It’s a big day for all of us who believe in bringing back real food and real cooking. Especially Jamie Oliver, who believes so strongly that he has used his star status and success to organize a day that is being celebrated not just in Britain but all over the world for the second year in a row.
“Jamie Oliver and the Food Revolution Day team want to change the way people eat by giving them the skills and knowledge to cook again, as well as motivating people to stand up for their right to better food. Food Revolution Day aims to educate and inspire people everywhere to cook and enjoy better food and empower them to demand better food standards and improved food education from governments, schools and food manufacturers.” foodrevolutionday.com
Visit the Food Revolution Day website
to find out whats going on today and tune in to Jamie’s Food Tube Channel
on YouTube to watch the festivities live. Cook something real, something healthy, something simply good and good for you today to celebrate.
Here’s a suggestion-
Zesty Quinoa Pilaf
- 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup water or broth (chicken or vegetable)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper
- 2 teaspoons thinly sliced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup chopped tomato
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- Place quinoa in a fine sieve and rinse under cool running water, rubbing the grains with your hand for at least 2 minutes. Drain well.
- Combine 1/2 cup water or broth and quinoa in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
- Meanwhile, heat a skillet to medium-high. Add the oil and swirl it around to coat pan. Then add the bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, salt, and pepper to pan; sauté 3-5 minutes to soften the vegetables.
- Stir the cooked vegetables into the cooked quinoa, then add the tomato, cilantro, and lime juice. Toss gently and pour into a serving bowl.
In David Lebovitz’s book, The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City, Lebovitz treats us to his gift of sarcastic wit while exploring the city’s ironic and perplexing customs. Along the way, he shares some of his favorite recipes created and enjoyed there. This month a few fellow food bloggers and I, as a part of The Kitchen Reader, read The Sweet Life in Paris so we could share our opinion of the book with our readers and each other. Here are my thoughts.
What a thrill. This Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook definitely shook things up in my kitchen. I love a recipe that makes you say “Hmm, I never would have thought of using _____ that way.”
If I had a million dollars, I would first hire a cleaning lady, then I would hire a personal chef to prepare healthy, flavorful meals for us every day. I would still cook and bake at leisure, but the rest of the time I could choose recipes with my chef that he/she could prepare, like this Curried Couscous from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.
A fried potato by any other name would still taste as good.
What do you call these fried potatoes? I always just called them homemade potato chips. I’ve recently discovered they’re also called raw fries, wing chips and sometimes even cottage fries. But I’ve now decided to call them BETTER THAN ANYTHING IN A BAG.
Say hello to my newest favorite fall/winter vegetable, the butternut squash. No offense to the sweet potato, which still carries me through the fall and winter with its sunny and warm disposition. But now I can add another just as sunny and warm vegetable to my weekly grocery list. It has all the things you could want – it’s healthy, tasty enough the kids will eat it, and easy to prepare. Trust me, I’m not a fan of high maintenance vegetables. Roasting it in the oven (my newest favorite way to cook vegetables) really takes it over the top. If you haven’t already discovered the beauty of the butternut squash, don’t put it off any longer!
Here are some great tips for preparing this jewel:
When I used to live in the “Furniture Capital of the US”, I was invited to the premiere of Martha Stewart’s furniture line at one of the showrooms there. I’m not really sure how I ended up on the guest list, and I thought it was a joke at first, but I RSVP’d for me and my guest and my mother and I dressed up and went. As we sat there with all the furniture buyers and sellers, we realized listening to Martha speak that she actually has a really good sense of humor. She is actually very funny in person, something my mom and I agreed wasn’t displayed in her television shows. Continue reading
I have often wondered what the deal is with going into a store looking for some help, only to find that all the employees of said store have gone to lunch/gone on break/mysteriously disappeared/were never there in the first place. Recently I went to a major home improvement store to buy some light fixtures. After a long dialogue with myself and my daughter about which fixtures to buy and a lot of putting things in and taking them out of my cart, I finally made a decision. Then I realized that the last one I needed was on the VERY TOP SHELF. Continue reading