Quinoa is a staple food of Andes-dwellers, a member of the goosefoot family and chock-full of protein and manganese. But the most important thing about quinoa, at least for my purposes this week is that it's not one of the five forbidden grains (wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt). Nor, according to most, though not all, authorities, is it kitniyot, foods like rice, corn, soy beans, string beans, peas, lentils, peanuts, sesame seeds and poppy seeds that are kinda sorta like the five forbidden grains and which, traditionally, Ashkenazi Jews avoid eating during the eight days of Passover.
So I've been eating a lot of quinoa this week. And it's crunchy and tasty, but basically pretty bland. Passover ends tonight at sunset. Which, according to the sites I've checked, occurs at 6:43 pm. That is, in approximately 12 hours. And ten minutes. Not that I'm counting or anything.
In other food-related news, I've finally joined a CSA,* something I've been meaning to do, ever since I learned from Magpie (can it really be nearly two years ago?) that there's one that has a drop off just down the block from my house. I've been checking my CSA's blog to see what kind of vegetables I can expect and, from their latest entry, I've learned that week they planted 10,000 (red and green) swiss chard plants.
So, what's on your (literal or figurative) plate? And do you happen to have any swiss chard recipes?
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