Delicious Butternut Squash and Feta Salad, (and a Family Walk Gone Wrong)

I was amazed at how this salad turned out even better than I thought it would- unlike our walk the other day. ‘Let’s go for a family walk to the lakes’, he says. Sounds beautiful, idyllic, romantic even. As always, reality bit. Being the hottest day of the year, we had to go prepared. By the time I’d prepared a whole crate of water bottles and we’d suncreamed an army of squirming, protesting children, the sweat was pouring and tempers stretched. We got to the lakes and began the walk. Not far had we gone and I smelt the most revolting smell- the Mum’s worst nightmare, dog poo on the buggy. Normally I would look for a friendly puddle. Ha, ha we hadn’t had rain for weeks, no chance of that. So my hubby decides to take the baby out and dip the buggy IN THE LAKE. The dirty, filthy stagnant water, swarming with flies and duck poo. I watched helplessly, hoping he didn’t fall in, wondering what was the point of it all. Anyway, baby got positioned safely back in buggy and the walk resumed, tetchily. The toddler then shouts, ‘Mum, I need a wee wee’. ‘Great’, I shout urgently, ‘Come here, I’ll help you’. Turned out he didn’t need my help, he just stood still and did it in his shorts. Of course, if I were a true Supermum there would have been a perfect little bag packed with spare clothes. But I’m not, so the poor thing finished the walk with a great big wet patch and had to sit on a plastic bag in the car on the way home.

So imagine my pride when I made this delicious salad. You will need:

  • One butternut squash
  • Half a red onion
  • Clove garlic
  • Handful cherry tomatoes
  • Handful crumbled feta
  • Kalamata olives
  • Pinch chilli flakes
  • Rocket
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
    Turn your oven to about 180•C. In a bowl mix together chopped garlic, chilli flakes, tomatoes, chopped squash and the sliced onion. Lay out flat on a baking tray.
    Roast for about 30 mins or until the squash is soft.
    When the vegetables are cooked, tip into a flat serving dish. Crumble over the feta, and add the rocket leaves and olives. Give it a nice drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and that’s it! You could serve with some nice crusty ciabatta to dip in the juices. So nice.

If I can do it, so can you. And don’t forget to pack that bag of spare clothes. MC x

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