Category: My homemade Salad

Here you will find my own salad masterpieces, most of them inspired by the best of the best salads, selected from food blogs and websites.

Cucumber pomelo salad with tuna fish

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cucumber tuna fish salad with pomelo

Everybody has his very favorite salads. Some people like traditional salads, other prefer to experiment and create strange, but interesting stuff.

Speaking about favorite salads, here is one of my top of the top! Seriously. This is my favorite salad. The second one is the pomegranate carrot spinach salad. But this is the first one. The mix of pomelo, tuna fish, cucumber and iceberg (or green salad) has an unbelievable taste. Actually the original recipe for this salad includes also corn. What you could also add to it is black olives. Trust me, you won’t regret!

This is one of the salads that seem to be a little bit weird. If you serve it to your guests, maybe some of them will look kind of skeptical. It is just because the salad is so interesting. Nothing traditional, it goes beyond the “normal” ideas for salad. Everybody knows that cabbage goes great with carrots. Everybody knows that tomatoes go great with cucumbers. Everybody knows that green salad goes great with eggs. But who would guess that pomelo and tuna fish would be such a great couple? And it is not just them. All the ingredients of this cucumber pomelo salad with tuna fish are an important part of the recipe. And I would also highly recommend you try out the version with the corn and black olives. Everyone deserves to taste something so good!

Maybe you are asking yourself, could you replace the tuna fish with some other kind of meat: salmon, chicken? Well, you could and you will get also a nice result. Pomelo matches almost all kinds of meat (just like the orange, plum, apple). BUT the original recipe is with tuna fish, because this combination is absolutely unique and perfect.

Now take a look at the recipe of this salad. You could “play” with the ingredient’s amount. Maybe you are a big fan of pomelo? Ok, great! Then chop some more of it into the salad! Don’t be afraid it will get to “fruity”. If that is the way you like, what should you be afraid of? πŸ™‚ Or maybe you want the salad to be lighter, because you are on a diet…(oh, no, again? :)). Then just focus on the cucumber.

What I am trying to say is: make the salad the way you like it. I am giving you the basics, the idea, the inspiration. You are the one in the kitchen and the one, who is eating it at the end! I already made mine!

So, enjoy this amazing cucumber pomelo salad with tuna fish!

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Cucumber summer squash salad with cheese

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beautiful cucumber summer squash salad with white cheese

Usually when you hear the word SALAD you think of a bowl, full of chopped pieces from different vegetables, mixed into a colorful combination. That is not what you are going to see today…I chose to show you something different. You may even think this is not a salad. Because it looks like…I don’t know, it just doesn’t look like a salad. πŸ™‚ And let me tell you: I love it! The fact, that it is so easy to make and at the same time so delicious and so original and pretty, you should try it without any doubt.

The interesting thing about the look of this cucumber summer squash salad is the color. Most of the salads look really colorful, something like a rainbow, right? But this salad surprises with a very simple look, mainly in green. You could actually mistaken the cucumber with the summer squash. I think it looks really classy.

The white color of the cheese gives a super cool ascent and also some fullness to the salad, which is any way very low on calories. You maybe know, that cucumber and summer squash contain mainly water…So, I would recommend this salad, if you are trying to loose some weight or you just want to try out some fresh and light meal. It goes great with grilled bread. So good!

Don’t be afraid to improvise. Try to add some garlic. If you bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes (important, don’t peel the garlic, when you bake it!), it will become super tasty. You could also make a dressing with some lime juice. A table spoon of soy sauce would also match this salad very well. There are so many things you could do with the cucumber summer squash salad. Sparkle some sunflower seeds to make it richer or add some shredded egg, which will go perfectly with the white cheese. I could go on like this forever: giving new ideas and suggestions. Here I will show you the basic of the salad, if you want you could create a brand new, upgraded version!

Feel free to write in the comments below,Β if you have made the salad and how do you find it. What do you think will make it even more pretty and delicious? I will be glad to receive a feedback from you.:)

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Carrot pomegranate spinach salad with almonds

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spinach carrot pomegranate almond salad recipe

Salads, which combine different types of food, are amazing. Like the carrot pomegranate spinach salad that I am going to show you right now. When you mix vegetables with fruits you get a really interesting and fresh flavor. (But not always. For example never mix banana with salty spinach…Banana and salt? No, no…just no! πŸ™‚ )Citrus fruits are very suitable for vegetable salads. They go extremely well with greens. Try to make a salad with iceberg and pomelo, or green salad and orange. The taste is so fresh. You feel like you are eating a very rich meal, rich in vitamins.

