My First Five Minute Friday!

Five Minute Friday is something that I have wanted to do for a while.  I’ve been reading them for a couple of weeks and this is the first time I have found the courage to do it . . . why do we limit ourselves?  

Linking with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday with the one word prompt: Dance.

GO!

The first vision in my mind was of a couple dancing–that seems quite ridiculous because my husband and I never dance in the traditional way of being at a party dancing the night away.

Our dance takes place in the kitchen after dinner–the kids scramble to do their after dinner chores and I put any leftovers away and my husband takes care of the dishes that have accumulated since lunch, making dinner and dinner dishes.  We flow through the kitchen knowing each others step–usually–every once in a while I move to the fridge and he moves to the garbage and we crash–not a graceful dance at that moment.

Our dance takes place as we fold the mountain of laundry that piles up–we talk and we listen to each other, laugh and throw socks into the pile–that neither of us wants to deal with. 

Our dance is daily and I’ve grown to like it this way.  I always thought I was missing out on something–but I’m not.

STOP

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Garlic Scapes

20120628-091328.jpgGarlic scapes are the “flower” of garlic plants, it isn’t really a flower at all but looks pretty.  Typically, they are cut off the plant so the garlic bulb will maintain the growth.  The scapes can be planted to grow garlic but this may take a few years so most farmers/gardeners cut the scapes and compost them.

My CSA box had scapes in it so I made pesto! and pickled garlic scapes.

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20120628-091359.jpgI washed the scapes, loaded them in the food processor and added enough olive oil to make it look like pesto.  I divided the mixture into two bowls and added feta to one and Parmesan, Asiago, romano mix to the other bowl.

I will use the pesto with pasta–I like to cook the pasta then add about a cup of the pasta water to the pesto and pasta–that way the cheese sort of melts and make a sauce.

I also use the pesto with quinoa.  I make the quinoa and then add the pesto to it–maybe add some tomatoes or zucchini–those were also in my CSA box!

The pickled scapes are very easy–1:1 ratio of water to vinegar, some sugar and salt–bring it to a boil and then I let it cool before I pour it over the scapes.  I refrigerate for a couple of days before I will eat them.  This is a great recipe to pickle just about anything!

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