Monday, September 5, 2011

Magical manic mishmash Mondays

Welcome to the first of our special cooking column "THE COOKING CAULDRON" with some famous and infamous of the wizarding world!
Today's special guest is Herbology Professor Pamona Sprout! 
What you might not know is that Professor Sprout is a long time vegetarian. Who better then to give us a delicious meatless meal?

And joining her is the first Herbology assignment handed in by first year Ravenclaw bacskocky, Link!
So I asked Professor Sprout her favorite recipe for this time of year. What some of you don't know is that she also grows herbs and spices in on of the greenhouses that is strictly forbidden and she loves to cook.
Today she is making  Curried Lentil, wild rice and  orzo salad

In large pot of boiling salted water, cover and cook wild rice for 10 minutes.
1/2 cup (125 mL) wild rice
Add lentils; boil for 20 minutes. 
2/3 cup (150 mL) green lentils or brown lentils
Add orzo; 
1/2 cup (125 mL) orzo pasta
cook just until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and transfer to large bowl. 
Add currants and onion.
1/2 cup (125 mL) currants
1/4 cup (50 mL) finely chopped red onion

Dressing: In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, cumin, mustard, sugar, salt, coriander, turmeric, paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne; whisk in oil. Pour over rice mixture and toss gently.
1/4 cup (50 mL) white wine vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp (2 mL) granulated sugar
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground coriander
1/4 tsp (1 mL) turmeric
1/4 tsp (1 mL) paprika
1/4 tsp (1mL) nutmeg
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch cloves
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/3 cup (75 mL) canola oil or vegetable oil

Let cool; cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) To serve, sprinkle salad with almonds
1/3 cup (75 mL) slivered almonds, toasted
Professor Sprout, when she invites her celiac problemed wizard and witch friend will substitute the orzo for white rice. She feels this is a great summer time picnic salad that is sure to be a hit at any anti- he who must be named party!

What do you think Link?

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