It’s my first French Fridays with Dorie and it was so fun to peruse what the other members did, and what variations they used to make it uniquely their own, depending on time frames, and what was available in pantries or markets.
A bit about French Fridays with Dorie:
~Anybody who wants to be a member can register at the website here
~We don’t publish the recipe, opting instead to cook directly from Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table
~ The community of cooking enthusiasts is a focused place to share each Friday what we’ve done
~I hope you sign up! It would be great to share these recipes together. There are over 300 to cook from. Next week is Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli!
Quinoa has been a staple in our house for quite some time, ever since a friend of mine served us a Mediterranean Grain salad with Cucumbers, Red Onion, Apple Cider Vinegar and a host of other ingredients.
This recipe is a bit different than that one, and I’m looking forward to comparing the two after this one chills for a while…a little longer than the recommended time of one hour.
I made a few variations of my own and was able to really make this a labor of love since my kids are home for Spring Break, and we are getting a much sought after break from the hustle bustle. This means I can be in the kitchen for even more hours at a time.
Variation #1: I chopped the nuts and dried fruit into bite-size pieces to mimic the small size of the Quinoa grain itself.
Variation #2: I added Lemon Zest because I just always seem to do that when I juice Lemons for a recipe, and it smells good and I could inhale it all day… and I just love Lemon. You can read about that here.
Variation #3: I plumped the fruit with water, but realize that I can use Grand Marnier for a more concentrated Citrus flavor next time (and for the adults).
Variation #5: I drizzled Olive Oil all over at the end…yum.
This dish reminded me of friendship, picnics at the park and sitting on the patio with the heat of the sun on my back. I simply can’t wait to usher in spring with this abundant meal for friends.
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