I know that today I should have posted a noodle or fried rice recipe because of the New Chinese Year, but I went, one more time, for a truly Italian recipe. I used the farro, which is a cereal that you can use as a replacement for rice or cous cous or any other ingredient you usually use in a salad.
I wasn’t really into it. I was used to the rice and I was convinced with sticking with it. But sometimes you have to challenge yourself and try for something new and different.
Sooner or later I will post a noodle recipe ( because I love them, really!), but for now I leave that to the Chinese, who know better than me how to make them.
1 1/2 farro perlato
1 red pepper
1 chicken breast
1 slice of feta cheese
1 teaspoon of saffron
Boil some water (3 cups should be enough). Rinse the farro and put it in the water with some salt. Cook it for around 20/30 minutes.
Cut the zucchini and the red pepper in small dices. Stir them with some oil in a pan.
Cut also the chicken breast in small dices and put them in a pan with some oil. Cook it for 10 minutes, then dilute the saffron in 1/2 cup of water and add it to the chicken. Stir for other 10 minutes.
In a large bowl mix the farro with the vegetables, the chicken and a handful of corn. Sprinkle some feta cheese on top.
This is a hot weekend for the American football fans, and those who aren’t. It’s the Super Bowl!!A really big deal for everybody.
I’m not really into football, but how can you just ignore the whole thing? And then it’s nice from time to time to be part of a new tradition. In Italy it’s all about soccer….
From what I understood, Super Bowl is also a great opportunity to get together and eat junk food….I often try to avoid it, but some times it’s hard, also because, let’s say it, junk food can be yummy….This is why I like doing dishes that seem like junk food but that are made in a lighter way.
Fishing is not for me. I love fish, but going fishing never crossed my mind. There are a lot of fisherman on the dock in the beach close to where I live. They are there all day long getting watched by some pelicans.
A friend of mine invited my son to go fishing, so I told myself why not?
Now I know why fishing is not for me: the waiting is too much. The patience….I’m telling you, I don’t have any left. Then….seeing the poor fish hooked and dying on the dock…..no thanks.
So, these are my conclusions:
1) I know for sure fishing will be not one of my hobbies;
2) I will keep eating fish, but only the one on the fish counter (animalists please forgive me, but it’s part of the circle of life)
3) I’m thankful for all the the fisherman out there
4) tonight I’ll cook some chicken…just to be on the safe side
……enjoy the view.
(for about 4 serving)
2 chicken breasts
1 oz of frozen spinach
2 tablespoons of shredded almonds
2 tablespoons of Greek natural yogurt
Make some slices from the chicken breast. Boil the spinach and drained them very well. In a large bowl mix the spinach, salt, the almonds and the yogurt. Add some lemon zest and mix everything together. Place a tablespoon of the mixture in the chicken slice and close it with some kitchen string.
Put some oil in a large pan and brown some garlic. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, salt it and sear it. Pour some wine and let it cook for about 20 minutes.
Happy Monday! I know Monday always feels tough and to think about what to make for dinner doesn’t make it better. Cooking can be a lot of work, but there are also some ways to make a nice meal without a lot of ingredients and without spending to much time on it.
So this could be the right recipe for you. It’s easy to cook and it tastes yummy.
Cut the chicken breast in cubes. Cover them in flour. In a large pan brown some garlic with oil. Add the tomatoes diced and cook for 10 minutes. Add the chicken, olives and capers and cook it for other fifteen minutes. Salt and sprinkle with some oregano.
Serve it with a salad and a slice of toasted bread.