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Farro with Carrots & a Beer Review

Posted May 09 2011 8:40pm
     I could not sleep last night for several reasons.  First, I got sucked into watching "Cupcake Wars" on the Food Network channel while lying in bed and wanted to see who won over the judges with their sweet mini-cakes.  Second, my mind was racing with more ideas for the catering gig I have at the Wiregrass Museum of Art this Thursday.  (Sidenote:  I ended up having a nightmare that I was running late to the art exhibit and left all the food at home....lovely, ha!)  Third, Forrest was a wild sleeper last night and Salvie was curled up next to his legs at the end of the bed.  Forrest would kick around every five minutes and I would see the Pom bounce up in the air - I tried to move him closer to me but he wasn't having it.  And finally, I am peeling on my shoulders.  I'll be the first to admit that I have pasty-white skin and apparently I was in sun too long a few weekends ago - my skin itches.
     Since I was wide awake at 2:30 am this morning, I decided to make myself breakfast.  Usually I will grab an apple or a few grapes and eat in the car on my way to work - but this morning I actually sat down at the table and enjoyed a bowl of farro and carrots.  I really wanted oatmeal with blueberries but this was all I could scrounge up from the fridge and pantry.....
Soak the farro in cold water for 20 minutes and then  microwave for 6 - 7 minutes (or until tender).  Let the farro sit and absorb more water while sauteing shredded carrots in a tiny amount of water.  Once the carrots are semi-tender, mix with farro, and add cinnamon and organic honey.  This odd pairing was delicious and kept me full for hours!  Normally I'm running on fumes by 10:00 am but I actually didn't get hungry for lunch until 12:30 pm today.
     No home-cooked dinner tonight - Forrest has leftover pizza calling his name and I'll probably snack around on the fruits and veggies in our fridge (need to clear out the fridge by Thursday morning to make room for my veggie finger foods).  The beer guy just popped the top of this fizzy to enjoy with his Red Elephant Classic....
     Give a warm welcome to the Abbey Belgian Style Ale brewed by New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The pour is a light mahogany body with a fluffy off-white head and has a 7% abv.  Beer guy is smacking his mouth and licking his lips (he knows smacking annoys me, ha) and is tasting flavors of caramel, banana, citrusy orange, and raisins.  Overall it has a well-balanced flavor with a touch of bitterness in the finish.  The beer guy rating is in - 8.5 out of 10 (not too shabby!).
     It's time for the Salvie Show - he started out as a tiny two-pound bundle of joy and now weighs over eight pounds - what are we feeding this chunk?!  Anyway, we figured it was time he graduated from a harness - jacket thing to a normal "big dog" collar....
Salvie - "Hmm, that looks like a fun toy!"Forrest - "How big is your neck?" Forrest - "%*$@ I think I just got some skin!"Salvie - "Umm, this isn't fun anymore. Woofie!" He hates it the most.  Five minutes later it was in his mouth and off his neck.Salvie - 1   Forrest - 0
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