A quintessential summer afternoon here as I write, a sky so hazy that it is almost white. We had a pleasant weekend here, uneventful, except for the new kitchen electric outlet that Wally put lower on the wall so that our cords weren't showing mid-wall.
I almost caught the cats sleeping, but they woke as I composed my shot.
Muji sits up with the vintage curtains as a backdrop.
I made a quinoa tabbouleh that I served with avocado, It has become a summer staple .
I don't use traditional measurements, but if you want to give it a try:
- Toast the quinoa til somewhat golden in a pan on top of the stove.
- Add leftover vegetable water slowly as it wants to boil immediately because the pan is so hot.
- Turn off the heat just before the quinoa has absorbed all the water, cover with a lid and let itself steam and naturally plump up.
- When done, remove the quinoa to a lasagna dish and allow to cool, folding over at intervals to speed the cooling up,
- Skim mint leaves off the stem but running fingers down the stem, they will make about a big handful and chop up into a large bowl.
- Cut away coarse stems and chop the tender stems and leaves of a big handful of parsley. Add to the bowl.
- Add the cooled, cooked quinoa
- Press garlic, about 3 or 4 cloves onto the quinoa.
- Dice small cucumber and a large tomato and add
- Sieve the juice of one lemon and add
- Add a whack of flax seed oil, maybe 3/4 cup
- Fold all ingredients gently until thoroughly mixed
Here's how I found Muji on Sunday morning,
I'd washed my flip-flops after working in the garden the night before and set them here to dry.
An irridescent black/blue bug- a hornet? about an inch long.
It seemed benign until I saw these mandibles magnified.
but it only rested and flew off
hoping all our cares are so light