I made a big batch of farro last week determined to use it up. I really like having cooked brown rice, quinoa, and millet on hand to toss with veggies, etc, but have yet to cook with farro. I had eaten it, but never made it at home.
To cook the farro, I did what I always do with grains. I dump a bunch of the grain in a whole lot of water and bring to a boil for about 20 minutes and then start checking for chewiness. For brown rice it's about 23 minutes and for this farro, I think it was about 27-30 minutes. Then I drain it, throw it back in the pot and cover it off the heat for about 15 minutes.
I then added to the warm farro 2 sauteed leeks and a handful of mushrooms. I added a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil and then tossed in some dried cranberries and cow's milk feta. We ate this as is, and then later on top of greens, or rolled in a wrap. The children were not remotely interested. I have not tried giving them plain cooked farro and butter, which will probably work for them. Maybe. I think it would work for 2 of them.
The time has gone slow since the madness of the holidays and I am very grateful. I am still knitting, a hat this time, and still reading The Marriage Plot, so that hasn't changed.
- I am revisiting an earlier obsession with dickeys. The false blouse/collar kind. This means looking at vintage/thrifted blouses a bit differently, with a pair of scissors in mind, to make my own dickeys. The dickey. Such an unfortunate term, I know, but what a clever idea! I love little collars under sweaters and stuffing in sleeves and bodices under a fitted sweater or dress is such a drag not to mention hot.
- This has led to a new interest in crew neck sweaters, which I had written off years ago (because of breastfeeding? I have not had a crew neck sweater in over 9 years, I know that) but now I am seeing them as the perfect top for said dickeys. Which has me looking at the after-holiday sales (which I usually try to ignore) more closely. And also has me cursing this trend of the super loose dolman sleeve boxy sweater which seems to be lasting a long time. At least it's helping me save my money.