Whew. It feels good to be back with Recipe ReDux – the only monthly recipe challenge founded by dietitians and open to anyone with a health inspired blog. I’ve been so busy launching Storehouse (Australian nutrition blog directory) that it’s taken over for a little while. But I’m back to what I love, cooking and blogging. Here’s a peak of my kitchen, chaos and all, as I’ve been getting more requests for behind the scenes pics.
This month’s theme is one dish, two ways or smart ways with leftovers to cut down on food waste. I am forever using leftover chicken casserole sauce with tiny meat-off-the-bone slivers to twist into a taco mix with a can of kidney beans, fresh coriander and grated cheese. Or tossing left over roast pumpkin, zucchini and carrots into a super salad with a can of chickpeas, washed salad leaves, ras el hanout spice and toasted flaked almonds with a lemony, Greek yoghurt dressing. And no matter what is left a little limp in the crisper I make a mean kitchen sink frittata (hot sauce cures everything). But the main thing I’m a little guilty of is cooking too big a volume of grains from rice to pasta to farro. It kinda freekehs me out how I can’t nail it. So I’ve got into a healthy habit of freezing little leftover portions. After a big batch of tabouli making for a family BBQ or my hot smoked salmon nicoise, I had leftover farro to make this stunning breakfast porridge.
Farro Porridge with Muscovado Grilled Peaches
1/2 to 1 cup leftover cooked, split or broken farro (depending in your appetite)
1 cup milk of choice (moo, almond, coconut, soy) infused with 1 split vanilla bean
The last of the Summer peaches or seasonal fruit of choice
Slice and grill peaches on a griddle pan, set aside. Gently heat milk with split vanilla bean for 10minutes to fully infuse, then add cooked farro. Stir gently and allow to cook for a further 10minutes depending on how coarse you like your porridge. Serve in a bowl with topped grilled peaches and a sprinkle of richly dark muscovado sugar, because a little sprinkle is really ok, you know.
I can’t wait to see what the other clever cooks got up to it. Do take time lovely readers to browse around the other posts below. You won’t be disappointed.