Lots of food fun to come!
Ever had an Asian pear? I LOVE them!! Like an apple-pear cross with a hint of vanilla.
Ever had wheatberries!? An old favorite returns!
I used to make a pot of wheatberries weekly to throw into my oats every morning. Guess I got busy. They are back!
A long time ago I got tired of overnight soaking and long simmers, so now I just do an abbreviated method. It seems to work just fine!
I cover them in water like you would pasta
And then bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 26 minutes. They’re pretty darn chewy, so you could give them another +10 minutes if you want them more tender, but who wants to wait that long
Drain them 90% (because they will dry out if you don’t leave a litttle water) and chomp down.
Dinner tonight was created on the spot and was a HUGE winner!
A block of extra firm tofu, cut into very large cubes (Matt’s idea that I loved!)
Patty pans from the market
Oooo I’m gonna make you sweat
Beer, of course. He loves it.
This was a Lambic beer – which has to do with bacteria and produces a very sour taste. I didn’t think I’d like it, but it reminded me of a cross between hard cider and chardonnay, so I liked it!
He also loves to cook!
We sauteed the pattypan in the usual (garlic gold, salt, pepper) and the tofu the same way in a different batch – just let them sit until they brown!
I was in charge of the wheatberries and the dressing.
Lemon Herb Dressing
Juice of half a lemon
This much mustard
This much Garlic Gold (or EVOO)
This much dried dill (or fresh if you’re lucky!)
Sea salt + black pepper
Handful of basil
Layers of wheatberries, squash, tofu, then dressing, then a wee bit of goat cheese + parmesan and…
It’s like a thick paste made from sesame seeds and honey. It was sweet and dry – I’m not sure it would melt very well on oats, but I crumbled a few pieces onto my dinner for a little burst of flavor and enjoyed it a lot [It's also come with me to 3 different houses during my move! Don't know why it's taken me a while to try out!]
This dinner TOTALLY ROCKED!! The burst of lemony herbs with the chewy wheatberries, the soft crispy tofu, crunchy tender squash, tangy cheese, sweet Halvah…
We began our evening outside..
But we were swarmed by mosquitoes
So we moved indoors.
Wrapped up all of my online work for the day and now we’re going to watch High Fidelity, which neither of us have ever seen!
See you turkeys tomorrow!