Broccoli salad with roasted pumpkin seeds |

Can I just complain for a little bit? It’s been one and a half month now since the accident and my initial hope of me being able to do stuff by now has gone out the window. Yes I do stuff but that is more by sheer will than by anything else. I am tired of sitting all day long, tired of not being able to do much, tired of having to rely on everyone else to do things for me and tired of that stupid leg that hurts most of the time. Tired of having to wait at least another 2 months before much will change and even longer before I am able to do the things I used to be able to do. If ever…

Broccoli salad with pomegranate |

I would say bah humbug if it was still christmas.. πŸ™‚ I’m just done with it. I have hardly any new recipes left to blog about and what is a foodblog without any new recipes? Doesn’t help….

I’m also tired of people asking me if I can walk already or if I am seeing any progress already. Understandable, as normally a broken leg takes roughly 6 weeks before you’re able to start walking again but in this case that is sadly no ordinary break. As Tom tends to say ‘Of course not. When you do something, you do it properly!” And people mean well and I shouldn’t be annoyed but I guess today is just one of those days.

Annoyed too because yes, I have photoshoots still but I feel utterly useless. I have to literally wait for everything to be placed in front of me and with a bit of luck I can then take a photo and without that luck I have to ask someone else to put my tripod higher or something along those lines. And when it is too high I can’t possibly see what is going on on the screen which means there is no way I can see anything of the composition etc. I might as well have someone else take the shots… Sigh…

So yes, I’m frustrated to say the least which doesn’t necessarily help at all and most days I can keep it in check but today not. Today I hate the world and Norway in particular for pulling such a trick on me…

But ok, enough with the moaning… You didn’t come here to hear me complain I’m guessing so instead I will serve you this delicious and healthy broccoli salad. I made a broccoli salad before using the completely raw broccoli but this time I quickly ran it under the boiling water of the quooker to take of the biggest crunch. And it was totally delicious. Adding the crunch of the roasted pumpkin and the sour crunch of the pomegranate seeds is just perfect.

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Broccoli salad with roasted pumpkin seeds and tired of sitting

If you'd rather leave out the sugar, you can quickly roast the pumpkinseeds in a pan with just some oliveoil and chili powder. Leave out the maple syrup and the sugar in that case
Prep Time: 15 hours 51 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 broccoli
  • 50 gr hazelnuts
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tbsp apple vinegar
  • 120 gr pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of chili powder
  • pinch of salt
  • black pepper
  • 50 gr pomegranate seeds


  • 2 tbsp mayonaise
  • 2 tbsp apple vinegar
  • pepper
  • salt


  • Place the broccoli in the kitchen processor and grind until it has the consistency of rice or coursous. Place in sieve and pour boiling water over it and leave to drain and cool.
  • Roast the hazelnuts and cut the red onion in thin rings. Place the onion in a small bowl and add the two tablespoons of apple vinegar.
  • Heat the oven to 180 ˚C and mix the pumpkinseeds with the maple syrup, brown sugar, black pepper, chili powder and salt. Mix together and spread on a baking tray and roast in the oven for around 15 minutes.
  • Make the dressing by combining the ingredients (you can use the apple vinegar you used before to soak the onions)
  • Mix the broccoli with the hazelnuts, red onion, pomegranate and finish by adding the roasted pumpkinseeds. Serve with the dressing
Course: Salad, Vegetarian
Cuisine: vegetarian
Author: Simone van den Berg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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