My dad used to refer to my high school and college years as my “salad days.” At the time, I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about, not realizing that the phrase came from Shakespeare’s play, Antony and Cleopatra. I thought my father was referring to my obsession with eating salad, a regular pattern that started in those years and continues to this day. So much for high school Brit Lit where I should have learned the reference to mean the inexperience and idealism that accompanies youth.
Rehearsals, recitals, plays, parties, dances = BUSY! On the one hand, the lazy days of summer loom, yet it’s a frenzied ride to get there. Farmer’s gardens are equally busy – plants are rocketing out of the earth, we are seeing the beginning of the bounty. So with all this activity it’s a miracle to get something cooked and on the table. Here are a few recipes that keep in mind the current pace of life.
EAT WELL AND BE WELL
Easy Fried Rice Print Ingredients
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ block tofu, cubed
- 1-2 cups cooked rice, white or brown
- 2 handfuls bok choy, stems and leaves sliced thinly
- ½ cup frozen corn
- ½ cup shoots - sunflower shoots, radish shoots, or mixed shoots
- 4-5 spring onions, sliced into thin rounds
- 2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 1-2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- Optional extras: ½-inch freshly grated ginger, 2-3 cloves minced garlic, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, splash of sesame oil
- Place a skillet over medium heat and add a teaspoon of oil or butter.
Rice Cooked in Black Beans Print Author: Adapted from Latin Grilling by Lourdes Castro Ingredients
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 4 strips of bacon, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (or sunflower oil)
- 1 onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1½ cups long grain white rice
- 2 cups cooked black beans with ⅓ cup of their cooking liquid(could substitute 2 15½ oz.
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