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Quinoa, herb and pomegranate salad and the digital age

This was originally published on Junglefrog Cooking all the way back in 2011 but since I will be gone for a bit I figured this would be perfect to keep you entertained while I’m away
Quinoa and pomegranate salad |

I sit behind the computer and every once in a while (like every two seconds) I glance to my left where my trusted Iphone is hooked to the Mac… I’m installing the new software update version 5.0 on my Iphone 4 (no no not the Iphone 4s!) and it is taking a loooong time. Ok, I do have to admit that Itunes mentioned that it can take up to an hour or even more to do this update, but I’m used to updates being quick and taking a couple of minutes. However, whenever there is a new phone release there is also always a major software update for the existing phones… I do consider myself to be fairly technical but when it comes to changing my phone or computer I do get VERY nervous… Imagine that everything stops working?? :O(

If you were born in the sixties as I am, you can still remember the times before digital, before the mobile phone, before computers, before, well even before color tv or video! Sometimes when I think about it, it dawns on me how many technological changes there have been since I was born. It’s mindblowing really when you think about it. I can’t imagine my life without mobile phones, computers and facebook to keep everyone up to date on what’s going on in my life/work. Can you remember how things worked before computers/email/twitter/facebook? Or are you too young? ๐Ÿ™‚ Imagine having your car break down in the middle of the night and you don’t have your phone with you? How terrible would that be…?

Quinoa and pomegranate salad |

We’ve become so used to the digital age that it’s impossible to picture our lifes the way it used to be. Writing long letters on a piece of paper, going to the post office to get a stamp and then sending it of to your pen pal, friend or whoever else you wrote letters to in that time and age. My aunt lives in the US and that was the other end of the world to me. Impossible to have a connection to. These days I have friends all over the world, that I keep in contact with on a daily basis either through email, chat, facebook, google hangout and yes, we even meet in real life once in a while. I would not have known all those people if we didn’t all have digital tools to keep us connected. I do think there is a fine line between over using your digital resources, you have to be able to go without all that for a couple of days (try it; it’s liberating!!) and I hate it when I’m having dinner in a restaurant and the only thing you see around you is people bend over their mobile devices. (and tweeting to eachother!! Crazy!) Now that – to me – is taking it a bit too far.

In the meantime, while I was ranting about digital stuff, my phone has finished it’s update and seems to be working fine again… Pheww… I can relax now and go back to what you came to see here. That delicious quinoa recipe that I found on the internet using my I then send it over to my computer to print. (Yes, I still like to read my recipes on paper so I don’t have to worry about getting grease stains on my Iphone!)

Quinoa, herb and pomegranate salad
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Servings: 2
  • 150 g quinoa
  • 1/2 vegetable stock cube
  • 75 g pine nuts
  • 1 g pomegranate seeds removed
  • 1 small handful mint chopped
  • 1 small handful coriander chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • extra virgin olive oil
  1. Cook the quinoa according to pack instructions adding the vegetable stock cube to the cooking water. Leave to cool, then break up with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan until lightly golden. Mix the pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, herbs, lime juice and 4 tbsp oil through the quinoa.

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  1. I always get nervous updating electronic stuff, too. Anyway, this is a great recipe to keep us happy while you’re gone! Have a good trip.

  2. I love this salad and I hate updating anything. I’ve been told I’m not to be trusted with technology. I’m way older than you so I know what it’s like to be out at night with no way to contact anyone. Back then we didn’t know there was an option so we knew no fear.

    Hope you’re enjoying yourselves.

  3. Your post cracks me, and thank goodness your phone is all updated! ๐Ÿ™‚

    This salad looks so healthy and delicious. I was looking at all the couscous we have, maybe I need to make healthy salads with it! I definitely don’t enjoy pomegranate enough, love them! Yum, Hugs, Terra

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