So, in the spirit of veggie-fruit combinations and experiments I am giving you today my masterpiece: carrot pomegranate spinach salad with almonds!

If you are looking for a pretty salad, you just found it. Congratulations. πŸ™‚ It is so colorful. The pomegranate makes it juicy and the almonds give it some fullness, so that you don’t just satisfy the appetite of your eyes, but also of your stomach. πŸ™‚

When you have guests and you want to surprise them with an interesting and delicious salad, I would’t advise you to serve it in that particular form. What do I mean by saying “form”? Don’t serve the ingredients mixed together, because not everybody likes salads with fruits. It won’t be nice, if you leave your guests without any choice. Here is what you could do in order to make the situation flexible: Serve the mixed carrot and spinach in one plate, serve beside two small bowls: one with pomegranate seeds and one with raw almonds. Explain to your people that they could add these things to their salad, if they want. I guarantee, they will feel very happy with the freedom you give them.

Ok, let’s get now to the salad recipe. It couldn’t be more simple. Take a look at the instructions, you need 10 seconds to remember the recipe, don’t need to print it, it is just so damn easy! πŸ™‚

Feel free to write your thoughts in the comments below. Have you tried this salad? How did you find it?

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Cucumber egg salad with soy sauce

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cucumber egg salad with soy sauce recipe

Here is an idea for lunch. There is no meat included, but still it is very filling. What happens when you make a combination of egg, cucumber and soy sauce? Something really tasty. Soy sauce is suitable for this salad for two reasons:

  1. Many times cucumber is included in sushi recipes (you know: cucumber, avocado, salmon, tuna fish). Sushi and soy sauce are like brother and sister. That is why it is logical that soy sauce will match a cucumber salad perfectly.
  2. Soy sauce goes great with meat. (Any kind of meat, also fish). Right now you think of juicy chicken pieces, soaked in soy sauce, right? πŸ™‚ Eggs are an animal product and have something in common with chicken meat. That is why they taste amazingly good, covered with soy sauce.

And why is the big green salad leaf? To make the salad pop out. If you serve the salad on a white plate without the green salad leaf, it will look kind of pale and will just loose itself somewhere in all that whiteness…That is why you need a basic, something like a background. Of course, just because the green salad plays the role of decoration doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat it. πŸ™‚ Decorate the plate and eat the decoration! You can do it at home, that is your own salad, after all…

The sesame seeds are also an important part of the game. They match perfectly with the cucumber and contrast to the soy sauce. Always focus on contrast in colors, if you want your salad to not just taste great, but also to look pretty.

If you want to make this cucumber egg salad a little bit more filling and richer, then add some peas or also chickpeas. Summer squash would also fit the structure nicely.

And here is the recipe for the salad. Take a look to remember or just print it. I think it is quite easy to remember the products, isn’t it? I would be happy to read your opinion in the comments below. Thank you!

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Cucumber green salad with red onion

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cucumber green salad red onion recipe

After the easy and tasty cucumber garlic salad with dill here is another suggestion for very simple and at the same time interesting salad. You need three main ingredients for this one: cucumber, green salad leaves and some red onion. Usually we associate green salad and cucumber with that very famous spring salad: green salad, cucumber, egg and green onion. But this is not the case here.

The interesting ingredient is definitely the red onion. Most of us have never tried this at the first time weird combination. The salad is light, without any doubt. You could make it a little bit more filling by adding some grilled chicken pieces or why not some tuna fish? Egg is of course the traditional protein partner of green salad, but use meat, if you want to make it original.

Use some corn, if you want to give this salad some extra sweet flavor. (The red onion has already given some sweetness.) Or if you don’t want to focus on sweetness and want to make the salad with a balanced structure and taste, then you could chop some black olives and toss everything well.

This cucumber green salad isn’t actually suitable for main salad or main dish. It is just to light. You will leave the table hungry as hell! The salad could be a very good garnish. Put a big, juicy steak on a white plate, place a handful of this green salad, sparkle some black and red pepper and squeeze some lemon juice (or lime juice!). I guarantee, this will be the perfect meal for lunch!

