Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Salad and things

Look at this gorgeous composed salad that the kids in Real World made yesterday

The best thing?   They ate it!

So, they met my challenge and shined,
I have one for you -

go out and gather some young dandelion greens and go crazy!
Your body, mind and spirit will love you.

I have recently perfected cooking chick peas
(because the ones in the can don't have any taste)
and want to share my recipe

Plus, yesterday, trying to make myself feel better 
after discovering that voles ate all my pea seeds
I picked some dandelion greens and tossed them into my chick peas

Added some sun-dried tomatoes, let it sit for 30 minutes to cook the greens

and feasted.

So good, not a bit bitter and so, so good for every part of you.

 This recipe is multi useful ~
The chick peas cooked and drained just as they are
are a wonderful base for your favorite hummus recipe

Or continue and add the ingredients for the salad
This is delicious on its own, but can be
the base for many delicious combinations

I kept the original salad in the fridge for a week
and kept adding things to a bowl of it each day 



do this part a day ahead:
Soak 2 cups dried chick peas overnight in cold water to cover
with a teaspoon of baking soda


 Rinse and place in a saucepan with
another teaspoon of baking soda
1 bay leaf
1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
Cover with cold water, bring to a boil and
simmer until tender, mine only took about 30 minutes

Drain and let cool.
You can remove the skins from the beans if you so desire.
I found that floating them in water let me scoop most of them off

Place cooled chick peas in a bowl with
1/2 tsp dried orange peel (or 1 1/2 tsp freshly grated)
1 small onion, diced
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 T fresh
Aleppo pepper and Sea salt to taste
1 T red wine vinegar and 1 T champagne vinegar
(this is an estimate, adjust to your taste)
Olive oil to taste

Let it sit for a bit and dig in. 

Reading back over this I realized that we may be the only
place left with March like weather so young dandelion greens
might not be a reality where you are.  In that case, you can
gather the beautiful yellow flowers and make

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