Sourdough Culture Survived the Move
My sourdough culture survived the move just fine. I made a loaf and brought it to a BBQ at my aunt's house. It was a huge hit. My naughty cousin made an excellent salad with quinoa!
QUINOA AND BLACK BEAN SALAD
1 1/2 cups quinoa (small disk-shaped seeds)*
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed if canned
1 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn (cut from about 2 large ears)
3/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 pickled jalapeño chilies, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin, or to taste
1/3 cup olive oil
*available at specialty foods shops and natural foods stores
In a bowl wash quinoa in at least 5 changes cold water, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off most of water, until water runs clear and drain in a large fine sieve.
In a saucepan of salted boiling water cook quinoa 10 minutes. Drain quinoa in sieve and rinse under cold water. Set sieve over a saucepan of boiling water (quinoa should not touch water) and steam quinoa, covered with a kitchen towel and lid, until fluffy and dry, about
10 minutes (check water level in kettle occasionally, adding water if necessary).
While quinoa is cooking, in a small bowl toss beans with vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and cool. Add beans, corn, bell pepper, jalapeños, and coriander and toss well.
In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt, and cumin and add oil in a stream, whisking.
Sorry I didn't snap a photo.
I did, however, snap a photo of my latest creation using the sourdough starter - pumpernickel bread. We are bringing it to Sunday dinner tomorrow.