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The wait is finally over. February is in full swing, which sees the launch of Beauty Expert’s much anticipated campaign: The Experts. Throughout the month we’ll be bringing you exclusive video content from four inspirational women who are each ‘experts’ in their field. From food to skincare and fitness, we’ll be unveiling exclusive video content from each our experts every Monday until the end of the month. Meaning you’ll be fully equipped with all the expert advice you need to help you tackle whatever the week has in store.
Looking after your diet is just as important as your beauty routine when it comes to having good skin. That’s why for our first instalment of The Experts, we’ve teamed up with international chef and cookbook author, Nina Parker, to bring you a quick, easy superfood salad that can be made from entirely natural ingredients – no bottled dressing required!
As the dark nights slowly begin to shed away, many of us are also looking to shed the weight gain of the winter. Packed with antioxidant rich superfoods such as avocado, kale and blood orange, this expertly curated salad is not only nourishing for your body but also for your skin too.
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Nina, who can often be found travelling the world in search of the most delicious cuisine, is an expert in all things food. A culinary writer, Nina draws much of her inspiration from the Mediterranean, having spent a large part of the childhood growing up in the South of France.
A fan of unfussy, rustic, delicious yet modern food, Nina’s passion for the edible side of life took off when she left university and began working at L’anima, a contemporary Italian restaurant in Liverpool Street, London.
Nina says: “The minute I walked into the kitchen I fell in love with their food where everything was fresh, good quality and prepared simply with a rustic touch. I became obsessed with learning about food after those first few months.”
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Now a Director of her own food company, suitably titled Nina, the twenty-something has served up a delight at some of London’s most prestigious eateries. Her restaurant accolades include the likes of as L’anima in Liverpool Street, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and Bocca Di Lupo’s Gelupo, where she won the Time Out award for best Gelateria.
But when it comes to cooking for herself she’s quite simplistic.
“I love a quick tomato pasta or if I am very lazy then I will go super simple and eat broccoli, avocado, rocket and a poached egg. I am sometimes extremely lazy cooking for myself so go quite boring.”
Mix together a variety of salad leaves in a bowl. Finley chop the kale and chicory and add in. Nina says: “Rub the Kale together in your hands to make it a lot softer to eat and adds flavour.
Thinly slice the raw fennel with a knife to make it super thin and add it in to the bowl.
Cut the avocado in half, removing the stone and carefully scooping out the flesh. Nina says: “This is one of my favourite things top put in salads. It just adds a nice creamy texture.”
Add chunks of dill and chopped chives to add flavour.
Boil a pan of water over a hob until simmering. Then put in the green beans and ‘blanche’ them for 3 to 4 minutes. *To ‘blanche’ means to scold in boiling water for a short time before running under cold water* Once cooled, place in to the salad.
Toast walnuts in the oven for around 5 – 10 minutes at 175C. Once cooled, crumble them over the top of the salad.
To make the dressing begin by zesting the blood orange. Then squeeze out the juice of the orange in to a small bowl. Nina says: “Blood oranges are in season at the moment and are filled with Vitamin C so they’re very good for this time of year.”
Then add 3 tbslp of extra virgin olive oil, 3 tbsp of white wine vinegar and 1 tsp maple syrup along with a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper. “The maple syrup works really well, adding a little sweetness and balancing all of the flavours.”
Finally, drizzle the dressing all over the finished salad with a large tbslp.
To discover more about Nina and her recipes, visit her website www.ninafood.com or Instagram page @antoninaparker
If you enjoyed this video, don’t forget to come back next week when our next expert, Celebrity Facialist, Su-Man Hsu will be unveiling her night time skincare routine. A routine that has been dubbed ‘the natural alternative to botox’ by beauty moguls everywhere, it’s a must-see for those wanting to learn how to be their own skincare expert.
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