Spinach, Lentil and Apricot Salad with Cumin and Chillies

Today Tracy J Smith spoke my words for me, in the pages of her book Life on Mars: Poems:
"I've been beating my head all day long on the same six lines,
Snapped off and whittled to nothing like the nub of a pencil
Chewed up and smoothed over, yellow paint flecking my teeth."
- excerpt from the poem Alternate Take (2012)

So I leave you with salad.

Spinach, Lentil and Apricot Salad 
with Cumin Seeds and Chillies
serves 1-2

A simple but sunny salad for sharing, unless you're very hungry.

In a pretty dish, toss together:
2 cups washed and dried baby spinach
1 large apricot, chopped
1/4 c sunflower seeds, pan-toasted with a pinch of cumin seeds
1/4 c cooked (or canned) brown lentils
a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil
a splash of white wine vinegar
a pinch of chopped red chilies
a pinch of flaked sea salt

*use organic when you can

Amanda xx


  1. This looks amazing. I'm gonna share this with my wife. Looking forward to trying it.

  2. I need to up my iron intake IMMEDIATELY so this is perfect timing, thanks! Only problem is...cannot get decent fresh apricots in alice. cannot. I will have to make it with dried chopped ones instead.


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