Happy Halloween! After spending 2 hours today and 2 hours yesterday making dumplings, I ran out of Halloween-inspired photo capability. So, heres my love. Why am I a dumpling overachiever? Because Im Martha freaking Stewart, thats why. They were awesome, though. Golden split pea, green pea, pork chive, and beef bourginon with mashed potatoes. Yum.
My little bites.
This evening we saw The Addams Family at the Adrienne Arscht Center. It was a wonderful performance, and the actress that played Wednesday has a great set of pipes.
The ‘I Need Healthy In My Life’ Grain Salad
This is a great good-for-what-ails-you one bowl dinner, perfect to get yourself back on track after a weekend of decadence.
Adapted from Radish and Pecan Grain Salad from Food 52
2c. mixed cooked farro, pearl barley and brown rice
1/2 c. fresh tarragon
1/2 lb. pecans, toasted and chopped
1/4 c. walnut oil
1/4 c. tarragon vinegar
1 c. radishes, sliced wafer thin
1/4 c. shallot, minced
1/4 c. olive oil
Set a large pot of salted water on to boil while you prepare the salad.
While the water is coming up to a boil or while the grains are cooking, mince the parsley, tarragon and shallot. Slice your radishes wafer thin.
When the water has come up to a boil, add the farro, pearl barley and brown rice. Cook until tender, 30 – 45 mins. If you’re worried about everything not cooking at the same time, cook big batches of each separately and freeze the leftovers in zipper bags for a quick weeknight meal base.
When the grains are done to your liking, drain into a colander and set aside to cool.
While the grains are cooling a bit, place your pecans into a dry pan over medium-high heat. Toast until fragrant and beginning to color. Remove from the heat and chop.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl of grains, toss, season to taste with salt & pepper and serve.
Serves 2 for dinner with enough leftover for lunch.
This is the last sneak peek, promise
Yet another sneak peek of the behind-the sofa area for my DH. Is that another skull I see?
Sneak peek #3 of the newly (almost) finished behind-the-sofa area for my out of town DH.
You know Im totally not posting any useful pictures of it, right?
Sneak peek of the new behind the sofa area