Now, I'm not saying that I'm loving this freezing weather. I'm not fond of the season-long chilblains I'm having to put up with. Not to mention walking the dogs in the rain in the bitter morning air. But, for sanity's sake, let's just all stop complaining about it. What we should do instead is daydream. Daydreaming is much more productive than complaining. Let's go over some of the Pros and Cons:
normally requires a companion of sorts
significant waste of saliva
unnecessary use of vocal chords
annoys the s*** out of your workmate
can fly solo
good use of brain cells
much needed resting time for vocal chords
workmate doesn't even know you're there
It just so happened that a couple of days ago we were blessed with warm, delicate rays from our lovely sun, which lasted more than the time it takes for you to say, "Oh thank God, I thought the gloom would last forever."
So, while my fingers got the thawing they most definitely deserved, I thought about what to make for lunch, and it occurred to me that I might actually pull off a cold meal that day, since the sun was nice enough to promise to stay in place.
So I made a salad. I know, wuptidoo, how boring. But, actually, far from it. I never knew how much I had missed a fresh, cold, crunchy salad, until I had the chance to taste it again after a couple of Alaskan months.
I loved the result. I started off knowing I wanted to use some tri-colour quinoa that I had in my cupboard, and ended up with a trippy array of colours. It's obviously incredibly simple to make. In fact this isn't really a recipe really and truly - it's more of an excuse to write and to show you what the sun made me do. If Her Highness were to be kind enough to make a reappearance, and you choose to make this salad, you can serve it with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or apple cider vinegar. I went for some cold mayo this time, and it was perfect. I found a REALLY good rice-based mayo that goes with EVERYthing. It might have changed my life forever. And this is not the sun talking.
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SUMMER NOSTALGIA QUINOA SALAD
preparation time: 10-15 minutes
cooking time: 15-20 minutes
EQUIPMENT & INGREDIENTS
small saucepan for cooking quinoa