Keep in mind, that you have to make the salad minutes or maximum half an hour before serving in order to serve it as fresh as possible. If you chop the green salad and leave it for more than an hour, your salad will not just loose its fresh and pretty look, but will also loose its taste. Or if you chop it earlier, just don’t touch it! πŸ™‚ I mean, don’t toss the products, don’t season the salad. Do that just before serving.

Take a look a the recipe now. You could experiment with the product’s amount. Just do it as you like it.

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Cucumber garlic salad with dill

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cucumber salad with garlic and dill

Sometimes simple things are the best. When it comes to salads, this rule could also be applied. What do I mean with that?

Let’s say it is summer. You are always on the run, go out early in the morning and come home after 21 o’clock. There are just so many things to do, right? So, you come home, you need to make a salad. What would you choose in this situation? An easy, fast, simple and fresh salad or a heavy, complicated, super unique and special salad? Of course you would just grab any veggies from the fridge, chop them, season them and enjoy them!

The cucumber garlic salad with dill, which I am presenting to you now, is suitable exactly for those occasions, when you are in a rush or you are just feeling tired, lazy, sleepy, chilling etc. πŸ™‚ For the times, when you just don’t want to cook! No boiling eggs, no cooking pasta, no grilling chicken.

That is why I like this cucumber salad. Maybe it is not something I would serve to my guests on a big, celebrating table. For that kind of occasion I would perhaps choose something more like this. But as I said, each salad matches different time, period and mood.

If you are looking for such an easy and light salad, then you got it. Fresh and tasty cucumber garlic salad with dill! So good for you. I would just have said that the special ingredient in this salad is the garlic, but then I thought dill is special as well. πŸ™‚ So I can’t decide. The combination of these three ingredients is just beautiful and healthy. But with one important note! They should be fresh and seasonal! Do this salad in the summer, when you know cucumbers really grow from the ground. I should admit, I made it in the winter, because I was missing summer salads so much, that I decided to make myself a summer salad in the winter. But seriously, I don’t recommend it. Do it once, twice, but don’t eat mainly crap, try to focus on seasonal foods.

Enough with the introduction. (That was a long one!). Take a look at the cucumber garlic salad recipe and try it, if you want to save time and energy. πŸ™‚

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Cucumber salad with bean and parsley

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cucumber bean salad with parsley recipe

Bean is a great source of protein. Some people think it is healthier than meat and if you want to get your protein, you should focus on bean, lentil, chickpeas and eggs. I don’t know about that. In my opinion everything best is somewhere in the middle. Meat could also be healthy for you, depending on what kind of meat is that and how it is cooked. If you eat once or twice a week meat, twice a week – fish and the other days other sources of protein, then I think you got the best diet. Don’t try to avoid any food in order to stay thin and healthy. It all depends on the food amount you take. For example, if you eatΒ every day bean salad, you won’t feel very well, because your body needs a variety of foods and just one type of food. So, keep it simple, keep it in the middle.

That was an introduction to the really cool salad, which I made and I want to show you. Yes, it is all about bean…and cucumbers…and my very favorite parsley! Let me tell you something: these three ingredients go so damn well together, they are just the perfect team. πŸ™‚ Fresh, but also heavy salad that you could use as lunch. And if you add some white cheese to it, you will be in heaven! (I just didn’t have any cheese by the time I made the salad. If I had, I would definitely use it!)

I know it will maybe sound strange, but I think this cucumber salad with bean would go super nice with boiled eggs. Weird combination for sure, but I just love mixing different foods, which are rich in protein. Try it out, if you are curious to see what the end result would be…

Here is the recipe for cucumber salad with bean and parsley. It couldn’t be easier than that. You could chop a tomato instead of cucumber, depending on your personal taste and depending on what you have in the fridge. πŸ™‚

Don’t forget to experiment and finally don’t forget to enjoy!

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Cucumber tomato salad: very fresh and tasty!

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cucumber tomato salad recipe

Usually, when it comes to salads, I would advise you to shop only seasonal vegetables. In winter and spring I would’t eat tomatoes and cucumbers. They are just not a “healthy food” at that time. The best cucumber tomato salad comes from you grandmother’s garden in the middle of the summer. You go, you pick up the veggies, you wash them very well, chop them and…congratulations! You have the BEST salad ever. It can’t get better that this.

