Moroccan Salad with Quinoa

IMG_4999We used to have a flat-weave picnic basket.  It was lined in green tartan, and had a place for everything that a family might need for a great lunch.  Today we tend to pack lunches into coolers or backpacks, with lots of ice or freezer paks.  Somehow our unchilled lunches of yesteryear never made us sick.  We would have a stack of sandwiches, maybe a salad or two, some pickles, and cookies and fruit for dessert.  A bottle of lemonade would be enough for us all.  No pop tins, fancy fruit juices, or iced teas.  How did we ever survive?

There is always time for a picnic.  Don’t go overboard thinking it out, just make some things that make you happy, and get outside!  Even if you just toddle down to the local park.

This salad would be an amazing picnic salad.  Salads are great when they can be used as a main dish as well.  This colourful salad, full of fragrant spices lasts well in the fridge, and works well as a side dish for dinner, or as a main course salad, for lunches or a light supper. It’s packed full of nutrition, and is pretty as well!

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Roasted Yam & Apple Salad

IMG_2284When we were first married, the farm was 50 acres of open grazing land mixed with woodlands. The driveway was built and we had a 40’ trailer to live in.  Our property was the larger half of old farmlands that had been divided in two.  We shared in a small herd of cattle ranging over both properties.

It was a very inspiring thing to look at what was essentially a blank canvas.  We drew plans of what we might have on the farm.  Where the orchard would go, a stable, cross fencing and so on, even where we’d build the house.  At that time we didn’t know that farms tend to have plans of their own.

Our first building was for storage, with three stalls for the horses (even though we only had one), an area for hay and a large room that could be heated.  This room became the pump house, the electrical shed, the milking parlour, freezer area and storage.  The first winter that we had this new space, we bought big burlap sacks of potatoes, carrots and onions.  We had beef in the freezer, eggs from our hens, and I thought how fortunate we were to have so much! Later our small orchard would start to give us fruit, and we could add that to our winter larder.  Those early winters gave me a real appreciation for eating seasonal foods.

Now we live in our farmhouse, with lots of cross fencing and not too many other buildings.  I have plenty of food storage, as we’ve needed to incorporate that into our home.  I try not to go across to town too often, and prefer to use foods that last well.  We have a large outdoor larder on the north side of the house, which except for in extreme temperatures in the winter & summer, can keep fruits and vegetables very well.   Continue reading