Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans

Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth – rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point.  ~ Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Learning To Trust

This past week has been a rough one and has left me more than a little discouraged. Blogging is hard work; certainly not for the faint of heart. Just when I think I am on my way and beginning to make headway in the bloggy world, the rug gets pulled out from underneath me. I hit the highest visitor numbers to date on my site only to see them plummet the next day. I could almost hear the crickets chirping when my hosting server went silent. Downtime is always tough because momentum is lost and you have to start the long hard climb all over again. During these times it is hard not to second guess myself and question if all the time, effort and sacrifice is worth it.  Is this the path I am meant to take?

Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans

Deep in my spirit I know what the truth is. God has brought me to this moment in time for a purpose. There are too many things that have fallen into place, coalesced at the right moment, to not believe He has a hand in it. So how do I deal with the tough times and discouragement, those moments when I feel I will never be able to stop spinning my wheels? I am holding on to one word that continues to dominate my thoughts, even in the disappointing moments. That word is trust. Trust that God has a plan. Trust that he sees the future and is building something beautiful. Trust that He will take care of my needs and knows what they are better than I do. 

Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans

My little blog may never be successful by the world’s standards. I may never make a substantial amount of money. I may never make a huge impact on the world around me. But God is doing something beautiful in me. He is teaching me to depend on him; to let Him take care of the future. To trust. I can live with that!

Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans

Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans

Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans is not your mama’s salad.  Tangy cauliflower and carrots combined with sweet pepper, sugar snap peas, salty bits of ham, and creamy white beans create a delicious fusion of flavors. A wonderfully addictive salad you will make again and again. Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans is destined to become a true family favorite.

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Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup raw sugar
  • 2 tbsp sea salt salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 6 scallions, white and tender green parts only, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 4 cups white cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets (12 ounces)
  • 2 large carrots, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 2 baby bell red peppers seeds removed, sliced into ¼ inch rings
  • One 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup thickly sliced ham, shredded
  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons salted roasted pine nuts
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Place vinegar, sugar and 2 tablespoons of salt into a heavy duty plastic bag.
  2. Bring large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat.
  3. Add scallions, cauliflower, and carrots to water and blanch until crisp-tender, about 1 minute.
  4. Remove vegetables using a slotted spoon and transfer to the plastic bag. Add 2 cups of cold water. Seal the bag, pressing out the air; place bag in freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, add snap peas and red pepper to the boiling water and blanch until peas are bright green, about 1 minute.
  6. Drain and cool under running water. Pat dry and cut peas diagonally into 1-inch pieces.
  7. Remove vegetables from freezer and drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the pickling liquid.
  8. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl. Add snap peas, red peppers, white beans, ham, parsley and pine nuts.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk the reserved pickling liquid with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Vegetables and dressing can be chilled separately at this time if not serving immediately. When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Serve.

Recipe adapted from Grace Parisi:  Giardiniera with Ham and White Beans, Food and Wine

Cauliflower Salad with Ham and White Beans shared with:

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Frijoles Negros and Modelo

I awoke yesterday morning to the sound of birds chirping, and the sun inching up just over the hills. The sky was pale blue with only a tiny whisper of clouds, and I thought to myself how lovely the day was sure to be. In my happiness and exuberance, I decided there was no way I could keep this monumental piece of information to myself; but who could I share such important news with? No one had yet stirred, and the house was dead silent. So, I did the most natural thing I might do in the circumstances and clanked a few cups while preparing my coffee. Low and behold, Tim magically appeared and stumbled into the kitchen on his way to lay hold of a highly desirous cup of coffee.

In hindsight, I should have known better…been more aware of the danger signs set in place before me. Tim’s groggy stagger into the kitchen with no morning coffee, after being awakened at zero dark thirty, wasn’t enough to sway me. Recklessly, and with complete abandon, I forged ahead, without any forewarning, to my dear, normally, agreeable husband and blurted out my grandiose prognosis of a fine Spring day.

Frijoles Negros (Black Beans) and Modelo: Black beans, slowly simmered with Negro Modelo and chipotle, gives an extra punch of flavor to an already favorite. At this point, it’s best to say; I stepped back and let the feathers fly. Not that my sweet husband said a word, no…that’s not his style, but if looks good translate, well I shudder to think what all was being said.

Lesson learned. No matter how beautiful the day’s forecast might be, wait until hubby has had his first cup of coffee to share the good news.

Frijoles Negros (Black Beans) and Modelo: Black beans, slowly simmered with Negro Modelo and chipotle, gives an extra punch of flavor to an already favorite.

No respectable meal, South of the Border, would be thoroughly complete without a hearty portion of beans, making Frijoles Negros and Modelo the perfect side dish. Black beans, slowly simmered with Negro Modelo and chipotle, gives an extra punch of flavor to an already favorite. 

