Latest Articles and RecipesEast meets West Salad – funny how we Americans just tend to cross culinary boundaries. Â I came across some pearl couscous and thought Iâ€™d build a recipe round this wonderful pasta product. Â Little squishy pearls of pasta….color – needs color… how about some steamed soy beans (nice and green), some diced sweet red onion and the veggie component – oven roasted cauliflower. Â Make a lemon vinaigrette with some thyme for accent. Â It came together wonderfully. Â Israeli pasta, Japanese soybeans, good old American cauliflower with an Italian inspired lemon vinaigrette – that is how the East meets West salad got itâ€™s name. Â Have since thought about additions of roasted cherry tomatoes or grilled artichoke hearts instead of the cauliflower. Â Send us a comment, we would love to hear about your latest summer salad inspiration. The picture is East meets West by artist Melody T Newcomb, check out her work, amazing stuff!
The veggie component for September is soybeans. Â Since we used some in the East meets West salad thought we would explore these little green gems of health. Â Soybeans are an important crop worldwide as they are an excellent source of protein. Â Soybean meal is found in most processed foods and almost all animal feed. Â Soy oil is also an important crop from soybeans. Â Tofu, Soy Sauce, TVP and Miso are just a few of the culinary gifts from soy.
The herb we explore this September is Lemon Verbena. Â Just started some here for our upcoming growing season. Â Itâ€™s one of those plants that whether you use it in cooking or not you will want one in your landscape – just brushing the leaves gives off the most wonderfully clean lemony scent. Â Lemon verbena is known by several names, vervain, lemon beebrush, verbena and Louisaâ€™s herb. Verbena is easy to grow in warm climates as it is not cold tolerant.
As always: Life is short, Enjoy your Meals!