But…sometimes I do make salads from vegetables outside the season. I admit it. I just feel sick of the cabbage, carrots, turnip and beet in winter and I allow myself to have a timeout with some cucumbers, for example. πŸ˜‰

The point is: if you want to enjoy a cucumber tomato salad in winter, just do it! It is not a problem, if it is in reasonable amounts.

Here I show a very simple recipe, which requires no more than 10 minutes. The ingredients are also as simple as possible: cucumber, tomato, red onion, lemon juice, salt, herbs and oil. The recipe is closed to our typical Bulgarian Shopska salad, but without the cheese.

What you could add to make this salad even prettier is parsley. Another well matching ingredient is chickpea (or why not pea, bean…) If you add some ham, you will make the salad more filling, depending on what you want – a main meal or a garnish.

Serve this cucumber tomato salad with meat or fish and you can’t make a mistake! Tomatoes, mixed with fresh cucumbers are just the perfect garnish for any kinds of meat, or also potatoes. It is a classic, evergreen combination, the best of all!

Take a look at this super easy recipe for cucumber tomato salad and feel free to write any suggestions or opinions in the comments below!

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Very cute couscous salad with orange

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couscous salad with green salad and orange

I just have to tell you – this salad was an experiment. But I am so proud of it! These 3 ingredients: couscous, orange and green salad match surprisingly well with each other. Β I had this salad for lunch and it kept me full until about 17 o’ clock. So it is filling…and healthy at the same time!

Maybe I fell in love with the salad, because I am a great fan of couscous, and secondly: great fan of fruit in salads. I definitely recommend it.

pasta salad with orange and green salad

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Macaroni and green salad with carrots

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pasta green salad with garlic and carrots

Many people think that pasta isn’t a diet thing. I am here to tell you: Yes! It could be a diet thing. Everything depends on the amount. Of course if you have a big portion of pasta with sausage for dinner, you will put on weight. But if you prepare your pasta meals with lots of vegetables, trust me – you will be a healthy, skinny and happy person. πŸ™‚

Try out this beautiful combination. You mix macaroni with green salad, garlic and carrot. That is all you need. I just had this salad and I am feeling amazing. It is filling, but in the perfect way.

macaroni salad with green salad

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Potato salad with mustard yogurt sauce

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potato salad with yogurt mustard sauce and corn

Here is a really cool salad. It is suitable for people who love strong, pungent taste. The main “hero” is definitely the mustard. It matches the potato flavor and makes the salad juicy.

In combination with the chopped carrots and corn, the mustard yogurt (and dill!) sauce is the perfect partner of this cute, boiled potato. πŸ™‚ Try it out and send me your version of the salad!

potato salad with corn and mustard yogurt sauce

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Pretty potato salad with bell pepper

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potato salad with red pepper cheese and dill

The only thing that I don’t like about potato salads is their lack of color. Most of the potato salads just look kind of pale. That is why I always try to add some fresh color in my potato salad recipes – I want the salad to shine, when I put it on the table! I want it to look fresh, colorful and of course pretty…

So today I decided to cut a bell pepper and mix it with the potatoes. The result? So much better. Actually I would advice you always to include fresh vegetables (or fruit) in the salad. It doesn’t matter if it is a potato, pasta or chicken salad. Fresh vegetables bring light and make the salad lower on calories.

potato cheese salad with bell pepper

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Potato-squash salad with carrots

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potato and squash salad with carrots

This salad is actually a combination of two. I showed you a very cool recipe for potato and squash salad. Here is the same salad, but this time mixed with lots of fresh carrots and parsley. I decided to add some more vegetables to the first version, because I wanted to make the salad a little bit bigger. πŸ™‚ I was really hungry! So, I mix the two cool things and I got an amazing, delicious, light and at the same time filling salad with potatoes, squash, carrots, olives, parsley and sill.

Take a look and experiment!

potato and squash salad with carrots

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Beautiful potato salad with garlic

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potato salad with garlic and dill

The most important ingredient of this potato salad is the garlic. That is what brings a strong flavor. The recipe, which I am going to show you now, is perfect for combining it with fish. The lemon juice, the garlic and the greens taste perfectly together. Should I say that this potato salad with garlic looks very classy and beautiful? πŸ™‚

What I did’t include is black pepper. I think it will be also suitable. You could use is to add even more flavor or just for decoration.

potato salad with garlic, dill and parsley

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Simple orange salad with banana

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It is not important to prepare a super unique and complicated salad. It is important that you do it fast and enjoy its taste. If the salad is also healthy, then you got it: time for yourself, cool taste and good energy. What else wouldΒ you need?

