Spring Salad

We ate this salad today.
Loved it.
Will be making more of it.
Here's what's in it.

  • Rocket
  • Capsicum (red peppers)
  • Fresh corn 
  • Red Onion
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Good 4U+U Crunchy Combo (a mix of legumes like mung, peas, chic) I got them from Coles, next to the rocket. I have also used canned 4 bean mix and canned chic peas.
  • Carrot
  • Freshly steamed, green beans
  • A drained can of red salmon
  • Avocado
  • Salt & pepper
  • Salad dressing
Toss to combine & serve with Turkish bread if you like.

x Marnie

Homemade Lemonade with Ginger

 ’This post is an entry into the Nuffnang ‘Fresh Recipe’ Network Competition, thanks to BRITA. Check out betterwithbrita.com for inspiration and exclusive recipes by Gary Mehigan’.

After nearly 2 years of TLC, our 25 year old lemon tree is back in action. 
Although tiny, the lemons are just as sweet and tangy as they have always been....so it's time for homemade lemonade. 
But this time I'm adding a spicy twist. Ginger!

Our lovely old lemon tree has tried so hard to recover from the wasp damage and I feel I owe it to her to use as many lemons as possible this season. 
My 3 little pickles love the occasional sweet drink but I'd much prefer to give them something that is fresh and I'm fully aware of the ingredients...it's why we like to cook from scratch as often as possible. 
I also love the idea of using filtered water in this recipe because I feel secure in knowing that the water I'm using is also fresh and clean. It's often the one ingredient we forget about, yet water would have to be essential in just about every recipe when you think about it.

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup plus 6 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

  1. Place the white sugar and 1 cup of the filtered water in a large saucepan. 
  2. Stir on low heat until sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil, continue for 2 minutes. 
  3. Turn off heat.
  4. Add one cup of freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice and some freshly grated ginger, stir. 
  5. Put lid on saucepan and leave to rest for 20 minutes. This step makes a huge difference to the finished taste.
  6. Add 6 cups of filtered water and stir. Fill a jug with ice, throw in some bruised mint leaves, pour lemonade over ice. Enjoy.

x Marnie

Poached Eggs & Smoked Salmon on Rye

This is a quick, easy & tasty meal that is high in protein and healthy fats. You could lose the toast if you were wanting to reduce the carbs. It would be yummy served in a cup of lettuce instead.

This is the first time I have added a nutritional label to my recipes. I get my labels from Calorie Count   and it is to be used as guide only. I cannot guarantee perfect accuracy, but I have found this site useful for my own diet and calorie counting. If you know of a better site (I'm still looking) then please leave your suggestions and links in the comments please.

1 free range egg
100g smoked salmon slices
1 slice light rye bread, toasted
1 teaspoon capers, drained
green salad to serve

  • Use your favourite method to poach egg. I like to place a small amour of water into a small frying pan and add a teaspoon of white vinegar. I bring the water to the boil and then turn heat down to a simmer. I crack the egg into a cup and then gently pour into the water. Use a spoon to carefully splash hot water over the top of egg until cooked to your liking, then remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Meanwhile, lightly toast the rye bread and arrange on a plate with the slices of smoked salon on top.
  • Top with your poached egg and sprinkle with capers.
  • Season with salt and pepper to your liking. (I love Himalayan Pink Rock salt)
  • Serve with a green salad.

x Marnie

Braids for Spring Racing Carnival...a hair how to.

This fun hair style is a great idea for Spring Racing Carnival, especially if it's a windy day. Pantene were kind enough to share their step by step with me. You can see my DIY version and everything I used to create the look at the end of this post.
This look was inspired by the SS14 Moschino show, which marked the 30th Anniversary of the Fashion House and created by Sam McKnight, Global Pantene Stylist Ambassador.
Two hair looks were created for this special show – good girl vs evil girl. The ‘good girl’ hair look was inspired by innocence and youth and comprised of a braid on either side of the head that met in the middle above the nape of the neck and was twisted into a delicate bun.  This ethereal and angelic look juxtaposed the sharp side parting and slick finish of that of the ‘evil girl’.

Get the Good Hair look:

  • Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair using Pantene Ice Shine Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Apply Pantene Styling Treatment Foam Soft Curls through the hair from root to tip and brush through
  • Blow-dry with a round brush if you have curly hair and rough dry if your hair is straight
  • Apply Pantene Intensive Damage Repair Oil to the ends of the hair for a smooth and healthy finish
  • Create a centre parting all the way down the head (I did a zig zag parting) and section off into two pony tails either side of the head
  • Braid the hair at each side of the head from front to back along the sides of the head and join the braids together just above the nape of the neck
  • Tie with elastic and then fold the tail of the braid back up on itself, forming a bun
  • Tease the braids for an imperfect texture and spray with Pantene Stay Smooth Hairspray to keep everything in place

Time for a colour touch up too!

Stay tuned for some more 35+ beauty and make-up posts for Spring.

x Marnie

Disclosure: These products were provided for editorial consideration. 3pickles has no affiliation with any companies mentioned and has received no remuneration for posting this review. All opinions are those of the author.