I thought I’d give you the recipe for the Quinoa Salad I took to TGIF the other night. It was so good ~ my girlfriends LOVE Asian food and there’s always lots of yummy Asian appetizers so I thought I’d make a salad to go with them. ♥MUSICA♥
Have you used quinoa? (It’s pronounced keen-wa.) If not, you are in for a treat and a world of wonderful new healthy salads!
. . . and some interesting things you might like to know. First off, quinoa is not a grain, it’s a seed, and considered gluten-free (for those with celiac disease you might like to read this).
And it’s so good for you! Those little seeds (related to spinach) are an excellent source of protein, it’s a great source of fiber, and it has 700% more iron than white rice. Quinoa has an interesting texture which means it goes with almost any savory thing you serve; and there are many ways to flavor it. If you can’t find it at your market, try the health food store, or try Bob’s Red Mill.
This is the Quinoa Salad that’s on page 84 of Girlfriends Forever ~ it has roasted peanuts, ginger and lime. With the use of different herbs, the salad could be Asian style, Mexican style, you could make it with fruit and cinnamon, with shrimp or fish, or almost anything you would like.
For my recipe, you cook 2 c. of quinoa in 3 c. water for about 10 min. and pour it into a strainer. In a large bowl you mix together all the rest of the ingredients: rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, fresh ginger . . .
. . . the zest and juice of two limes (don’t worry, I’ll put the recipe at the end) and soy sauce . . .
. . . minced green onions and chopped celery . . .
A little salt and pepper
Stir it all together with sliced water chestnuts and coarsely-chopped, dry roasted peanuts . . .
. . . crunchy fresh snow peas and sweet currants . . .
. . . and voila! I put it in my candlewick bowl, because it’ll reflect light . . . and took it to Jaime’s house. We ate ourselves silly, caught up, had a group hug and promised to love each other forever; it couldn’t have been nicer.
QUINOA SALAD WITH PEANUTS, GINGER & LIME
- 2 c. quinoa, rinsed
- 4 1/2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
- zest & juice of 2 juicy limes
- 3 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
- 1/4 tsp. salt.
- 1 c. snow peas, trimmed and halved
- 3/4 c. celery, chopped
- 3/4 c. water chestnuts, halved
- 5 green onions (w/ green part too) thinly sliced
- 1/2 c. currants
- 1/3 dry-roasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- a few good grinds of black pepper to taste
- If you’d like chopped herbs ~ mint, cilantro, and basil, together or separately work great with this salad.
Rinse 2c. quinoa under running water in a fine mesh sieve. Bring 3c. water to boil in saucepan. Add quinoa, bring it back to boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook 10 min. Strain and set aside. Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix together all other ingredients. Add drained quinoa, herbs too if you like, stir well and serve. Good cold, hot, or room temp. Enjoy, you arteests!
Here’s our new thing . . . these birds just came into the studio. Are they cute or what?
They’re finely detailed metal, very thin, and all have bases you can put screws into so you can secure them to fence posts, window sills, ledges, porch rails, where ever you’d like. Kellee will be putting them up today (I think) . . .
Over the years, here and there, I’ve found a few narrow-based things for the tiny ledge over my fireplace, and I just found three more!
. . . and, in case you don’t have a ledge or a fence post, we have an ornament you can hang from your window lock, a cupboard knob, from a nail that something else is on (remove the something else, hang the bird, replace the something else, allowing the bird to hang below). Hope you like them!
And now, for Pat in particular, a promise to be kept: Lowely’s delicious recipe for
I R I S H S O D A B R E A D
Serve this crusty bread hot from the oven, smothered in butter and jam.
- 3 2/3 c. (450g) all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 2/3 c. dried cranberries (or raisins, or currants)
- 1 egg
- 1 2/3 c. (400ml) buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425º (220ºC/gas mark 7). Lightly dust a baking sheet with flour. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Mix in sugar and dried cranberries. In small bowl, beat egg with buttermilk. Make a well in the flour and pour in all but 1/4 c. (50ml) of liquid. Wash your hands and dry them. Grab the flour and liquid with outstretched fingers and keep doing that, moving your hand around the bowl in circles; add more buttermilk mixture if necessary, until it comes together. Don’t knead; the dough should be soft, but not too wet or sticky.
Turn onto floured work surface and pat the dough into a round, about 2 1/2 inches (6cm) in height, and cut a deep cross in it, from one side of the loaf to the other. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake for 10 min. at 425º, then reduce temp to 400ºF (200ºC/Gas mark 6) and bake for another 30 to 35 min, until the bread is golden, crusty, and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cool on wire rack while you get the butter! Cut thick slices with a bread knife; wrap the bread in a dishtowel and serve it in a basket. ♥
It’s not very far from bread and water to tea and toast…
Have a wonderful day Girlfriends! XOXO