Super Rainbow Salad Recipe

by Elizabeth Sellers on 24 July 2014 · 3 comments

This is a guest post from my brilliant and super-inspiring friend, Jessica Brookes and her collaborators at The Shanti Space, Laura McBride and chef, Flora Nichol. 
Rainbow Salad Recipe

OUR STORY

It began in early 2012 among the Himalayan backdrop of Parvati Valley, India. A group of nature lovers united together to create a space for relaxation and wellbeing at a music festival to raise awareness of the importance of conservation and donations to support programs in the village.

We did it for consciousness. We did it for love.

OUR MISSION

The Shanti Space creates spaces for ‘shanti’ (Sanskrit for peace) with the belief that peace in our outside world starts from within.

OUR SPACES

From hammocks in the Andalusian hills to thin airs of the Himalayan mountains; we take you in to spaces where you can tune in, reflect and rejuvenate.

The Shanti Space provides a range of services including retreats, yoga workshops, creative coaching, meditation & invigoration workshops, health & wellbeing,  massage & beauty, energy & sound healing.

Rainbow Salad

SUPER RAINBOW SALAD by Flora Nichol (serves 2)

This rainbow salad contains a wonderful selection of flavours locked into the ingredients – bursts of citrus flavor in the onions, sharp peppery rocket, crunchy salted super nuts and a soothing sweet dressing.

Whenever it comes to making fresh salads, don’t get hung up on the ingredients or the quantities. Be inspired by what you find at your local market or in your cupboards.

Ingredients

  • 1 small Red Onion, very finely sliced
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Half a cup Red Quinoa
  • One cup Water
  • 1 Carrot, julienned
  • 1 Red Pepper, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower Seeds
  • splash of Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds (optional)
  • 4 handfuls of Rocket or Baby Spinach

Other colours of the rainbow – Edamame beans, Fresh Sweetcorn, Orange or Yellow Peppers, Fresh Chilli.

for the dressing

  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed with a pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Honey (local or acacia)
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 3 tbsp Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 Pomegranate
  • Handful of Parsley finely chopped
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

The Super Salad

  1. First place the finely sliced onion in with the lime juice, and allow to soak in a bowl while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. I’ve never been a huge fan of raw onions but I love the colour, so preparing them in this way locks a beautiful burst of lime flavour into each slice.
  2. Wash the red quinoa in running water for two minutes, drain well and place in a saucepan (that has a lid) and cook until all the excess water has evaporated, then add 1 cup of water, put the lid on the pan and bring to the boil, simmer on a very low heat for 15 minutes, then allow to sit for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Place the sunflower and pumpkin seeds in a small frying pan and heat for approx. 5 minutes on a medium/high heat tossing now and again until the pumpkin seeds begin to pop. Then add a good splash of soya sauce and stir well. The soya sauce should become a sticky coating on the seeds. Places to one side and allow to cool.

Dressing

  1. Next for the fun part – take the kernels out of a pomegranate by slicing the pomegranate horizontally, then over a large bowl, whack the tops with a rolling pin until all the kernels fall out. Also, if you are wearing white you might be lucky enough to get a wonderful Pomegranate-Pollock-esque design on your frock.
  2. Then add all the ingredients to the bowl and whisk well.

All together now!

  1. Finally… in a large bowl combine the quinoa, onion, carrot, pepper, seeds and mix thoroughly with your dressing. At the last minute, add the rocket.

Rainbow Salad with Feta Recipe

Serving suggestion

Rainbow Salad, Sourdough & Feta

I love to eat this salad with freshly baked Sourdough and a medium/soft feta or goats cheese. Sometimes I combine parsley with garlic and salt and oil, and roll the squares of cheese in the mixture.

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Inside Out Yoga Retreat

JOIN US ON A RETREAT!

The retreat we’re (Jessica, Laura and Flora) collaborating on is Inside Out - a food, yoga & sound therapy retreat in Spain. With a macrobiotic approach to food and elemental yoga.
This five-day elemental food, sound and yoga therapy retreat will gently nourish your body, stimulate your senses and lift your spirits as we connect with the surroundings and engage with natures elements; Earth, water, fire, air, and space.

With simplicity and movement, we invite you to this long weekend workshop to tune in from the inside out.

As a special gift to Rosalilium readers we would love to offer you a very exclusive and generous 20% discount! Just get in touch and we’ll arrange the discount.

Check out the details of the Inside Out retreat here.

Spain
Thanks for having us and hope you enjoy your Rainbow Salad!

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VIDEO: Review of Hotel la Tour, Birmingham

by Elizabeth Sellers on 17 July 2014 · 0 comments

Disclosure: I was invited to stay as a guest at Hotel la Tour. Words, thoughts and images are my own. Thanks for supporting Rosalilium!

Hotel La Tour Review

Back in June we stayed at my favourite hotel in Birmingham, Hotel la Tour, whilst organising Blognix. It was the perfect spot to relax in between the mayhem of the conference.

Hotel la Tour is an independent luxury 4 star hotel in central Birmingham. It’s ideally located just a few minutes from the Bull Ring shopping centre and the train stations. And just a 10 minute walk from the Custard Factory, where we hosted Blognix.

