Today I had an epic FAIL in preparing dinner. My plan had been to make a mushroom barley risotto from the AHA cookbook. I planned to use broccoli instead of asparagus because that's what I had on hand. I've made the recipe before, with success. Today that barley was just NOT absorbing the stock. That's when I discovered I had used wheatberries instead of barley *ooops* So I turned the whole thing into a wheatberry/mushroom/broccoli soup. Please tell me this is how the great chefs come up with their recipes.
Also on hand I had some grapefruit gifted from a friend's tree. Enter the Eat Clean Cookbook and a citrus salad recipe.
It will be a bright note against the wintry soup, but I think it would make a great addition to any breakfast table, too. Why do I get in my head that 'salad' can only be a lunch or dinner dish?
Okay, enough of food . . . I do still sew. I have started working on Bittersweet Briar, an applique pattern by Kim Diehl. I have not done any applique for a very long time. I'm finding it fun and satisfying. Hopefully there will be enough progress soon to share a photo. Stay tuned, I just couldn't bear to ignore my blog until then.