Oh my. My summer slump kind of turned into a huge hiatus – and I can’t promise that I’ll post super regularly from now on, but I am really going to try to get something up at least 3-4 times per month.
Recently (way, way back in September), I was invited to a wonderful food bloggers, behind-the-scenes tour of Bob’s Red Mill in Milwaukie. This was great for a couple of reasons:
1. Bob’s Red Mill makes high-quality products that are so inspiring to cook and bake with, and
2. I used to work there and I can attest to what a great company it truly is.
An invitation to come tour the factory, get samples of new products, and meet with Bob was a delightful experience just like I figured that it would be. But then, I went on a huge roadtrip to North Dakota (buffalo! the HoDo!) and got very lax with my not too rigid to begin with blogging schedule.
Hopefully, I am now getting on back on track. And what’s a better way to do that than with the photos I took at BRM in September . . . → Read More: A Tour of Bob’s Red Mill, plus Freekeh with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Almonds, and Miso-Aioli
This will be a fairly short French Fridays with Dorie post. Basically, it’s Salad Niçoise. What’s not to like?
I’ve made a Salad Niçoise version before with fresh tuna, which was delicious. This version was too. We used cherry tomatoes from the garden (we still have a few), and everything else called for in the recipe. A great dinner!
Here’s a link to everyone’s posts and my (brief) photos below.
. . . → Read More: FFwD: Salad Niçoise
This year, the International Food Blogger’s Conference was held in Seattle, which is only a short $25 (or thereabouts) train ride from Portland. Also, this year Dorie Greenspan was the keynote speaker and since I’m in the French Fridays with Dorie group, this event seemed to good to pass up. Especially since I really enjoyed last year’s IFBC.
I mentioned IFBC and Dorie’s upcoming appearance there to everyone in FFwD and to my delight, a lot of us (Doristas) ended up converging on Seattle to meet up with each other, meet Dorie, eat some food, and drink some wine. It was so much fun!
In addition to all the sessions, food, and excursions, they had a Gift Suite. This is like a crazy black Friday sale where food companies give you tons of their stuff for free (and provide you with cute little canvas bags to lug it all around in). One of my favorite giveaways in the Gift Suite this year were packages of California Endive. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to fly my gifted produce back anywhere, just pack . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle + Endive and Arugula Salad with Walnuts and Grapes
This week’s French Friday’s with Dorie was a salad, which was just perfect because earlier in the week it was definitely salad weather around here. In addition, I was pretty excited for this one as I practically had everything already (always a bonus)!
I did use spelt berries instead of wheat berries, but I don’t think it made any noticeable difference in the finished dish. I halved it (since there are just two of us), skipped the tomato, and used a jazz apple instead of strictly red one.
For those that don’t have Around My French Table yet, this is basically just a tuna salad that is mixed with a Dijon vinaigrette, onion, apple, celery, chopped hard boiled eggs, avocado, red bell pepper, and cooked wheat (or spelt) berries and served over greens — in this case arugula. So delicious — crunchy, cool, and really flavorful!
Here’s a link to everyone’s posts and my photos below.
. . . → Read More: FFwD: Wheat (Spelt) Berry and Tuna Salad
Well. Like the rest of the west, we are having a bit of a heatwave here. Which isn’t that surprising I guess because it is summer, but it is still Portland, so yeah, I am honestly a bit surprised. When the weather is all hot, gross, and annoying outside, this is a great dinner option. Aside from cooking the sorghum (which you can do in the morning, when it’s still cool), the only heating involved is to quickly sear the tuna.
Sorghum (also called Milo) is a fun little ancient whole grain that, “was collected 8000 years ago in Southern Egypt, in a place called Nabta Playa. Sorghum was domesticated in Ethiopia and Sudan and from there moved throughout all of Africa, where it remains an important cereal grain.” (Whole Grains Council). It is also gluten free if that’s the sort of thing that matters to you.
Now, if you don’t have any sorghum (but you really should — it’s easily found nowadays at Whole Foods, plus New Seasons and probably even Fred Meyer in the pdx area), you could easily substitute quinoa or even brown rice for the salad. And . . . → Read More: Sorghum Sushi Salad with Seared Tuna and Avocado