Orzo and tomatoes salad

A nice summer dish, Perfect for a potluck, for a pic-nic or to make easily carried lunches for the office.

Ingredients
500g orzo pasta
1 cup green peas (frozen)
3 bell peppers (varied colors)
1 bundle of green onions
1lb heirloom tomatoes (varied)
1/2 a bundle of parsley
1/4 cup grape seed oil
1/4 cup + 2 table spoon olive oil
2 table spoon red wine vinegar
1 table spoon dijon mustard
salt and pepper
water
ingredients

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1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Pour the pasta into the water, stirring to avoid clumping. Cook for 15 minutes or so.
pasta1

2. In the last 2-3 minutes add the frozen peas.
pasta2

3. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
drain

4. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the 2 table spoon of olive oil and allow to cool fully.
cool

5. While the pasta is cooling, cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds. Grill until softened and nicely charred.
I kept the skin on for a bit of the smokiness, but you can remove it at this stage.
grill

6. Combine the grape seed oil, olive oil, red wine vinegar and dijon mustard.
dressing1

7. Shake well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
dressing2

8. Thinly slice the green onions, both white and green parts and add to the pasta.
green-onions

9. Cut the peppers into a large dice. Add to the orzo.
peppers

10. Chop the parsley and throw it in with the rest.
parsley

11. Cut the tomatoes into quarters (or into eighth if they are on the larger side). Remove the core and add to the bowl.
tomatoes

12. Mix in the dressing in two times to coat evenly.
mix

13. Plate and eat up.
As a side dish would probably feed 10.
As a main meal made for 6 large meals.
plate

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Barley salad with red grapes and marinated bavette

Delicious and light enough to be a summer meal. Modified from this as my roommate isn’t a fan of allspice. Also, bavette might be a favored cut.

This is a two step recipe. The marinade, then the rest of the salad.

Marinade Ingredients :
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tea spoon berberé
1/2 tea spoon peppercorn
1 kg of bavette or so
ingredients

Salad Ingredients:
Marinated bavette
2/3 cup barley
4 cups red grapes
parsley
salt
water
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1. Combine the berberé and peppercorns.
berbere

2. Roughly grind and break down.
grind

3. Combine the oil, vinegar and ground spices.
combine

4. Shake well.
shake

5. Put the meat in a freezer ziploc bag.
bag

6. Add the marinate and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
massage

7. When the meat is marinated bring 4 or 5 cups of water to a boil with a pinch of salt. Add the barley.
boil

8. Cook until the barley is softer but still a bit toothsome, about 30 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.
drain

9. Remove the meat from the bag and discard the marinade. Salt on both sides and sear. Depending on how thick the meat is you might need to finish cooking it in a 375 degree oven. You want to meat rare or medium rare.
sear

10. Slice the grapes in half and mix in with the barley.
grapes

11. Cut the meat into bite sizes and add to the grapes and barley.
meat

12. Chop a good handful of parsley and add to the rest.
parsley

13. Serve while the meat is warm, but any left overs will be delicious cold.
barley-salad
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Thaï style salad with chicken

I’ve been sick as a dog and I wanted something light but filling for dinner. This was perfect and will probably be joining a heavy rotation this summer.

Ingredients:
2 boneless chicken breast
1 tea spoon curry spices of your choice
1/3 cup cashew
2 cups bean sprouts
1 cup snow peas
1 red bell pepper
1 bunch of green onions
1-2 ripe mangoes, to taste
2-3 tablespoon fish sauce
1 table spoon soy sauce
1 tea spoon sambal olek (or chili sauce of your choice)
2 tablespoon brown sugar
juice of 2-3 limes
1-2 table spoon peanut oil
Sesame oil (to taste)
Thaï basil (optional)
ingredients

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1. In a small dry skillet, roast the cashew over medium heat until fragrant. Set aside to cool.
cashew

2.  In a larger skillet, heat the peanut oil.
Cut the chicken into thin strip and add to the skillet along with the curry spices.
chicken1

3. Once the chicken is cooked fully, set aside
chicken2

4. Rinse the bean sprouts and discard any flaccid of off-color sprout.
beans

5.  Slice the snow peas on a 45 degree and add to the bowl.
peas

6. Peel the mango and slice into sticks. Add to the bowl.
mangoes

7. Slice the red pepper into sticks and add to the bowl.
red-pepper

8. Slice the green onions (white and green parts) and add to the bowl.
green-onions

9. Mix the rest of the ingredients together to make the dressing. You’ll have way more dressing then you need. I used maybe 5 tablespoon for the whole bowl?
Keep the rest in the fridge for later use.
dressing

10. Toss the salad together and portion out into bowls.
I had some Thaï basil in the fridge so I added some as a garnish, no big deal if you don’t have any.
portion

11. Add the chicken and cashew to the bowls. Enjoy!
serve