Bowls of virtue

I  have just spent a whirlwind 24 hours on the south coast.

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We are currently enjoying another little spell of good weather. The sun comes out and everybody is out and in a good mood. Today was no exception. I spent the afternoon in the warm and very pebbly beach in Lancing. I have been craving the sun and warmth for some time now and this was just what I needed. We were fortunate enough to be close  to the Perch, a bar/restaurant that is right on the beach and therefore the perfect place for lunch. I have walked past the place multiple times, I have had a hot chocolate drink once about two years ago but I have never been inside to eat. Seems I have been missing out all this time!

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Getting a table for four adults and one child, was relatively easy and so made for a fairly relaxed meal. I did not feel like eating anything too heavy and of late when eating out I have been opting for fish options. Today was no exception. I was drawn to the salad bowl menu – offering glazed salmon fillet with a range of vegetables (kale, spinach, edame beans, snap sugar peas, spiralised carrots, avocado) and toasted sesame seeds. I thought the serving was quite generous in portion and it was filling without sitting heavy in the stomach. The salmon was just right, tasty and not dry. Kale is…kale but I felt good that I was eating something with such a virtuous reputation. I also inadvertently discovered the concept of Buddha bowls. These are  meals in bowls  made up of  grains (e.g. quinoa or brown rice), raw or cooked veggies , a healthy fat (avocado, ), a protein (eggs or chickpeas) and a whole bunch of greens. They are meant to be very healthy and I am not sure why I have never heard of them before. Anyhow, I will be adding it to the list of new ideas to experiment with in the kitchen.

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Oh, and they are called Buddha bowls because the over stuffed bowl is said to resemble the belly of the Buddha.

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