Summers always make me wish I lived somewhere else. Partly due to the high heat index we have in Phoenix but also due to the monsoon season. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about monsoons; the sudden rain and its smell, dark skies, lighting, and even the humidity. I love it so much that I wish I lived in a place where we had rain more often.
I struggle so much to see the beauty around me and I always wonder why people would like to vacation in this plain & boring place (sorry but I don’t find dirt and cactus attractive!). I know I should be grateful for what I have but I can’t help to dream about living in a greener place. [A place with lots of green tall trees, grass and lush vegetation, a place where you can walk to a coffee shop or the grocery store.] (If you don’t have a car in Phoenix forget about going anywhere. Everything is a 30 minute drive and public transportation stinks!) Someone please call the whaaambulance! Haha!
Seriously, I feel like my creativity has not been fully developed due to my surroundings.
Mr. Delish and I have talked about moving to a different place a few years from now but we haven’t found that place that will gives us everything we want. We also talked about giving up on that dream since all of our friends and family are here. Our kids are here (The youngest will be an adult by the time we move…. IF we move). However, would it be fun to live in a beautiful place without friends and family? Yes, you can make new friends but they won’t be the ones you’ve loved for years!
Watching House Hunters International, reading about bloggers doing fun things in beautiful places and seeing my friend’s instagram photos is not helping the cause!
This is a tough decisions my friends. Very tough.
What would you do if you were in our shoes? Would you be adventurous and move to a new place leaving your friends and family behind?
Okay, moving on to better things: food. Some people know that farro is my favorite grain due to all of the health benefits. Farro is rich in fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamins A, B, C and E. It grows best in barren, high-altitude terrain and is almost always grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Because it is so easily digested and so low in gluten, farro can often be eaten by people who are normally gluten-intolerant. It also keeps me satisfies me (my bottomless pit) more than any other grain… that right there my friends makes eating farro even better
- 1¼ cups uncooked farro
- Kosher salt & ground pepper
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ sun-dried tomatoes, julienne cut (found in sealed bags non oil-packed)
- 1 jar 12 to 14 oz artichoke hearts (not marinated), cut into quarters if they’re whole.
- 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup finely chopped red onion
- ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Rinse farro thoroughly under cold running water and drain.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the farro, 3 cups of water, a pinch of kosher salt. Bring to boil over hight heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer gently for about 15 to 17 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- In a large, bowl, whisk together the vinegar and olive oil. Add the farro, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, onion, parsley and sunflower seeds and toss gently to mix and coat well. Season generously with salt and pepper. You may serve cold or at room temperature.