Frijoles Negros and Modelo
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 Lg onion, diced
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 lg carrot, diced
  5. 1-2 Serrano peppers, seeded and diced (depending on taste)
  6. 1 Chipotle pepper, finely diced
  7. 1/2 tsp cumin
  8. 1/2 tsp coriander
  9. 1 tsp Creole seasoning
  10. 12 oz Negro Modelo (or another Mexican beer)
  11. 4 cups black beans (already soaked)
  12. 3 cups water
  13. 2 tsp sea salt
  14. 1 tsp sugar
  15. 1 Chipotle, finely diced
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion, saute until softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and cook stirring for 1 minute.
  4. Add carrot, peppers, cumin, coriander and Creole seasoning. Stir and continue cooking for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add beans, beer and water and bring to a boil.
  6. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  7. Check beans occasionally, stir, and add water as necessary to prevent sticking and beans from drying out.
  8. Once beans are softened, add salt to taste.
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Restoration Is On Its Way

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.

Mahatma Gandhi
I  have recently travelled to Seattle to be with a friend who is going through a difficult time. I have no earthly idea how long I will be here, and am okay with that. The only thing I am sure of at this point, is that she needs support, I am available, and that’s enough. Mediterranean Whole Wheat Pita Bread and Hummus: Pure and Simple Flashback to several years ago, when I first had the privilege of meeting my friend. I was in need of a place to live while working on a temporary assignment in the Emerald city of Seattle. It also happened to be one of the darkest, most painful periods of my life. My feet had been knocked out from underneath me, nothing was certain, and I walked around living and breathing, but numb to my inner core.
Mediterranean Whole Wheat Pita Bread and Hummus: Pure and Simple My friend and I met through Craigslist of all places. We corresponded via email only a few times, but something clicked between us. When I arrived at her home, she greeted me with a smile and a glass of wine. Her home was magnificent,  in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. My soul was stirred. Even though I didn’t know it at the time, God was using this wonderfully giving woman and the calm and serene surroundings about me to restore me from the inside out. Mediterranean Whole Wheat Pita Bread and Hummus: Pure and Simple
I am extremely grateful for the time I had in this place during that time. The moment in time given to me was exactly what I needed. Those three months spent here changed me profoundly. It was no accident nor bit of happenstance. It was planned out in detail for my circumstances then and for her circumstances now. My restoration and healing then, her restoration and healing now. I just love how God works, don’t you?
One of my favorite restaurants is a a little hole in the wall Middle Eastern Restaurant  located in San Marcos, California. Whenever I am in the area I make a point of stopping in and ordering up a falafel sandwich with a side of fresh homemade hummus. It is literally the best I have tasted anywhere besides a little roadside stand in Bethlehem where I had my first taste of Middle Eastern Food. 
 
Seeing that San Marcos is about 1100 miles away from Boise, I decided to try my hand at making my own. I am so glad I did. There is nothing like freshly baked pita bread, hot off the griddle, dipped in a creamy hummus with an earthy olive oil on top. Don’t take my word for it though, try it out and you be the judge. You can thank me later.
 
 
Recipe for Hummus With Roasted Garlic   shared with:
The 21st Century Housewife: Hearth and Soul Tuesday Blog Hop
 

Trio of Slow Cooker Holiday Dips:Pure and Simple

“Blessed is the season that engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

It is peaceful and quiet at Pure Grace Farms this morning. The sun is beginning to ease itself up over the lightly frosted hills. Clouds are gently brooding, gathering and forming. I hear them calling out to one another “don’t get left out,” “come and play.” I love that I have a front row seat to this wonderful performance. I am taking advantage of the calm before the storm, reveling in the warm up activities as the weather intensifies for a spectacular show. Artichoke- Parmesan Dip As a rule I am not fond of being the center of attention and prefer to linger somewhere on the edges of activity. Warm ups are necessary for me to fully engage in the happenings around me. Food is one of those ways that helps me to engage, my warm up so to speak.

White Bean and Garlic Dip This holiday season take a moment to reflect on whatever warms you up, what it is that helps you to fully engage with the people and happenings around you. Once you figure it out, go at it with all your might. Make this season one that is filled with a conspiracy of love in however you show it. The season will become much richer because of it. Green Chili and corn Dip  I decided to do a trio of slow cooker holiday dips for this post today in all honesty because I wanted to buy a TRU 3-Crock Buffet Slowcooker. So I did and gave myself an early Christmas present. I am so glad I did because these dips are delicious and so easy to make. I chose to make them light to cut down on a few calories when the taste and texture would not be affected.  

All 3-slow cooker holiday dips take only a few minutes to put together in the slow cookers giving you more time to focus on other things. Perfect when you are attempting to get everything just right for entertaining. 

Artichoke-Parmesan Dip

White Bean and Garlic Dip

Green Chili and corn Dip

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