Wednesday, March 30, 2011

give me grain

Wheat berries

Couscous and


*So, when I was in Dillons last week I went to the deli counter…the one with the cheese, olives, hummus and amazing salads. I sampled a “seven grain salad”….and said “oh my!” The deli man was kind enough to give me the ingredients and off I went to purchase what I needed. I found a recipe online and came up with a salad pretty close to what I had sampled.

*Trying this salad led to my adventure of week 13:  exploring mideastern cooking. Besides the salad,  I made Lebanese Chicken and Moroccan Chicken. Next on the list is Tava (a Turkish stew) and Challah. You can find these recipes on If you happen to have a great mideastern recipe, please share. J  


  1. terry, jeff is half english, half lebanese, so I make a family favorite of spinach pies....would you like that recipe?

  2. I would LOVE that Melinda! Thanks!

  3. 1 large bag of washed spinach (not baby spinach)
    rip up the leaves into a large bowl
    juice from 2-3 lemons
    approx 1/4 cup good olive oil
    1 chopped onion (I like Vidalia)
    a handful of pigniola nuts (approx 1/4 cup)
    1 tbl sea salt

    pizza dough(I buy a large size from our local pizza shop)
    roll out the dough in large circle
    cut triangles, approx 4 inches across bottom
    place spoonfuls of spinach mixture in center of triangles and fold over
    and pinch the sides
    brush olive oil on top, add a pinch a fine sea salt on top
    cook at 400 or 450 for 8-10 minutes, until nicely browned on top
    I then lay them on a paper bag to cool a little

    Yum! makes me hungry just thinking about them!

  4. Wow...thanks Melinda! They sound delicious. I've never used pigniola nuts. :)