Today I could swear it is spring. Even though the mercury stubbornly refuses to move from the bottom of the thermometer the sun is setting a little later now. Actually, the days have been getting longer since the winter solstice but now you can actually notice it. And boy does that sunshine feel good! Somewhere, deep in your bones, you know that winter won’t last forever…the trick now is knowing when it’ll end.
People have been getting squirrely about the long winter in February for ages. There are lots of celebrations in February and many of them center around the end of winter and the increasing daylight. The ancient Celts celebrated this time of year because this is when lambing begins. The beginning of February was also celebrated also as a time of renewed light and creative inspiration at Imbolc and Candlemas. Even Americans have groundhog day, where if a feisty rodent named Punxsutawney Phil is startled by his shadow, six more weeks of winter are in store.
Yes soon winter will end and in honor of the coming spring I think I’ll eat some salad!
A light, salty, lemony spring salad. Tastes like sunshine!
(For best results cover 1 c. of quinoa with fresh water and soak overnight.)
Rinse soaked quinoa with fresh water. Pour into pot with 2c. stock or fresh water and bring to the boil (a little less water if you soaked the quinoa). Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat when the water has all been absorbed and let cool with the lid on.
Peel and seed 1/2 of a cucumber. Cut into small pieces, place into a bowl and sprinkle with salt to draw out bitterness.
Chop 1/4 red onion finely and place in bowl with cucumber and salt.
Chop up one red pepper and set aside.
Chop up 1/2 a bunch of washed parsley and set aside.
Cut up one avocado and set in a clean bowl. Juice a lemon and pour the juice over the avocado. Sprinkle with salt to taste and add 1 Tbsp dried oregano. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp oil.
Rinse the salt from the cucumber and red onion and drain. Then mix everything together.
This salad is great fresh but even better after a day in the refrigerator.