going back.

peas

next week, it starts. the madness of back to school. i actually don’t go back to school this september. i mean, i’m registered, but i’ll be researching for most of the first semester. and working. so, it’ll still be like summer. except that i’m going to try to make some sort of schedule to stick to.* which means a regular lunch. a brown-bag lunch. plus, these are cheaper than going to the italian cafe for sandwiches and patios everyday.

i’m a big fan of making enough food for two or three days. by day three, i’m tired of it and won’t eat anymore. then i end up buying sandwiches again. which isn’t any good. as salads go, i have a few favourites.

but, i also like more wholesome feeling meals, fuller meals. and yet, simple. last night, while making a very simple dinner,** i boiled peas and rice. i like my peas cooked. i blame molly for this. we had a salad with dinner, so i saved some of the diced onion and threw it into a bowl with some lemon juice and a good amount of salt. also, a bit of honey. when the rice was done, i added chile oil*** to it. i mixed in the peas and the onions and stirred. and i put it in the fridge. the thing about this, is that you’re often enough cooking rice around dinner time anyway. and if you’re not, it’s a pretty easy thing to manage.

and there it sat, for eight hours. and here i am now, eating it. it’s just the right density for 35 degrees and sunny at the end of august. but, probably with a bit of prosciutto, it’ll take me into september.

peas and rice

2 cups peas, cooked
1 1/2 cups cooked rice (i used brown basmati, but i really want to get wild rice next time)
1/4 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
a generous amount of salt, to taste
2 tablespoons chile oil

* otherwise, the researching part will not be fruitful.
** it was too simple, so i added some wine and butter. my husband protested. it’s his fault for leaving me unattended in the kitchen, in my opinion.
***chile oil: 3/4 cup canola/vegetable oil and three roasted spicy chiles. if you want lots of heat, dice the chiles before you mix.

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