Saturday, April 11, 2009

what the hell is farro?

yesterday i had the great pleasure of meeting up with Amey, of Vegan Eats & Treats!, for coffee and cupcakes at Black China Bakery. it was totally awesome to connect with another local vegan blogger, especially one who is apparently as excited about cooking and food shopping as i am! anyway, during our conversation i mentioned the bag of farro i have sitting in my pantry, another exciting and slightly mystifying grocery item i was able to take home for free from work. Amey immediately proved her foodie status by not only knowing what farro is but also having eaten it before. her description of a farro salad inspired me to go home and cook a similar dish for dinner.

farro salad

so for everyone going "what the hell is farro?", it's a type of wheat that's mostly grown in italy, similar to spelt, and often eaten in soup. it's hearty and chewy and very good, a bit like barley.

this dish involved a lot of elements, each quite simple, and the whole was really delicious and satisfying. here's what went down:
  • 1 1/2 cups semipearled farro cooked in 5 cups vegetable broth for about 25 minutes, until the farro was tender, then drained
  • chopped cauliflower, garlic and asparagus roasted in olive oil in a cast-iron pan for about 25 minutes
  • a handful or two of walnut pieces, toasted on the stovetop
  • chopped sundried tomatoes and green olives
  • a dressing made of balsamic vinegar, olive oil and the juice of one lemon
i mixed everything together in a big bowl and served with some tempeh sausage crumbles (from vegan with a vengeance) on the side. then i broke out my cherished grey celtic coarse sea salt and sprinkled some on top and it was amazing.

1 comment:

Amey said...

wheeee!

it was super awesome meeting you sophia! I can't wait for more vegan foodie fun together.

your version of farro salad looks really good. I love the idea of the cauliflower and asparagus in there! Mmmm.

see you soon!