Spring Green

First of all, did everyone watch the Project Runway Season Finale last night?? Cause, I didn’t. Cause my cable company doesn’t think we deserve Bravo. Idiots.

Well, the weather has been (relatively) lovely here this past week. Besides the ridiculous downpours and storms and almost tornadoes we got on Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s been quite pleasant! But, hell, I’ll take anything above 30 degrees with bitter wind. I often say that I could never live in a place that doesn’t have 4 distinct seasons (living in Sevilla in the winter was WEIRD!! People wearing their heavy coats and scarves and basically enough clothing for a dog-sledding trip through the Northwest Territories in 50 degree weather), but every year, in the middle of January, I get so sick of winter, I consider moving to Texas. Wait, I’m not quite the “Texas-type”, maybe southern California.

Well, same thing happened this year. Around the beginning of February, I wanted to quit winter. Can you do that? It kept getting colder and colder and snowier and more painful to get out of bed. Maybe I should move the spikes from the foot of my bed. (crickets). Then, I woke up this past Monday, and my hair didn’t have icicles on it! My teeth weren’t chattering! It was warm(ish)! I didn’t have to put on tights under my cords. I didn’t have to put on my nasty nubby sweater, that probably should go in the garbage but is amazingly warm, underneath my jacket. So, in honor of spring FINALLY coming, I made a delicious dinner in honor of the end of hell, or maybe winter to you. Although with my luck, and crazy weather patterns, winter will probably be back next week.

Food porn!

Close up!

sorry it’s a little blurry.

I came up with this kinda on the spot at Whole Foods on Sunday when I found asparagus on sale. Asparagus to me epitomizes spring and we eat it pretty constantly when it is in season at my parents house. So I decided it would only really start to feel like spring if I made something yummy with this asparagus. I went back to quinoa, cause it’s kinda my go-to. Soo easy and yummy and nutritious and as a vegetarian, good for protein.

Here’s how I made this amazingly delicious concoction:
While cooking 1/3 cup of quinoa, I steamed/blanched some asparagus that I cut into 1 inch pieces, frozen peas and frozen edamame. When the quinoa and the veggies were done, I mixed them together along with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of 1/2 a lemon (I bet a bit of lemon zest would be amazing too), salt, pepper, and a huge handful of chopped mint. That was the key. Wow-the mint was amazing and made it taste so springy. I probably used about a 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves that I chopped pretty finely, and went back and added more cause it was soooo good. And I have lots of leftovers, which I might eat tonight and maybe spring will stay.

Ooooo…the weather forecast is on…30 degrees on Sunday. Shit. It never ends.


10 Responses to “Spring Green”

  1. 1 arimcg March 6, 2008 at 10:54 am

    What cable company do you have??? Not Time Warner?

    No Bravo? No Top Chef? I certainly hope you get the Food Network.

  2. 2 VeggieGirl March 6, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Yes I did!! My whole family loves Project Runway – shall I tell you who won?? It was quite exciting (and predictable, haha).

    Ahh, believe me, if we COULD quit winter, I would have when the snow first started to fall! :0)

    Wow, you came up with that dish on the spot?? It looks AMAZING!!!

  3. 3 chandra March 6, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    “Food porn!” LOL – I love it.

  4. 4 Lisa from CA March 7, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Did this link happen to inspire you for this dish? : http://wednesdaychef.typepad.com/the_wednesday_chef/2008/02/nigel-slaters-p.html

    I never thought peas and mint, but after seeing your blog and the one above, I just might have to try. I’m not even a huge peas fan, but one can change.

  5. 5 Lisa from CA March 7, 2008 at 11:37 am

    P.S. I’m the maschoistic type, and yearn for real winter. I laugh when people get bundled up here in Southern California, especially when they don’t live in the desert part of the area (which does get pretty cold).

  6. 6 lindzakins921 March 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Betsy ~ wow that looks really good! And I got a great laugh out of your comment “food porn” HAHA!!! I have been dying to try Quinoa, so I think I might have to duplicate this dish ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 7 Meredith March 7, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Looks yummy and green – much like the pea and asparagus rice I made earlier this week. I’m starting to spread your website around my office by the way.

  8. 8 Betsy March 8, 2008 at 11:38 am

    yeah-we have time warner and have called and complained about 100 times, but for some reason they won’t give us Bravo. It’s really annoying.

    Thankfully, I’ve been able to get my Project Runway fix at the gym, but only sometimes, and I haven’t seen the finale yet, but I know who won. I’m quite pleased with the outcome!!
    On the spot…yup!!

    hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ooo-I’ve never seen that recipe, but it looks delish!
    Mint and peas is a pretty classic flavor combo-very easterish. It’s a classic cause it tastes amazing!

    you MUST try quinoa. I love it, and it is so cheap and easy to cook. 1 part quinoa to 2 (at a tad bit more) parts water over low heat in a pot, covered. Takes about 15 minutes. It needs to “sprout” little tails. Let me know how you like it!

    I thought you were going to comment how asparagus reminds you of Dad, cause I think he could live off of it…along with oreos. and peanuts. and peanut butter and jelly. and mount gay rum and tonic.

  9. 9 Meredith March 8, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Not PB&J PB and Mayo.

  10. 10 arimcg March 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Time Warner really sucks. Every five minutes our picture screws up and then the sound is off so you have to turn the TV off and back on so it matches up again. Quality cable.

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