yIt was our church monthly coffee morning this morning and, as usual, I went along and met friend W there (and her dog Sophie too of course).
It was very well attended. I think the extra people was probably the result of a Memorial Service immediately afterwards. A gentleman in the village sadly took his own life a few weeks ago. He lived alone. Today the village is holding a memorial service for him and this is followed by a Bring and Share lunch in the village hall. Many people attending the coffee morning were bringing their contributions for later.
My friend brought a beetroot salad and, because I had expressed an interest in it (I am trying to build up a few recipes for salads) she brought me a sample, which we intend to have for our tea.
There is always a food stall at our coffee mornings and A always makes individual Turkey Lasagnes - they are delicious and I bought two for lunch, along with a cheese and onion quiche made by K.
I thought you might be interested in a salad recipe I make. It is adapted from an original Rosemary Shrager:
Cook 200g Quinoa in accordance with the instructions on the packet and set to one side. Pour olive oil into a pan (not too much).
Chop garlic cloves to taste, a red onion chopped small and a few slices of bacon thinly sliced (or lardons) and fry until the bacon is crispy and the onion cooked. Turn down the heat and add about a dozen ready to eat prunes which have been sliced thinly and then half a teaspoon each of cumin, coriander and mixed spice. If the mixture looks a little dry add a couple of tablespoons of water and cook until it has evaporated.
Sprinkle on lemon juice, a dozen or so cherry tomatoes quartered, a good couple of tablespoons of finely chopped parsley and salt and pepper. Add the quinoa.
Finally mix all well together with a couple of forks to separate the quinoa and then add a garnish of a few chopped tomatoes, a sprinkling of parsley and some feta crumbled over the top. Delicious. I added some toasted pine nuts I happened to have - they added the nutty taste.
This recipe is especially for Rachel - I promised to post it for her. Enjoy Rachel.