Friday, April 08, 2011

Wow.. thank you... and Wheat-berry Salad with Tarragon Herb Vinaigrette

Wow, I am really touched by all the kind words of encouragement and emails I received due to YESTERDAY'S POST! The love always over rules the hate, I just forgot! For some reason the last three or four weeks have been especially brutal with the hate mail..  so bizarre.

Onto food, which is why we're here!
It was very spring-like today and I've been craving salad. I'm so glad I've been able to purchase organic baby spinach for so cheap!

I made this simple wheatberry/chickpea salad, tossed with scallions, red pepper (which I did not buy, it was in my X's fridge) and raw broccoli. I dressed it with one of my favorite dressings.. a simple Tarragon-Mustard Vinaigrette. I only wish that I had fresh tarragon for the dressing because it really adds a special something.

Speaking of fresh herbs, you can buy a package of them (usually around $2.99) and hang them to dry. The taste is not as good as the fresh herb, but definitely better than any dried herb. This works with oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage.

I have been eating so much Hummus lately. I literally use an entire pound of dried chickpeas for a batch and it's gone in a week. I put it in soup, enchiladas,  make burgers with it, add it to pasta in place of cheese, use it to top salads and eat it in collard wraps. In the last 7 days, I have gone through almost two batches since I've been cooking for my kids. We just can't get enough of it! That's almost 12 cups of hummus in a week for 3 people! haha...  good thing I make my own Tahini from bulk sesame seeds! (for the record, I also use peanut butter in place of tahini for cost purposes and because I love peanut butter. Peanut butter, chipotle, garlic lime juice hummus? Oh yeah!)
Homemade Tahini.. it's yummy!

How much hummus do you eat? Do you use it in other ways than a dip/sandwich spread?

Portrait of the Day
Can you believe she is 55 years old?

My friend Rebecca is still hanging in there. She has not had her baby yet... every day he's still inside is a blessing! Her water has been broken now for 9 days I think. She has been on strict bed rest in the hospital this whole time. Today is her 40th Birthday! Happy Birthday sweet Rebecca!


  1. I can't believe I've never thought of using PB in place of tahini! Genius! I'm a hummus fanatic, but I don't use it in any particularly creative ways, just as a salad topper or cracker dip.

  2. its good that you make your own tahini, i would assume yours is healthier than the store bought kind since you leave the hulls on? or are they bought hulled? im glad that you feel better, wish there was more i could do.

  3. What a fabulous portrait!

  4. I love wheatberries and just had a delicious wheatberry salad for dinner. Even my omnivore parents loved it.

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  6. a)i'm sorry i don't post more often.
    b)you are a total badass for making your own tahini.
    c)don't rent space in your head to people for free. i'm sorry people are rude to you. i'm a fat activist and am learning to love my body at any size. please e-mail me or FB message me any time you want to talk.
    d) i adore you.
    e) you are an inspiration.
    f) the previous comment was by me--this very post, but i was logged in as my husband and didn't want to creep you out.
    xo jen

  7. I've always used peanut butter in place of tahini. I find it adds much more flavour. I can't wait to get back to Canada to buy collards for your wraps. Also, I'm on the 2nd batch of your vegan mayonnaise and my whole family loves it!

  8. I make my hummus with pb and lime too