For my scientifically minded friends, here is the Canadian, Chris Hadfield, who was Commander of the International Space Station for a while, giving a demonstration of what happens when you wring out a wet cloth. Something which I had never thought about. I was also fascinated by the face cloths with which they are provided. Tickled me too, that the microphone was floating in front of his face whilst he was talking. We don’t really comprehend what happens in space even though we are told, nothing can take the place of experiencing it.
Saturday Matt cooked the Sichuan-Style Chicken with Peanuts dish that I posted last week. It was very good although we didn’t have any peanuts so we used pine nuts. I actually prefer those anyway. It could have done with a spot more heat for my taste, Sichuan food is very often mouth burning, this had a tingle but that was it. However, I can thoroughly recommend it. We have leftovers as it was for 4 people. It is certainly one we will make again.
Our Sunday lunch turned out to be very successful. The roast lamb and roast potatoes were delicious we were told. So many people in North America don’t like lamb it’s nice to find people who do. Unfortunately I shot the bolt when it came to my diet, they brought some Brie and crackers as a gift and I couldn’t resist. Oh well, tomorrow (today I guess) is another day.
Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Pine Nut-Kasha Granola and RicottaContributed by Justin Smillie
8 first-course servings
|© Christina Holmes|
- 2 1/4 cups rolled oats
- 2/3 cup kasha (roasted buckwheat groats)
- 1/2 cup flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 pound sugar snap peas
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- Maldon sea salt
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 pound fresh ricotta cheese
- Chopped mint, for garnish
- MAKE THE GRANOLA Preheat the oven to 325° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss the oats with the kasha, flaxseeds and pine nuts. Add the remaining granola ingredients and toss until thoroughly coated, then spread on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the granola in the center of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden and nearly dry. Turn off the oven and prop the door open halfway; let the granola cool in the oven, stirring occasionally.
- MAKE THE SALAD In a medium saucepan of salted boiling water, simmer the snap peas until bright green and crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Drain and cool the snap peas under running water, pat dry and halve them lengthwise. In a medium bowl, toss the snap peas with the lemon juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, then season with Maldon sea salt and pepper.
- In another medium bowl, whisk the ricotta until smooth and season with kosher salt and pepper. Spoon the ricotta onto plates and top with the snap peas. Sprinkle some of the granola on the peas and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and chopped mint. Serve right away.
Have a great day