Creamy Broccoli Salad with Sunflower Seeds

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Creamy Broccoli Salad with Sunflower Seeds
Adapted from Lauren

Ingredients
5-6 cups broccoli florets
1 medium onion chopped
½ cup celery chopped
¼ – ½ cup sunflower seeds
Few walnuts to garnish
½ cup crumbled bacon (optional)
1 cup yogurt (can replace with mayo or combine yogurt +mayo)
Salt and pepper

Method:
Steam the cleaned florets for 5-8 mins. Leave it slightly crunchy.
Cool and transfer to a large bowl.
Add onion, celery, sunflower seeds and bacon if using and mix.
Mix yogurt, salt and pepper in another bowl and add to broccoli.
Mix well.
Garnish with more sunflower seeds, few walnut pieces and bacon bits.
Serve.

Broccoli salad

Date and Walnut Loaf

Date and walnut loaf

Extremely soft and delicious…..perfect crumbs!!

Date and Walnut Loaf
Recipe from my dear friend Hanan

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs lightly beaten
¾ cup + 2tbsp butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped walnut pieces
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ tsp salt

1 ½ – 2 cups chopped dates
1tsp baking soda
1 cup boiling water

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Method:
Place chopped dates in a bowl.
Add boiling water and baking soda and stir.
Leave aside to cool completely.
Sieve flour and baking powder and keep aside.
Beat butter and sugar for few minutes.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat again.
Add 1 cup flour and mix well. If there is any liquid left in the dates bowl, add and mix.
Fold in dates and walnuts with a spatula or wooden spoon.
Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle few walnut pieces on top.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degree Celsius for 35-40 mins.
Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert into a plate and let cool completely.
Slice and serve.

Notes:
Can use white sugar instead of brown sugar, but the cake will be too sweet.
Extremely soft cake…slice with a sharp knife.

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