As the organisers of Blognix, we needed a hotel that was guaranteed to give us a good night’s sleep, feed us quickly with delicious breakfast in the morning, and with a enough space in the room to get the final bits and bobs sorted for the conference.

Hotel la Tour totally fit the bill.

We arrived around lunchtime on the Friday before Blognix and checked in with reception. They do have some rather snazzy self check-in machines which must be perfect during busy periods. But it was super quiet when we got there so we checked-in via the receptionist. She was incredibly professional and helpful, and we even got to request to be in a top floor room so we could see some views.

We made our way up to our gorgeous room. Quickly hung up our clothes for the following day and made a dash to the venue to set-up.

The room itself is a comfortable size with a large bed, two different textures of pillow (some prefer soft, some hard), there’s a thin wardrobe for hanging clothes along with an iron and ironing board. A small tea/coffee area and a safe.

There’s no overpriced minibar here. If you want refreshments they are more than happy to bring some to your room. As someone who has never used a hotel mini bar, I was fine with that.

The room had a decent-sized desk/dressing table next to which was an array of sockets for charging all kinds of devices. An essential these days! My favourite was the plug socket next to the bed – I was practically chained to my smartphone over Blognix weekend so I need access to battery top-ups constantly.

The room also has a bluetooth system, that hooks up to the TV. So after watching a bit of news in the morning we were able to listen to our Spotify playlists via the speakers. Hoorah! Much needed when getting psyched up for a full-on conference.

Let’s not even get started on how awesome the bathroom was! It was spotless, something that I find lacking so often in hotels. The bathroom was pristine with gorgeous finishings, a huge shower with a powerful rainfall shower-head, perfect for waking me up on the morning of Blognix after just 5 hours sleep.

And of course, as I mentioned before, the food at Hotel la Tour is brilliant. We had breakfast included both days and it was an utter godsend for our weary bodies. We loaded up of delicious barista-made coffee, helped ourselves to fresh pastries and filled up on a cooked breakfast. I knew we wouldn’t get much to eat over the day so this was a blessing; a perfect start to the day.

I’ve made a cute little 2 minute video of our time at Hotel la Tour including a sneak peek at the breakfast and inside our room. Hope you like it!

I can honestly say Hotel la Tour is one of my favourite hotels, and certainly my favourite in Birmingham. I have been there a few times, staying at the hotel, eating in the Aalto restaurant and sampling their afternoon tea. Every time I have been to this hotel I have been impressed by the impeccable service, stunning decor and excellent food. I’d happily recommend it to you.

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Recipe: Indian Prawn Curry

by Elizabeth Sellers on 15 July 2014 · 2 comments

Indian Prawn Curry Recipe | Rosalilium

Don’t you just love it when you’re experimenting with food and stumble across the best Indian Prawn Curry you have ever tasted in your life?!

It was a pretty standard mid-week evening not long ago and we were trying to come up with something for dinner. As I mentioned before in this post, we’re eating clean and quitting sugar so we sometimes struggle with coming up with new ideas for food. It would be so easy to fall back into our old food repertoire but we are determined to try this thing out.

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Video: Craft Tutorial – Tissue Paper Pom-Pom

by Elizabeth Sellers on 12 July 2014 · 1 comment

Tutorial: Tissue Paper Pom Pom

After a short hiatus I am back in business on my Youtube channel. Now, I know video isn’t for everyone. Hell, I was really unsure about it for a while. But since I got my iPad mini for my birthday this year, I do love a good Youtuber session in the evening. It’s becoming a little guilty pleasure of mine.

So thank you to everyone who is supporting me whilst I learn the Youtube ropes. On this video I worked out how to record a voiceover in iMovie. Whoop!

Today’s video is a quick craft tutorial I filmed with my little sister a while ago. We made some cute tissue paper pom-pom’s that a great little decorative features in my office.

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Be Yourself, Unless You Can Be a Unicorn

by Elizabeth Sellers on 11 July 2014 · 3 comments

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post. Words, thoughts and images are my own. Thanks for supporting Rosalilium!

Unicorn Top

It would seem the sartorial stars have aligned and great things are starting to happen to my wardrobe. It feels good, real good. There are so many things about this outfit that are exciting me right now.

Firstly, I’m sure we’re all very excited to know what is going on with that glorious golden unicorn on my top.

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Giveaway: Vintage Map Wall Chart

by Elizabeth Sellers on 8 July 2014 · 50 comments

Vintage World Map ChartIt’s no secret how much I love a good map or globe. I’m geography obsessed! See my Map and Globes pinterest board for my inspiration/obsession. I’m not sure whether it stems from my love of travel and adventure or just my serious desire to learn as much about the world as I can. Either way, in terms of decor details, I love a good map or globe.

So of course, I am utterly thrilled to be sharing my love of maps and offering one lucky Rosalilium reader one of these gorgeous Vintage Map Wall Charts from DotComGiftShop. Hoorah!

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Outfit: Cotton Beach Dress

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Birmingham: Bun and Bowl (Burger and Shrimp)

Not long ago, on one of our many jaunts up to Birmingham, we were invited over to Bun and Bowl for lunch. A burger and shrimp restaurant located in the Cube in the city centre. It’s a pretty new restaurant for Birmingham so we were looking forward to sampling something fresh and exciting. We were not […]

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