With the heaviness of thanksgiving feast just around the “waist side”, I decided to add some yummy quinoa to the table for a small friendsgiving dinner we had last night! What’s great about this dish is you can prepare it in advance. I found the super easy recipe on Food and Wine and altered it a bit. Now, let’s head over to the kitchen, all you bacon lovers, and get to cooking:
Makes 4 servings.
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp. vegetable oil
3 thick slices of Applewood-smoked bacon (cut into 1/4-inch dice)
1 small shallot, minced
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups chicken stock
1 sage sprig
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 tbsp. minced chives
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Cranberries for a little sweetness, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the almonds in a pie plate (I just used a baking tray) and toast in the oven until golden brown (4 minutes); let cool.
- In a medium saucepan, heat the oil. Add the diced bacon and cook over moderately high heat until the fat has rendered (about 2 minutes)
- Add the shallot and cook, stirring a few times, until softened but not browned (about 1 minute).
- Add the quinoa, stock and sage and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the stock is absorbed (about 17 minutes).
- Remove the quinoa from the heat and let it stand, remain covered for 5 minutes.
- Discard the sage and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
- Stir in the chives, parsley and toasted almonds. Season the quinoa with pepper. Add some cranberries if you want this to be savory and sweet, and serve!
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Faux vs Real fur. Such a touchy subject, fur real (pun intended). Controversial without a perfect solution that wouldn’t offend either sides of this argument. One will argue even faking the idea of fur is condoning the idea of wearing an animal. I get it, I love animals and I believe that they should be treated fairly. Sadly, I will admit that I do fancy the luxuriousness of fur. I’m going to share with you some factors for consideration so you can draw your own conclusion about fur:
Faux fur – Allows similar look and feel for the fraction of the price and it’s animal friendly. This is don as the ‘greener’ option but personally, it is not considered a fully environmentally-friendly option. Faux fur is made of synthetic fibers so once it’s disposed, it will be but another non-biodegradable object in landfill. Also, many times faux fur is made of acrylic, which is carcinogenic for factory workers who work with this chemical in high heat, but we shall save that discussion for another day. Ultimately, it has been found that fake fur IS at least a few times better for the environment than buying real fur because the treatments and processes done to preserve actual fur are not necessary for fake fur.
Real fur – ‘The real deal’. I do own real fur; However, I will not buy ‘new’ fur. I refer to ‘new’ fur as fresh kill (sorry to be so graphic), available in stores. You are this animal’s first owner. That is a lot of commitment and responsibility; are you going to love that piece for the rest of your life?! View it as buying a pet, don’t stop loving it once it’s not ‘in season’ anymore. Personally, my moral way of purchasing real fur is thrifting. It’s like adopting your fur piece before it is unloved and sent to the landfill graveyard. This piece is now abandoned with a second chance to find a new owner who will care for it, the animal(s) lost it’s life, and you want real fur.
Sending you off with some food for thought and a little Miley face!
Photos by Tomas. Check out more of his work here at: LeftLane Photography