Today I am sharing my super fresh, very simple, five minute coriander ( aka cilantro), corn and black bean salad for you to enjoy. It is spring here in the Southern Hemisphere and sunny days and outdoor meals are on my mind. This is the perfect salad for such an occasion.

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Big G and I we're having a conversation about corn the other day, as you do. He was unaware that a vast amount of corn was GMO which of course sorely disappointed him. There is just something about knowing that a food you eat has been altered in that way which reminds me of the feeling I would get back in the dark ages when I used to eat eggs. Somehow if I ate a "caged bird" egg I felt a little gross.

Mind you I never bought caged eggs but still, when out and about away from the safety of my kitchen, it happened. The feeling is one of knowing that what you are going to consume is anything but good for you whether GM or in the case of the egg knowing a chicken suffered to bring me a few mouthfuls of breakfast.


There seems to be so many streams of information about what is a genetically modified organism (GMO) which all seem quite confusing. I learned that in Australia cotton and canola are both fairly likely to be genetically modified. In the US sweet corn is frequently a GM food and is often added to processed foods which are then imported. In Australia corn plants may be modified with a gene from a GM plant to be insect resistant however it would appear that it is the imported, processed corn is more likely to be aGM here.

Of course this creates a quandary because:

1. corn is tasty

2. corn is a necessary ingredient in some dishes

3. when you have gluten intolerant family members corn is a welcome ingredient in cereal, bread and flour.

I was under the impression Thailand corn is not GMO. Thailand certainly seems less inclined to use genetically modified plants than many countries. Once again it depends on what you read and who you ask. I am convinced that when it comes to food tampering the information which is available is written in double speak to prevent consumers from knowing the truth.

There is some Thai corn available in cans here which I will occasionally purchase. Another indicator of what the world of food is being reduced to when I have a choice to purchase possibly GMO free Thai corn as opposed to Australian corn which grows very locally but is highly likely to be genetically modified. I have seen ads touting the virtues of buying Australian in order to keep people in jobs, which of course I understand, but then if the only Australian choice is GMO laden then is it a choice?


This is the ideal quick lunch meal as it is ready in a flash, is healthy and great to look at. It does contain corn which is a key ingredient.

This dish can be served as a salad, heated with rice and tortillas or any other way you fancy. Spice it up with hot sauce and if you are really looking for a kick add as much chili powder as you desire.

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  1. 1 can of corn kernels or 2 ears of fresh/lightly cooked corn
  2. 1 can black beans drained
  3. 2 small tomatoes finely chopped
  4. 1 medium sized red capsicum diced finely
  5. 1 cup coriander/cilantro chopped
  6. 1 avocado chopped finely
  7. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  8. 1 tsp of chili powder ( optional)
  9. 1/2 cup olive oil
  10. 1 tsp garlic salt
  11. 1 tsp of black pepper


  1. Combine the corn, beans, tomatoes, capsicum, coriander, avocado in one bowl and mix
  2. If using chili powder sprinkle over the salad and mix
  3. Combine the lemon juice and olive oil and pour it over the salad and mix gently until combined
  4. Add salt and pepper

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Posted in Food Post Date 12/30/2016