Did you know there’s a magical world of grains? Did you? Because I didn’t until about three years ago when I started to love cooking.
Cooking was not something I particularly liked to do before then. I mostly got through college and grad school through the strategic use of Taco Bells and large pots of Sunday-made Japanese curry.
But, then I got married to Atticus and suddenly I became very interested in every single way I could give something nice to him. And, through cooking, I figured out how to make really tasty, really healthy, really fantastically interesting food. Plus, I was shocked at how much fun it was!
I also discovered that the world has so many kinds of real food! And when I say “real food” I mean food that came directly from the ground. Before 2008, I knew that wheat could make bleached flour and rice was white. If I was feeling really fancy, I could tell you that multigrain bread had multiple kinds of mysterious… well…grain.
Since then, I’ve discovered many more magical grains–
1. Basmati rice: the only true Indian food rice.
2. Cous cous: what the “easiest thing in the world to make”?
3. Quinoa: someday I will grow it in my garden–it’s the prettiest grain plant I’ve ever seen.
4. Barley: can really make a vegetable beef soup.
5. Wild Rice: not only does it taste good, it looks good too!
6. Semolina: Atticus is slowly converting me to hot cereal breakfasts through the use of semolina.
7. Pearl tapioca: Okay, okay, so it’s really just cassava starch and not a grain. But it sort of looks like a grain! And it helped make the best cherry pie I’ve had in my entire life (Thank you Atticus and your baking skills!).
Are there any other amazing grains I’m missing out on? Because, I’m sort of in love with them…