It's starting to look like summer on the farmer's tables. We're starting to get some vegetables more and more each weekend at the market. I got some great beets this weekend, which I roasted and tossed with some honey, fresh orange juice, and a bit of ginger. I tossed in some pine nuts I had soaked and dehydrated last week. I don't think we got a picture of that yet. We'll probably get one when one of us has lunch this week.
I also picked up a couple more Marigolds, and Celosia flowers for the garden.
|Spelt Berries, Black Rice, and Fresh Vegetable Risotto|
The carrots were a wonderful addition to this original concoction. I'm still not sure whether it's stew or risotto. But, it's more like a risotto, so I'm, sticking with that for now. I didn't know what I was going to make, I just wanted some wheat berries. I have some sprouted already, but I wanted some cooked berries this week too. I set two cups of spelt berries to soak early Saturday morning, they were ready to cook by the time I got home from the farmer's market.
I cut up a couple fresh Walla Walla onions, some fresh garlic tops, a shallot, a red bell pepper, and the fresh carrots I just picked up. Sautéed all of them together in some avocado oil, until the onions were just tender I got the cold pressed avocado oil on a trip through the liquidation store on Friday. I have found an occasional trip through one of those local stores, saves some money on the cooking supplies. I have to go when I have some time to walk slowly through the isles. Nothing is ever the same or in the same place. It's like a treasure hunt.
While the vegetables were sautéeing, I added a dash of sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, a couple sprigs of thyme and some fresh rosemary. Then added the soaked and drained spelt berries. I let them brown just a couple minutes before adding four cups of low sodium organic vegetable broth. I added about a cup of Forbidden black rice and two yellow zucchini squash, peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks. I brough this all to a gentle boil and then simmered for about 45 minutes.