Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I spotted this yummy looking recipe on Little House in the Big City. Doesn't it look delish. It's a spicy quinoa salad with ingredients that are so right now at your local farmer's market or in your garden.
It originally comes from The New York Times. Here is the recipe:
Spicy Quinoa, Cucumber and Tomato Salad
1 cup quinoa
3 cups water
Salt to taste
2 cups diced cucumber
1 small red onion, finely minced (optional)
2 cups finely diced tomatoes
1 to 2 jalapeño or serrano peppers (to taste), seeded if desired and finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus several sprigs for garnish
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 avocado, sliced, for garnish
1. Place the quinoa in a bowl, and cover with cold water. Let sit for five minutes. Drain through a strainer, and rinse until the water runs clear. Bring the 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add salt (1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon) and the quinoa. Bring back to a boil, and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and translucent; each grain should have a little thread. Drain off the water in the pan through a strainer, and return the quinoa to the pan. Cover the pan with a clean dishtowel, replace the lid and allow to sit for 10 minutes. If making for the freezer, uncover and allow to cool, then place in plastic bags. Flatten the bags and seal.
2. Meanwhile, place the finely diced cucumber in a colander, and sprinkle with salt. Toss and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Rinse the cucumber with cold water, and drain on paper towels. If using the onion, place in a bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit for five minutes, then drain, rinse with cold water and drain on paper towels.
3. Combine the tomatoes, chiles, cilantro, vinegar, lime juice and olive oil in a bowl. Add the cucumber and onion, season to taste with salt, and add the quinoa and cilantro. Toss together, and taste and adjust seasonings. Serve garnished with sliced avocado and cilantro sprigs.
Yield: Serves six.
Advance preparation: The quinoa freezes well, and the assembled salad will keep for a day in the refrigerator. The leftovers will be good for a couple of days.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
What a shot of Cyrus and Everett at Farm Camp this week...taken by our photographer friend Shiva of Blossom Hill Photography. The best is that all of the proceeds go to Blossom Hill Foundation when Shiva shoots a shoot. The foundation's main goal is to break the cycle of violence for children affected by war. Click on the links to read more. The foundation's full website will launch January 2011.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
We picked up these two very British books for children while in England. Naughty Bus is a beauty of a book. The photographs are amazing. A double decker bus comes to life and gets into some trouble. The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a classic English story with the sweetest illustrations. Both books are available at Amazon. Just click on the links.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Everett starts Ambler Farm Camp this week. He needs to be lathered up with sunscreen. I found this all natural sunscreen/bug repellent made by Badger at Whole Foods. I am happy to know it's "Highly Rated for Safety and Efficacy by The Environmental Working Group".
I'm thinking the farm may be buggy so I thought I would kill two bugs with one stone:)
Oh and it's smells really good!
You can also find it here.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
*design sponge a while back. This looks as refreshing as a Pimms...actually it's the same recipe. Just swap out the gin for Pimms. I will try this with Nigella's lemonade soon!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
We have been away in far away Great Britain for ten days. Here are some photos from one part of our journey. We went to visit our old friends the Roberts family. So much fun. We loved being in their cozy home eating yummy meals together. Look at their dog Annie....so sweet.