
1 tsp smoked paprika (see above blog)
1 small brown onion, roughly diced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Small knob of butter
1 small zuchinni, cubed to approx. the same size as the beans
A nice melting brie or some soft fetta, goats cheese or labna
1 ripe tomato, diced
Splash of vege stock or hot water



2tbls balsamic vinegar mixed with 2tbls olive oil and shaken or a lemon wedge - for dressing


Heat oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and saute onion and garlic till aromatic and soft.Tumble in your zucchini, sprinkle over the smoked paprika and fry till zucchini is soft - but with a little bite.
Everyone loves a little bite.



Drain and rinse the cannelini beans and pour into the pan.
Have a toss.
Add a little vege stock or hot water.
Toss some more.
Add the butter to the pan and melt all through.
Taste. Adjust seasoning as required.
Remove from heat and mix through tomatoes. You want them a little warm but not soft.





Arrange salad in two bowls or one large bowl for sharing. Pour in the bean mix. Drizzle sexily with balsamic and oil vinaigrette or simply a squeeze of lemon. Crumble over your cheese of choice.
Munch to your hearts desire.


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