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Ok, I know I told you that you wouldn’t get a lot of food recipes from me but every once in awhile I’ll have to sneak one in.
Here’s my new favorite fast and easy thing to make. The basic recipes is below, but to that you can add, chopped sun dried tomatoes, chopped artichoke hearts or hearts of palm, or roasted pine nuts. I actually make more dressing than the recipe calls for because I like to put a little dollop on top just before serving.
Lemon-scented Quinoa Salad Recipe
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 can garbanzo beans, or dried equivalent
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, smashed and chopped
1/4 cup tahini
Zest of one lemon (I use lime and lime juice – J)
scant 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons hot water
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Rinse the quinoa in a fine-meshed strainer. In a medium saucepan heat the quinoa and water until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed and quinoa fluffs up, about 15 minutes. Quinoa is done when you can see the curlique in each grain, and it is tender with a bit of pop to each bite. Drain any extra water and set aside.
While the quinoa is cooking make the dressing. Whisk together the garlic, tahini, lemon zest and juice, and olive oil. Add the hot water to thin a bit and then the salt. Toss the cooked quinoa, beans, cilantro, red onion, and half of the dressing. Add more dressing if you like and season with more salt to taste. Serve garnished with a bit of cilantro.
I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day.
We took the kids to Bob Hope Airport on Memorial Day. Bob Hope was a patriot and did so much for the troops in his day, it seemed to make a weird sort of sense to go pay “him” a visit.
The airport (well any airport) is an unfriendly place for people these days. No one wants to go to the airport (even a small one like Bob Hope) unless they have to. Most people think of airplanes as buses with wings.
The glamour and excitement of air travel is gone.
There was no observation deck to take the kids to, so we drove up to the top level of the parking structure instead. For little while today, we watched our two young children as they watched the planes taxi down the runway and fly far away overhead.
Sneak peek pic. More to come
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Here are a few more shots from The Rose Garden.
Frankly I sometimes find it hard to believe that place like this even exists in Los Angeles. While the area around USC has been an area to be avoided in the past, it’s now being improved, with an extension to the NHM planed for 2013 and a new train line running right in front of both The Rose Garden and the NHM. Sure to bring more tourists and more tourist dollars. It’s nice that a grand old building like this won’t be torn down like so much of Los Angeles already has.
I’ll post a few more shots of the butterflies later on but here a sneak peek.
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Well I have a few more shots I’ve uploaded from the Pavilion of Wings. I must admit that going on a warm day is definitely the way to go. The butterflies were everywhere.
They even got up close and personal.
Since I have two small children, the time that I actually get to sit down and concentrate on a book is very limited. I when I do crack one open it can’t exactly be Kafka. Nope, I’m keeping it light these days. Harry Potter or Dan Brown is about as heavy as I can get.
Some of you know that I am an follower of The Secret and Law of Attraction. Heck, I even have The Secret iPhone app.Well one of the most common tenants in both books is the idea of thinking like a weathly person is better than thinking about being dead broke.
And to think like a wealthy person you have to know what weathly people think about. Which brings me to my current light reading. The Official Filthy Rich Handbook (You might remember something similar in the 80′s called The Official Preppy Handbook.).
It’s funny, tongue-in-cheek sort of thing, filled with some very useful information if you find yourself suddenly rich. Like the fact that Cannes really is pronounced CAN and not Con.
There are chapter headings like “The Plutocrat Primer”, “Buying a Better You” and my favorite ” Float Some and Jet Some” about yacht and private jet ownership.This chapter includes my favorite quote by our current Governer, Arnold Schwarzenegger…
“You have pilots at your throat about vacation, that their wife is pregnant, why can’t they have New Year’s Eve off? It’s on and on and on.”