Thursday, January 24, 2008


Wild Rice with Pecans & Dried Blueberries

Oh peaches, my heart broke into a zillion itsy bitsy bits of bits of shards of bits yesterday, as my darling camera took it's swan song picture, whimpered, whirled and - alas - ceased to work.

It's death, well, it was a truly sad moment. Let's all take a micro-second of head-bowing silence in its memory, shall we? Just a micro-second though. The true trials of the world deserve our real head bowing.

Much like my fancy-pants cell phone that was unceremoniously murdered last week by a fast approaching hardwood floor - the cameras passing was a bit of a bother. And just like in the instance of the phone, I learned that in this disposable age, digital camera repair doesn’t actually exist. Can you believe? And to add insult to injury, the darned thing is barely recyclable. Oy. (And for my readers who speak the Queen's English, that isn't a salutatory "oy," that's a lamenting "oy.")

But enough of my whinging (and for my Non-British readers, that’s a synonym for whining – I’m just here to help.) on with the show…which may be on temporary halt until I figure out this situation, do some research and figure out the best route to take. Wish me luck.

This concoction was thrown together last week, in an effort to cast a bit of summery fun into the rain-soaked Los Angeles I inhabit of late. And it’s mission was indeed accomplished.

Try it my peaches, and taste the joy.

½ cup olive oil
¼ cup blueberry or raspberry vinegar
2 T. port wine jelly (omit if you don’t have)
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 cup cooked wild rice
3 cups cooked brown rice
2 tablespoons flax seed
¼ cup green onion
¼ cup dried blueberries and/or cranberries
1 cup pecan halves as garnish

Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, jelly, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste.

Toss ¾ of the dressing with the wild rice, brown rice, onion and dried berries. Let the dressing absorb for 15 minutes or until ready to serve. When ready to serve, re-toss with the remaining dressing, garnish with pecans and serve.

Makes 6-8 servings.


The good folks at Lipton Tea want you to get outdoors~

North American Blueberry growers ship more than 100 metric tons of fresh blueberries each year to Iceland, and more than 500 metric tons to Japan. -

People who eat two or more servings of red meat a day are much more likely to develop conditions leading to heart disease and diabetes, University of Minnesota researchers have found. The study in a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute also found that diet soda consumption was linked to these elevated risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, echoing the findings of a study published in July. - Daily Mail.Co.UK

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Oh, dear. Taps for your camera; I have felt the same sadness. Take heart, though, that its last picture was beautiful, summery and bright - just as this dish sounds. Hmmm, and I have all of those things sitting in my cupboards.
I am so sorry for your loss and I hope you can get on with your life soon:)

I've been in a very soup-y mood lately, but I think I actually should eat something like this to bring back the summer in myself. Dried blueberries sound great, but I haven't seen them in the shops here. You tricked me into the plan of making a rice salad with dried cranberries, though:) Thank you!

(and reminded me I had to buy some anyway, for a chocolate cake;))
I've been looking for another way to use flax seeds- what a yummy looking dish!
this sounds delicious - I usually buy dried cranberries, but now I will be sure to look for blueberries!
Tout est bon ici...alors un petit coucou de France...Strasbourg...good morning...
Its final picture was beautiful, as always. Enjoy your search for a new one!
I love your photo, Rachael, and the recipe sounds fantastic! My heart goes out to you regarding the camera. I have spent more than a micro-second with head bowed.

Rachael, so sorry to hear about your camera and phone. You do know these things happen in three's. You better keep an eye on the stove it may be next lol. I hope you get a new camera soon. Love the blog.
I love the idea of adding dried blueberries to a savory dish. I'm so sorry about your camera. Though its last shot was a winner.
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