So what was I thinking when I came up with this meal?????
The Gourmet Cookbookfor wheat berries and toasted pecans that sounded like a good side dish and a recipe I found on the cooking adventures of chef paz blog for cauliflower & chickpeas(the only one I liked) so thanks Paz.
I had made a delicious wheat berries salad before, so I was excited to try to make it some other ways as well. Wheat berries are similar to buckwheat, think bulgur wheat but bigger (The Cook’s Thesaurus says they take hours to cook – I probably should have read that first). Now the last time I made them for the salad, the weather was cool and I enjoyed hovering over the pot, which was simmering for over an hour until the wheat berries were soft. But it’s hot, I have little patience and zero joy for it – even with the air conditioner blasting away. So I drained them before their time (they were chewy)….strike one for this dish. I followed the recipe (no broth, just water) and even added some dried cranberries along with the toasted pecans and sautéed onions…still boring. At least it qualifies for Weekend Herb Blogging over at Kalyn's Kitchen. Pssst, don't worry, I zazzed it up a bit for the post.
So on to the chicken dish. I made the sauce (which will be delicious in the Fall when I have patience to simmer and stir and add and taste and add some more) too hastily to get away from the stove, so once again, I didn’t take the care I would normally. I’ve added the recipe here anyway because the base is good, it just needs a little more loving than I was willing to give it. And of course (because I’m a glutton for punishment – or brain dead from the heat, I’m not sure which) I decided that I had to bake the chicken in a 350°F/180°C oven for 40 minutes - which will work wonderfully in the Fall, making the house smell delicious. Now it just added to the heat.
Last, but definitely not least (and the only dish perfect for the weather) was the cauliflower & chickpeas with mustard seeds. In fact, it made a fabulous salad yesterday with some lemon juice, lots of fresh cilantro chopped and crumbled feta cheese. We had some grilled chicken breasts with a boring bbq sauce but the cauliflower was the real star of the meal.
So without further ado, here’s the menu. It is all South Beach Diet friendly, so with some TLC (tender loving care) and some cooler weather, it should be delicious. I promise tomorrow's meal will be more summery.
Related links: Food and Drink recipes Weekend Herb Blogging South Beach Diet