I was walking in the produce department of the grocery store and what did I find, but pomegranates! Good looking ones, too! Which, let me tell you, is a rarity in Alaska. So, I obviously snagged the best looking one and decided to make the Barley and Pomegranate Salad (pg. 238). The recipe said 2, but I only got one – they were pricey and, even though it looked good, you never know…
This recipe was very easy and required very few ingredients. The hardest one to find was the pomegranate – seize the day! But this may not be as hard to find in other places.
While the barley was cooking, I prepped the celery, garlic, and pom. That was the hardest part, too – all about that pom! I’ve never de-seeded a pomegranate. It was pretty messy (watch out! it stains!) and took about 15 minutes, but wasn’t too difficult. The recipe also said to save the leaves from the celery and add to the salad. My celery was woefully lacking in leaves…but I harvested what I could
Then just mix and eat! Whoa. Interesting flavors – bitter, blandness from the celery, sweetness from the pom and the allspice, the garlic – a very complex flavor profile. I give this 4 stars. Each bite is a little different, but the bites with the poms are the best 🙂 I heart those pomegranates!!
My picture – none in the book.