Last week I was catching up on blogs and read Lara's post over on Good Cook Doris. She made this amazing potluck dish with stuff she had in her pantry. I left a comment saying that I should learn to do the same when I'm making my lunch for work - since I sometimes punk out and buy a sandwich. Then Monday night rolled around and I was tired from the marathon, totally lazy, and about to resign myself to the deli sandwich when I rememberd my comment. It pounded in my ears the same way that my mother's voice sometimes hammers at me when I'm about to buy a too-expensive accessory, or wear a dress without a slip, or leave the house with wet hair. It's that voice you hear when you're doing something you know you shouldn't.
That comment really nagged at me. I couldn't get a sandwich. I had food in my fridge and my pantry. I couldn't be a hypocrite, not on the blogs and not to my foodie friends. They're the only ones that let me ramble on about that amazing cheese I had last week, or how that olive oil definitely tasted lemony. And they don't judge me for it. They ask me where it came from, where I ate it! I owed it to Lara, and Megan, and Katie and Pam, Susie & Chelsea - and all the other food bloggers I rely on for inspiration and recipe recco's....I couldn't have them all think that my comments were B.S.!
So I opened the pantry looking for quinoa, rice, a grain...How did I run out? This didn't make sense. OK, barley. I could make some barley. And I had some arugula - I always have cheese, beans....
So here it is - my lunch from today. Incidentally, it was so tasty filling and healthy that I made it again tonight for tomorrow's lunch. Thanks for the inspiration Lara!
Why don't I make barley more often? It's very chewy and filling!