Sunday, June 17, 2007

Going With The Grain - Too Lazy Wheat Berry Salad

I have been trying to get into cooking with different types of grains. So, when I was hungry yesterday, and feeling too lazy to go to the store, I forage through my pantry for something yummy to cook and what do you think I found, Wheat Berries.

I have eaten them a few times at the Gringe Hall (sigh) and really enjoyed them, but since the restaurant closed I have not given the grain another thought. I decided to make Heidi Swanson's recipe for Wheat Berry Salad that I had been wanting to make for a while now. I flung open Her cookbook, Super Natural Cooking and checked out the ingredients.

2 cups of Wheat Berries
2 teaspoons of Sea Salt
Grated Zest of 1 orange
I opened the fridge, gave it the once over, and found no orange colored citrus inside.
I'll just use a lemon,
1 table spoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 table spoon of minced shallots
will a Vedalia Onion do?
1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive oil
3 hanfulls of spinach
I checked the fridge once more and sure enough, no spinach. How about broccoli?
1 cup of toasted pine nuts
I'm sure slived almonds will do,
1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese
One more time, the fridge door swung open...
I couldn't believe it, I had no cheese in the house!

As it turns out I was unable to make Heidi's Wheat Berry Salad due to the fact that I only had two of the nine ingredients needed. Instead I made my own Wheat Berry Salad, inspired by Heidi's. I guess the moral of the story here is, always be ready to improvise with a recipe when you are feeling like too much of a slug to go to the grocery store. You know, laziness is the mother of invention...

Too Lazy to Leave The House Wheat Berry Salad

1 cup of Wheat Berries
3 cups of water
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 stalk of broccoli, lightly steamed and chopped
1/2 vedalia onion diced
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
1/4 cup of sesame oil
1/4 cup of slivered almonds
1 teaspoon of sea salt
splash of balsamic

Combine Wheat Berries, water and salt in a large sauce pan and heat over a med-high flame.
Bring to a boil the reduce flame and simmer, covered, until berries become plump - about 45 min.
Drain the wheat berries and toss withe the rest of the ingredients.

(If I wasn't so lazy I would have also added roasted grape tomatoes and feta cheese. YUM.)


Vivian said...

Wow that looks so deliciouses I love wheat berries as well, I am going to make that tomorrow.

Marce said...

That sounds very good. And to me that isn´t necessarily lazy, just being creative ;) It might sound euphemistic, but no point in talking you down when you can feed your ego instead lol

Marce said...

oh and read your interview answers, it was definitely interesting to learn more about you, so thanks for playing along!

Sarah said...

I love your adaptation of this recipe, and I love how much your using that cookbook. Isn't it gorgeous and so creative?