Wild Rice, Lentils and Bacon
1 c wild rice
4 1/4 c water, divided
1 1/2 t salt, divided
4 oz bacon, diced
1 c diced celery
1 c diced carrot
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 c lentils
2 T parsley
Bring 1 t salt and 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Add wild rice and return to boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until rice is tender - about 45 minutes. When rice is done, drain and return it to the pan.
Meanwhile saute bacon in a large saucepan until it is crispy. Remove bacon with slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Add onions, celery and carrots to pan and saute until the onion is soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and lentils to the pan, stir and cook for another minute. Add remaining 1 3/4 cups of water, 1/2 t salt and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat, cover and cook for 35 minutes. Some water may remain in the pan. Add wild rice to lentils and vegetables and combine.
The rice/lentils can now be refrigerated.
When you are ready to serve, bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat uncovered until remaining liquid is absorbed and the rice and lentils are heated through (about 6 minutes.) Add reserved bacon and parsley.
Serves about 6
I also made a "ceviche" for the party that was pretty well received (Noelle was nice enough to leave a comment here to that effect) so I'll give you the recipe for that also. Actually this is less a recipe than a list of proportions. Adjust as desired.
Shrimp and Scallop Quote Ceviche Endquote
8 oz cooked bay shrimp
8 oz bay scallops
1/4 c minced red onion
1/3 c chopped cilantro
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 serrano chile pepper, minced very very very fine
1/2 t cumin
1 T chopped parsley
1 avocado, diced
1/4 c olive oil
juice from one lime
salt and pepper to taste
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add scallops and cook for one minute. Remove, drain and cut scallops into quarters.
Combine shrimp, scallops, onion, serrano chile, cumin, and parsley. Add the oil and the lime juice and toss to blend. Refrigerate until cold. Just before serving add avocado and tomatoes.
Serve with tortilla chips. Steve and I ate this much one night after dinner so... serves 2-4.
I know I promised to explain lewd luminarias but I decided to do so via a photo tutorial and halfway through the process this morning the first one exploded. Well, it exploded after I dropped it but now I'm more determined than ever - especially since my mom was, like, what? how? why? funny pictures but huh...? So I will (emphasis) get back to this subject. Consider it sticky-noted.
PS I have continued to research kindergarten options for the twins with an interest in immersion programs that grows even as the chance for their getting into one dwindles. The Spanish school laughed indulgently when I called to see if they take applications from out of district. "Oh sure!" they said. "We take them. No one from out of the district has ever gotten a space but... ." I gracias'd them for their time. I had a slightly more promising conversation with the French place, though, so tonight I asked Caroline and Edward how they'd feel about French kindergarten.
Caroline clasped her hands together and sighed and said, "Ohhhhhh YES! I would love that. I would love to go to French kindergarten. Quick! Learn me some French!"
I said, automatically, "Teach me some French."
She said, "But I don't know any yet."
I said, "No I meant... you said 'learn'... nevermind. I'd be happy to teach you some French."
Edward said, "Whoa whoa whoa. Whoa. Wait. I am NOT going to French. I am going to Engwish kindergarten."
Caroline said, "But Edward! You already know English kindergarten."
I said, "Well, yes, you do know English but you learn lots of other things in kindergarten, too. You learn how to read and how to write and you learn about numbers and shapes... ."
Caroline looked at me and said, very cool, "I already know all of that."
Patrick, who is violently opposed to the idea of all immersion programs for the twins because he objects to the idea that Caroline and Edward will learn - in his words - to jibber jabber, spoke up at this point.
"Touché," he said.
Caroline said, "What? Touché? Is that French?"
I admitted it was.
"Touché, then," said Caroline. "Touché, Meemah*. Touché, Edward."
Edward had gone back to eating but he looked up at this and said, again, "I'm going to school in Engwish. But I hate school. So I am not going to kindergarten. But I'm not going in Engwish. And *I* don't know how to read and I can't write my name in French or anything. So no."
"Fine," she said. "You can just carry my backpack and my lunch."
"Good," said Edward.
So Caroline wants to learn French (or Spanish. or Chinese. or Italian. or German) and Edward wants to be a sherpa who is also an attendance problem. I'm still looking for a program to meet all of their needs.
*A couple of weeks ago Caroline decided to invert syllables for everyone's name. I became Meemah (you know, mee-mah, mah-mee, mommy.) Edward was briefly Dwardee before she went back to Eddybear and Buddy. Steve became Deedah. Patrick? He's still Patrick and when I asked why he doesn't get a new name too Caroline explained that Patrick is already good just the way he is.