Saturday, March 1, 2008
Platinum Chef - March!
Cara is back with a new Platinum Chef Challenge and I was pumped to expand my culinary horizons with two new ingredients (to me!): Barley and Chickpeas. They join Vanilla, Butternut Squash, and cumin. The challenge is to create one or two dishes using all the ingredients between them, with at least 2 ingredients each.
Confession: I had to google what the heck barley even was and how to cook it/what it is similar to. I later was told over dinner what one of the dishes I made, a beef soup with barley (among other things) is a really common classic soup. And here I thought I was being creative! ;) Somehow I missed the Beef Barley soup in the Campbell's rack!
The good news is, I learned I like Barley (my husband already knew he liked it) and we both also like the chickpeas!
And I already knew that I love butternut, vanilla, and cumin.... mmm :)
Dish 1: Beef Barley Soup
Three Ingredients Featured: Butternut Squash, Barley, Chickpeas, cumin
Dish 2: Pumpkin "Rice" Pudding
Two and a Half Ingredients Featured: Barley, Vanilla, and Pumpkin (the 1/2)