Well, it has certainly been a long time since I’ve blogged (or cooked for that matter). I could go into how it was the holidays and I was in Thailand, etc., but I’ve also been a bit slow getting back into cooking at home.
I got very excited upon my return to Juneau when I was at the grocery store and found farro! I had been looking and looking for it at all of the stores since I moved here and had thus far been unable to find it. Unlike Chef, who “wasn’t initially sold on it,” I loved farro the first time I tried it and have been cooking with it ever since. So, after months of searching, to finally find it made my day! And, I knew IMMEDIATELY what recipe I wanted to make (as I have had my eye on it hoping for awhile): Farro and Roasted Pepper Salad (pg. 234).
The recipe is very simple and straight forward with no hard-to-find or surprising ingredients (unless you live somewhere that doesn’t have farro…). I got everything ready (dressing and veg.) while the farro was cooking and, in total, the recipe took about a half hour start-to-finish.
A few modifications: The recipe says to grill the peppers. I don’t have a grill. So, using the broiling technique I learned when I roasted an eggplant, I broiled them. Chef says that they should be grilled until they are black on the outside, much like the broiled eggplant was, and much like my peppers turned out to be, so I think this was an adequate substitution. Also, on a side note, tearing the roasted/grilled peppers by hand was actually kind of hard; they are slippery and do not tear into nice even chunks 😉
Second: I don’t like olives. In fact, I hate them. So I just didn’t bother putting them in. I know its a bit of a cheat, but its also a waste…so no olives in mine.
Then the taste test. Super yum! I’m not surprised that I love it, as I tend to love all farro salads. 5 stars. The slightly sweet dressing and the sweetness from the bell peppers balanced nicely with the roasted flavor, the saltiness from the feta, and the nuttiness of the farro. This one was very tasty, very easy, and will be great chilled tomorrow for lunch! (No picture in the book, but this is mine!).