If there is ever one food that i’m not good at making, it’s salad.
I suck BIG time at making salad lip smacking good. No really, i do. I’ve browsed through tens of books and magazines on salad but i can never get it right. As strange as it may sound, it’s true. So why salad post today?
Well, i’ve kinda honed my skill a teeeennnieeee bit so, here i am, with this post of mine.. (but mostly because i wanna use these gorgeous plate and bowl (?) given by the lovely girlfriend from Australia when she came visiting. Mind you, she didn’t just lugged these two items for me, she filled almost half my props pantry up with many others! Heartfelt thank you, E! :*)
Pumpkin Salad with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey
300-400g butternut pumpkin, deseeded, cut into 2 cm thick pieces
olive oil to drizzle
50g organic mixed salad leaves
a handful of cherry tomatoes
2 pinches of toasted sunflower seeds
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
5 tbsp honey
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 200c. Drizzle the pumpkin with olive oil. Roast for 15-20 minutes till tender. Check for the doneness with skewer.
2. To make dressing : Combine vinegar, honey and olive oil in a screwtop jar and shake all your might till well combined. If you must, microwave the jar for 10 minutes with the screw top removed to melt the honey.
3. Place salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a salad bowl. Drizzle with dressing. Serve.
I know i over edited the photos quite a bit but that’s because i missed my Photoshop so very much! Grin.
For the past few weeks, all the photos were touched up using the most basic software of all.. which comes with Windows. God knows what izzit called.. OH, wait.. It’s Windows Live Photo Gallery (i just checked). Teeeheheheheeee! Yup, so i’ve been using that for editing and i totally dreaded it but horrr, somebody just cannot fathom what’s the fuss about since i use only the basic-est functions of all functions on Photoshop which can be found on almost all (FREE) photo editing software.
Well, my only explanation is that i work best and fastest using familiar software and not anything else. I dislike spending time (can’t afford it) familiarizing with another software (lawwdd, the amount of googling one must do… *faints*) and in the end, i still cannot achieve the result i want *pulls hair*. Uh huh, even though i use only the very basic tools, the results differ. Funny eh?
Anyway, i’m so glad that i found my Photoshop CD again and i’m never gonna lose it ever (it’s now kept together in my VIS — very important stuff — box), evaaaaa. Period.