Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cali Buddha Winter Dinner

Crimini mushrooms tossed in rosemary, thyme, garlic and a splash of olive oil...broil 5-7 minutes.
Broiled, herbed mushrooms have a special connection with brown rice, and you need little else for a delicious dinner.  A few shavings of Parmesan may be added, and a tiny splash of Balsamic vinigar for something extra special.
Short grain brown rice simply steamed. Bring 4 cups of cold water to a boil, add a dash of sea salt and 2 cups brown rice, return to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low simmer, cook 40 minutes, and no matter how tempted you may be, DO NOT remove the lid before 40 minutes, after 40min. remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes...and it will be perfection

Baby Bamboo...asparagus is at its best simply steamed, and this can be done in the microwave in 40 seconds, the microwave works remarkebly well for vegetables and even fish, but make sure you use absolutely no plastic, ever, in the microwave, only glass. A squeeze of meyer lemon makes it complete

Purple carrots poached in fresh ginger spiked orange juice. May be poached on the stove top or the microwave. Don't over cook, they should have a nice crunch, and yes, orange or gold carrots work equally well, as do beets. 

Angou Pear, walnut, winter lettuce such as Mizuna, dried cherry, red wine vinegar macerated red onion, and Roquefort cheese combine for a heavenly salad that loves to be with brown rice

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