I know it is strange to call this a salad: it is after all just a banana and an orange…But I must say: it is a very good fruit combination and is perfect for a healthy start of the day. It boosts your energy. The banana will fill you up and the orange will quench your thirst. Go ahead and try this orange “salad” with banana! πŸ™‚

orange salad with banana

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Potato salad with egg and cheese

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potato egg salad with cheese and parsley

Are you hungry? Eat this salad! It will definitely fill you up but in the nice way. I mean, you won’t feel sleepy after that (like for example if you eat a burger). Main ingredients are potatoes, egg and cheese. The salad is very suitable for active people who do sport or just burn calories fast.

If you want to experiment a little bit, try to bake the cheese for about 10 to 15 minutes on 200 degrees. It will give an extra flavor.

potato salad with egg and cheese

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Simple pear and banana salad

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pear banana salad cinnamon honey

This salad is very suitable for breakfast. It is light but at the same time fulling…Sounds strange, right? The banana pieces and the honey will give you energy until noon and the pear and cinnamon make it more tasty and just give you a nice, fresh feeling. It is a really cute combination of flavors and the best part is: it takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

pear banana salad cinnamon

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Delicious potato salad with creme

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potato salad with creme

I simply love all types of cremes, sauces, dressings etc. Everything that gives the salad “fullness” and make it a little bit richer in calories. So I guess this potato salad with creme is the big star of today. You could use yogurt instead of creme. For me it is almost the same, the creme just contains more fat than the yogurt. That is why I choose the creme! πŸ™‚

You will be surprised how tasty creme and yogurt could be when you season them with salt and oil. Take a look at this super easy recipe for potato salad with creme and try it in your own way. My tip for you: never copy-paste a recipe! Always mix it with your cool, amazing ideas!

potato salad with creme

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Cute potato salad with carrots

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potato salad with lemon

Here is a beautiful idea for garnish. It is a very easy potato salad, decorated with grated carrot, lemon slices and olives. The black pepper is also important for this recipe because it gives the salad a special flavor that matches perfectly the taste of lemon juice. I recommend that you put the salad on a big white plate and sparkle some black pepper around it. It looks so pretty!

Now take a look at the recipe, it is really simple. If you prefer olive oil you could use it instead of sunflower oil. I personally love sunflower oil.

potato salad with lemon and carrot

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Cabbage salad with turnip

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This salad is definitely not a main meal, it is just a garnish. Very light, low on calories and perfect for the winter. It is really important to prepare your salads with seasonal vegetables in order to eat healthy. In winter the best products for a salad are cabbage, carrots, turnip and beet. So today I am going to show you a cute combination that not just looks pretty, but also taste great!

cabbage salad with carrots and turnip

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Pretty potato salad with egg

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I made this salad because I wanted to try the taste of potatoes in combination with avocado and eggs. What is very special about this salad is its look. It is simply so beautiful. A great idea if you want to surprise your guests with something interesting.

Now let’s get to the recipe. Do you need to cook? Yes. You need to boil the potatoes and the egg. Here is a little tip to save time: boil the eggs and the potatoes together! It will take half of the time to prepare this salad.

potato salad with egg and avocado

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Easy potato salad with gherkins

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Potato salads are great if you are looking for something easy and super delicious. Of course, you have to be careful with the amount, because we all know potatoes aren’t “best waist line friends”. You can combine this salad with a steak or with fish, or you can eat it just like that, instead of lunch, like I did. It will take you less than 20 minutes to cook and it will cost you no more than a burger. Should I say, that a potato salad is much healthier than a burger?

potato salad with gherkins

Before I give you the recipe I want to mention, that I did the salad with boiled potatoes but you could do it with baked. It depends on your taste preferences. Another suggestion: instead of getting big potatoes and chop them into pieces you could find those little ones which don’t need to be chopped. They look really cute and much more attractive for little kids.

Don’t forget to send me your version of this cool potato salad with gherkins. I will gladly post it on my blog!

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