Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Kidney, the White, and the Edamame, A New Three Bean Salad


So I needed to take something to a potluck, and three eban salad is both easy to put together, and travels pretty well. Although I did break out my chilled travel bowl so it would make it there, and not need the fridge. It's pretty cool., literally, Take a look.
This altered recipe all started because I don't like green beans, not really, but I still wanted something green, and it should be a bean, edamame just seemed like a good choice.
Now, since we're talking about beans, there's also the not so pleasant subtopic of the gas it creates. There are two basic schools of thought on how to deal with, the sugar route and the cumin route. Pretty much every 3 bean salad recipe goes for sugar, except this one. Cumin, to make up for the lack of sweetness, I threw in a little corn.

To make the salad, combine.

1 1/2 cups edamame, shelled
1 can white beans
1 can kidney beans
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup corn kernals
1 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 red onion chopped

Dressing
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper

You can dress this salad early, the celery will stand up well enough to last a couple of days.
Serving tip: I usually place the dressing at the bottom of the bowl and miz when ready to serce.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter Zombie Bunnies


Happy Easter everyone. I thought I would share a few photos from around the house, since it was all festive for the occasion. These are the chocolate eggs, chocolate rabbit, and oh so cute chocolate carrots I "found" on Amazon.

These are the real eggs. The lighter colored ones are "marbled eggs" what we do is color the eggs a base color, and then a little oil to all the colors and redye. The oil sticks to part of the shell and gives this multi-colored look. It's something my mom read in Martha Stewart Living years and years ago. Here's a link to last year's blog entry.
The really really dark egg, which I have been trying to get to happen forever, is actually a brown egg in old regular food coloring dye. That's it, the great secret, brown eggs can be colored deep dark beautiful colors. So now you know as well.

I also sprouted some lentils, I started late, I was out of the green lentils, so they didn't quite make it in time. I'm planning on planting some, seeing what happens. All you have to do to get these to sprout, is wet a paper towel, place in a bowl top with some lentils and wet a little every day. It takes around a week and a half for a  decent, edible growth. Then you can place them in sandwiches or just plant them in the garden, 4 inches apart. Probably shouldn't plant quite this many.

We spend all this time every xmas setting up a tree, and then for easter we hang things on the ficus. So much simpler...

Armenian Easter Bread Choreg

And here it is, the picture of the bread, choreg, I did in fact make them, they are basically finished we have one left, it was a pretty good year, if I do say so myself. You can check out the recipe for them here.