Tuesday, July 31, 2012


One of my jobs every other morning or so is to make lunch for 5. My sister and I trade off on this chore, and we all eat lunch together. Three of us are gluten free and so I thought I might start doing some food posts. I love to cook (most of the time) and I am always altering or inventing my own recipes.

Today I made a Vegetarian (and could be Vegan without the HB eggs) Garbanzo Bean Salad.

I soaked chick peas over night and put them on to cook this morning, along with some eggs for extra protein.

We have a lot of peppers and cucumbers from the garden right now, so I chopped them up with some onion and spicy B&B pickles. I added some crushed roasted garlic (This is so easy to do, and saves a lot of $ over buying roasted garlic at one of the olive bars. I have been doing this out on the grill but you can do it in the oven....we love garlic in this house and I put handfuls of peeled garlic in an open foil tray with olive oil and roast it while I am cooking dinner on the grill. More on that later, probably cedar plank salmon, a favorite, but I digress).

 Mix together all the veggies, eggs and chick peas. Stir together a little olive oil (I used organic Tuscan Olive Oil), a fresh squeezed lemon and some mustard, sprinkle in cumin, salt and pepper and mix it all together. Taste and adjust seasonings.

I toasted some pine nuts to top it, and some dried craisins.

Mound it on some organic lettuce and serve. 

 In jewelry news........................I am now doing in Home Jewelry Parties. This is a great way to have a fun party, and earn credit towards jewelry!  Besides getting ready for a jewelry show, I am gearing up for Art in the Park in Blowing Rock on August 11 and the Potters Market Invitational at the Mint Museum in Charlotte on September 15. Stay tuned for new ideas and designs, as well as Jennie cooking!