• Lauren-Nicole

red rice & quinoa salad

So I'm sitting here & licking my wounds, metaphorically speaking of course. I always joke that most people have no idea how to drive in the rain, especially in countries where it rarely rains. I have always found this tremendously funny... until today of course.

The day started off all well & good with a very full day in the kitchen, bar the sink full of dirty dishes left over by one of the other chefs. I wasn't to appreciative of this but 15 minutes spent over the sink with hot water & plenty of suds took care of that pretty quickly. 54 vanilla cupcakes, 54 chocolate cupcakes, 44 red velvet cupcakes, 15 double chocolate chip cookies & over 300 mini cupcake tasters. It wasn't a 10 hour day again, but it was exhausting.

I was a little nervous to begin the day after Lefteris & I had a talk, he'd told me how I'd been a bit afloat the previous days & it seemed as though I wasn't really focused. Needless to say I panicked & stepped up my game. Of course I'd warned the owners of the bakery that I'm prone to making mistakes but I tend to get into the swing of things pretty quickly. It was a nice change of pace & I got completely lost in my own world. Singing along out of tune to all my favorite songs on my custom play list & getting completely covered in flour & cacao. My dream job. Really. Is it bad to tell people that you love your job? Any way, I love it & I wont apologize for that, in fact, I insist that everyone also be as happy for me as I am.

I mentioned how my day got worse, but then got off the topic. So lets fast forward by a few hours & there I was trying to assist my mum in moving some boxes of books into our apothiki. Standing in my new trainers with super grippy souls that mel got me for my birthday, I picked up the super heavy box & attempted to lift it up & over the couch that was between me & the shelf. At that very moment, my trainers lost their amazing grip and my feet slid behind me. I face planted onto the shelf and slammed my forearms against the ledge. Ouch. Instant bruise. A little water on the ground & my coordination goes straight to hell. After my initial "aaaaaaaaaaaaoooooouuuch" I laughed it off. Trust me, instant mental replay helps to see the comedy in even the most painful of situations.

Not even an hour later we went to the house of one of my mothers yoga students to collect some bolsters. As we were exiting the premisses, my fancy new shoes gave out on me once again going down the stone steps in the garden. I landed on the exact same spots on my forearms trying to catch myself & extra hard on the corner of the steps with my bum. At least something cushioned the blow. Instant bruises though. So, for the second time in the same day I screamed once again, a few profanities this time as well might I add, & again proceeded to try and laugh it off.

So here I am, licking my wounds. Laughing at my stupidity. Recounting the thousands upon thousands of times that my mother has told me that I'm an "accident waiting to happen" just like my father. Drinking a glass of red wine & watching 'Julie & Julia'. Oh and isn't everyone so lucky that this is what I'm watching since it reminded me that I actually have a recipe to share.

Red rice. Quinoa. Dried Apricots. Rocket. Parsley. Lemon. Orange. Just to name a few... These were all parts of the red rice & quinoa salad we made on Saturday. Can I please tell you how much I love this salad. Most people like it on its own, but personally I like a little grilled chicken or steak with it. Preferences, that's all.

Sharing time, because sharing is caring. This recipe feeds about 10 by the way, just saying, either shrink the quantities, bring your appetite, or invite people. I recommend inviting people, it's well worth it.

Ingredients: feeds 10 - 250g red rice, cooked - 500g quinoa, cooked - 1 onion, finely diced - 5 tbs olive oil - 250g dried apricots, chopped - 250g dates, chopped - 2 spring onions, thinly chopped - 1 clove garlic, diced - 1 orange, juice & zest - 1 & 1/2  lemon, juiced - 1 large bunch rocket, finely shredded - 1 handful fresh parsley, finely shredded - 200g toasted pistachios, shelled - 200g toasted almonds, chopped - salt & pepper to taste

Directions: 1. saute the onion & 2 tbs of olive oil on low heat until soft & translucent, set aside & allow to cool. 2. cook the rice & quinoa in separate pots according to the times printed on the packaging, allow to cool & set aside. 3. combine all of these amazing ingredients into a very large bowl. 4. allow the salad to sit for a few hours before serving, this allows all the flavors to fully mingle & blend. also, I highly recommend buying a spicy rocket leaf if you have the choice.

P.s. speaking of Lefteris, he called me today to congratulate me on the workload I handled & to tell me that he gave a glowing report to the owners.

If you're interested in the type of stuff I keep stocked in my kitchen or the equipment that I use regularly... here's a pretty comprehensive list.

Tools/ Equipment/ Machinery/ Ingredients:


Electric Scale - Etekcity - http://amzn.to/2xkKpQk

Hand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xkjowh

Stand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2yqXPiH

Candy Thermometer - Etekcity - http://amzn.to/2xklw7k

Food Processor - Cuisinart - http://amzn.to/2xkkZqK

Blender - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xXQgwU


Silicone Spatula - Zyliss - http://amzn.to/2y3Srkw

Chef's Knife 8" - Miyabi - http://amzn.to/2fUtyRK

Pots & Pans:

Cast Iron Skillet 12" - Lodge - http://amzn.to/2fMHb1x Cast Iron Pot 5.5 Quart - La Cocotte Staub - http://amzn.to/2fUqxAG

Cast Iron Grill Skillet 10.5" - Lodge - http://amzn.to/2z2GPwi

Cake tins & Pie Plates:

Bunt Pan - Nordic Ware - http://amzn.to/2xjGB1N

Square Cake Tin - Patisse - http://amzn.to/2xkn5Ce

Springform cake tin 22cm (9”) - Farberware - http://amzn.to/2xkdQ4T

Ceramic Pie Plate- Emile Henry - http://amzn.to/2gex5qR

Cupcake Tin - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkp4GG

Tart Tin Loose Bottom 9.5” - Patisse - http://amzn.to/2xje3u2

Decorating Equipment:

Non-Slip Pipping Bags - Pastry Gear - http://amzn.to/2fLxAZ0

Pipping Tips - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2yJVPy1

Food Gels - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2kpOCky

Fondant Smoother - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkyZRl

Fondant Modelling Tools - Happisland - http://amzn.to/2xjOWSV Fondant Rolling Pin - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkbLe5

Fondant Rolling Mat - The Mat - http://amzn.to/2y2bg76


Active Dry Yeast - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2gcC2R4

Almond Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkP3xI

Arrow root - Bob’s Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2ycT0WF

Baking Powder - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkJz5U

Bicarbonate of Soda - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yL7Lj4

Brown Rice Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2z1MUt1

Buckwheat Flour - Anthony’s Organic - http://amzn.to/2xjRS6T

Cocoa Powder - Valrhona - https://amzn.to/2ouIwlr Coconut Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkAHNX

Flaxseed Meel - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2ybK0Rm

Millet flour - Bob’s Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2iBZqYw

Oat Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2fNUuyZ

Potato Starch - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yKpYgH

Quinoa Flour - Amisa Organic - https://amzn.to/2oyWVg9 Sorghum Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yClSf5 Sweet White Rice Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2y2xmXK

Tapioca Starch - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xjv879

Vanilla Extract Organic - Simply Organic - http://amzn.to/2xXdt2e

Vanilla Beans - Vanilla Products - http://amzn.to/2yLMqWQ

White Flour GF - Dove's Farm - http://amzn.to/2z1b5I1​

Xanthan Gum - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2zoYxuC

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