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Month: April, 2012

Pupusas and Popcorn and Tulips, OH MY!

by kerryabdow

Aaaah.  Finally.  It’s Boulder Farmers Market day!  Hurray!  We planned on going two weeks ago, and then last weekend, but life kept getting in the way, so… today was the day!  Got up early and walked the dogs first…

… and then hopped in the car and started our journey!  The drive from our house to Boulder is pretty quick, and the scenery ain’t so bad…

The weather was PERFECT – sunny, breezy and 59 degrees.  Felt like October!

We got to the market around 10, when it was pretty quiet.

Friend, Husband and I were starved, so we headed straight to the food area… must have happy bellies to be able to properly focus, right?!

I decided on a breakfast pupusa – a handmade corn tortilla stuffed with mushrooms, leeks, and some yummy, melty white cheese.  It was topped with a fried egg and came with a flavorful black bean-cabbage slaw.  It was really good!

But the winner dish of the morning was a gluten-free crepe Friend ordered from a place called Savory Saigon.  Look at the cute girl who cooked it up!  So nice!

Made to order, of course…

… it was filled with egg, cheese and spinach.  Five yums!  And gluten-free.  Hello.

We sat in a little eating area and were serenaded with harp music by That Harp Guy!  How cool is that?!

Check out his website!

After our feed-the-pie-hole break, we were ready to check out the offerings.  The first place we went was called Far Out Garden.  Of course.  *Boulder.  They had a lovely display of organic produce and herbs…

… including the most amazing wild arugula that was SO so so peppery.  We snatched up a couple of bags for $4 each.  Pppppppffffffffffftttttttttttttttt.  Cheap!  More on the arugula later…

We wandered around some more, enjoying the day, chatting with the vendors, and buying gorgeous tomatoes, green garlic, cucumbers, and other treasures.

We came across many cute dogs and kids, including this sweetie who was REALLY loving his yogurt!

And we found this amazing popcorn called Ryder’s Red…  WOW.  Love.

Post-pop we made our way out of the market and on to Starbucks for some iced teas, and ended up hanging out on the mall for a bit…

If you’ve never been to the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder… well, it’s a bit of a freak show.  I love it!  Apparently today is the Tulip Festival in Boulder, and there was some sort of fairy parade at 3 p.m..  This explains why there were a plethora of bubble-blowing costumed characters allllllll over the mall…

And the tulips everywhere were SOOOOOOO beautiful!!

After a little shopping and a lot of people watching, we were ready to head back to Chez Welsh.  We unpacked our treasures…

… and Friend made a salad with the wild arugula, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, a little sea salt and cracked pepper, and shredded parmesan cheese.  Perfect simple summer salad!

And now it’s time to relax and enjoy the rest of this gorgeous evening.  Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend as well!  Until next time…

Cheers, Dears!

Whatcha Mean? Sprouted Bean?

by kerryabdow

My name is Kathy and I went to Costco yesterday.

I did.  My sweet papa came down from Fort Collins and we went to breakfast and then did a little shopping.  I don’t shop at Costco often, and I never buy a lot…  I’ll stock up on things like – rice milk for Husband, 505 Green Chile (yeeeeehaw!), bubbly water, paper products… stuff like that.  But yesterday I found something intriguing!  Dehydrated sprouted beans!

Huh???  Why would you dry sprouted beans?  Doesn’t that negate all the nutritional benefit?  I HAD to check it out!  And… after googling until my fingers were numb, I still don’t know!!  Does anyone out there have an answer?  Please advise!

Regardless… even though I don’t have the nutritional answer, I know beans are both yummy and good for us, so let’s eat!  I needed another quick and delicious meal last night, and I decided to make burritos with my fun new beans.  *See what happens when you live in Colorado?!  Burritos and tacos and enchiladas, oh my!  We LOVE it all!*

I went to Whole Foods to get veggies and my favorite Rudi’s sprouted spelt tortillas.  I’ve talked about them before, but I will just tell you again that they are amazing!  I love the taste and the texture!

I cooked up the bean trio – adzuki, mung and lentils – in a bath of one cup water and two cups veggie broth.  The package says to cook them for 15 minutes, but I went about 20.  They were still a little crunchy, but very, very delicious!  For some additional texture, I busted out a can of organic black beans.  Can only make it all more yum, right?  I decided to add fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, and steamed zucchini…

… and I used my favorite Daiya pepperjack shreds.  Of course!

With everything prepped, it was time to assemble.  First comes love, then comes marriage… Oh, wait… I mean… First comes tortilla, then comes Daiya… warmed up in a non-stick skillet…

… then come the sprouted beans, and then come the black beans…

… and then comes the green chile…

… and then comes the baby in the baby carriage!  *aka “fixin’s*

You can decide how much to stuff in your spelt tortilla, and make it either a jumbo taco or a burrito.  It’s a win-win, right?  Right!  I love choices.  🙂

Well, it’s time for me to make like a burrito and wrap it up, people!  See you next time!  Hope you’re having a fantabulous day!

Cheers, Dears!