Thai Farro Salad

Thai-emmer-farro-saladFarro is said to be the first grain ever domesticated by humans, and it was grown in what was called “The Fertile Crescent” of the Middle East. The Fertile Crescent, in case you didn’t know, is the location of the biblical “Garden of Eden!” And farro fed the Roman legions on their marches too.

As new varieties of wheat were created through hybridization, farro somehow lost its favorite status.Today, however, farro is one of several ancient whole grains that we are bringing back. Yeah!

What are Healthy Fats / What Fats are Healthy? (Part 1 of 3)

I recently had the opportunity to cook for a small group of relatives. Like you, I’ve got all kinds of relatives. This night, some were strictly avoiding meat, dairy, and refined carbs; others, not so much. So I tried to make everyone happy with a sort of a hash – carrots, red bell pepper, chick peas, onions and garlic, fresh parsley and thyme, all browned and softened in a cast-iron skillet with plenty of olive oil.

As I brought it to the table, I could not imagine a possible objection. 

“Wait – you cooked that in olive oil?” asked one young man, incredulously. “Didn’t you know it’s unhealthy? It’s okay to eat, but not to cook with.”

“Actually,” said his girlfriend, “all oil is bad for you. It doesn’t matter if you cook in it. Even nuts are unhealthy, because they contain oil. I read this in a book.” 

And that is when my head exploded.