Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pomegranates in the garden

October 26, 2012

Just outside the house that I use as my office space here in Pantelleria, there is a beautiful pomegranate tree, and at the moment it is full of lovely fruits that need to be picked before the birds eat them all. When I’m in NY or in Stockholm I buy pomegranates for their beauty and their powerful antioxidant qualities. Here, I just reach out and pick them by hand. The feeling is simply luxurious. Here is a simple and fast recipe for a pomegranate and quinoa salad with feta cheese and nuts.


Pomegranate quinoa salad
ServesĀ  4

2 cups (4.8 dl) of quinoa
1 table spoon liquid ( or 1/2 cube) vegetable stock
7 oz ( 200 gram) feta cheese
1 cup ( 2.4 dl) of pomegranate seeds
4 oz (120 gram) of arugula
20 fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup (1.2 dl) mixed nuts
1 small red onion
salt, pepper and olive oil

Rinse and boil the quinoa according to the instruction on the package, adding a spoonful of vegetable stock.
Set aside and allow to cool, sprinkle some olive oil and stir.
Chop the red onion into small pieces and chop the nuts into larger chunks.
Mix all ingredients and serve.

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Pomegranate martini

The weekend is here, a splendid time to enjoy a cocktail.
The pomegranate martini is based on the idea and taste of a Cosmopolitan, but since I couldn’t find either Triple sec or Cointreau in all of the three stores I looked in, I simply used some simple syrup and added more fresh lemon juice. I wish you all a great weekend

Pomegranate martini
Makes two large martinis
1 cup (2.4 dl) vodka
1/2 cup (1.2 dl ) simple syrup
1 cup (2.4 dl) of fresh pomegranate juice
1/4 cup (60 cl) freshly squeezed lemon juice
Optional: 1 table spoon pomegranate seeds for decoration

Put all the ingredients in a large shaker on ice.
Shake and serve right away!