pomegranate, nut, and green herb quinoa

Have you ever have a day that was a photograph worth taking? A day lived, not in sepia, but in bold and beautiful technicolor. After the worst summer I’ve known, I feel as if I’m going through a chrysalis of sorts. Where from death and heartbreak emerges new life, love, and days where I wake to so much possibility. Leaves that rise up instead of burn, fold and tumble to the ground. I’m on the verge, on the precipice of something enormous and extraordinary, but I don’t know what it is, or what shape this change will take.

And for once, I’m okay with that.

For those who know me and know me well, I’m something of an ambivert. There are times when I enjoy the pomp and bombastic performance that is my personality, but often I prefer to retreat, hibernate, and spend time thick in the business of quiet. So today was a bit of a challenge in the sense that I’ve taken on a new project and a temporary partner, I spent time cooking delicious food with a friend, and passed the evening with my business partner {and old friend}, and her extraordinary husband. Then I came home to find a long, lovely email from my agent telling me that my novel-in-progress is brilliant, that it reminded him of Jennifer Egan, and that I should keep at it.

Fluttering from one engagement to the next, it was a day where all my loves played house.

And imagine my glee to forge a friendship with my sweet friend, Jamie, who probably loves cooking and photographing her food just as much as I do. Jamie’s is a light that shines boldly and brightly, and you always feel as if you’re cast in her warm glow. She’s kind, smart, funny, and always charming and positive. Every time I spend an afternoon with her, I walk away, invigorated. And today was no exception. Not only did we fix the most delicious and mindful of meals, but I discovered (and ordered) a new cookbook, vowed to procure a Vitamix, and thought about ways I can make this space infinitely more special every day.

So cheers to days worth photographing and remembering. This is me, playing the hand as it lays.

INGREDIENTS: Adapted from Fresh Happy Tasty: An Adventure in 100 Recipes
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp hummus
Maldon or other flaky salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 to 2 lemons
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, toasted
2 cups sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 1/2 cups pomegranate seeds
1 handful fresh dill, roughly chopped (no big stems)
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1 small handful fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped

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Prepare the quinoa according to the package directions. While the quinoa is cooking, combine the onion, garlic, olive oil, and hummus in a large glass bowl. Drain the quinoa and put it back in the pot. Stir it over low heat for a couple of minutes to steam off some of the excess water.

Add the quinoa to the glass bowl, season with salt and pepper, and add the lemon juice. Loosely cover the mixture and let it sit until it comes to room temperature. If you are not serving immediately, refrigerate and bring to room temperature before serving.

When you’re ready to serve, mix the nuts, pomegranate seeds, and herbs with the quinoa and toss with your hands. Check the seasoning. Remember, when food sits for awhile, especially in the fridge, the cold tones down the seasoning, so add a bit more lemon, salt, or pepper if you need to.


9 thoughts on “pomegranate, nut, and green herb quinoa

  1. What an amazing sounding day! That email sounds like it would be a joy to receive. And I love the sound of your outlook in this post…so positive! So happy! And SUCH DELICIOUS FOOD. I made roasted red pepper hummus from scratch for the first time a week ago and I keep asking myself…WHY HAVE I NOT DONE THIS BEFORE? (I think that is a pic of homemade hummus above?) This is a perfect recipe to use up my last few tablespoons!


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