Yotam Ottolenghi versus Jamie Oliver

I’m not sure if you should compare the two, but I couldn’t help but do this after I accidentally made two very similar dishes this week, one by Yotam Ottolenghy and one by Jamie Oliver. Jamie’s iPhone app has a recipe for a Thai-style chicken salad. It has charred onions, chicken, mango, beansprouts, peanuts and more. Then, yesterday I ran into the recipe for a Vietnamese beef salad by Yotam Ottolenghi. Very similar vegetables in there and it also comes with charred onions, but then again, it’s chicken versus beef, a sour dressing versus a sweet-n-sour dressing, Vietnamese versus Thai…

So actually comparing the two is hard, but I still preferred the Ottolenghi recipe. Although both were very nice, the Vietnamese beef salad had flavors that were much more balanced and lingered much longer than those of the recipe by Jamie Oliver. Nice, really nice! (the picture shows the Jamie recipe by the way)

While we’re speaking about food, let me also share you my favorite breakfast dish as of last Sunday: quinoa with cinnamon, nuts and other niceties.

Cook your quinoa (black, white, red, that’s nice and colourful) according to packet instructions, add two cinnamon sticks to the pan before starting to cook. Remove the cinnamon once the quinoa is done (water fully absorbed, fluff it a bit with a fork) and put it in one or more bowls. Add cranberries, dried apricots, nuts (walnut, pecan), raisins, some maple syrup and some milk. There you go: breakfast of champions!

While we’re at it; I bought most of the ingredients for the breakfast dish at the Volkskruidentuin last weekend. Great store on the Kinkerstraat with the biggest collections of herbs, nuts, rice, dried fruits and grain products I know of in the whole of Amsterdam. No website, so a Yelp review will have to do.

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