Vintage Monday - Rice Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing

10.22.2012


Any way I look back at these last few weeks, they will be a turning point in my life.
I´ve been working a lot, wrapping up a business and moving on to other things. I realized it´s as hard and exhausting to open up a place as it is to sell and close it. My days of being a Cafe owner are over, for now at least. I´m very happy with my decision. There´s an almost romantic idea about entering the food business, especially a cafe/pastry shop, that more times than not is far from the real thing. But I don´t want to dwell on that part. I´m moving on, with another layer of experience and a whole lot of things to look forward to. 
I spent three years in it and now it´s time to focus on my textile business that I never stopped doing simultaneously with the cafe, and some freelance food gigs that I´m very excited about. And I will keep on telling everyone this blog is a job too so I can dedicate a lot of time to it without sounding food obsessed. Which I am and happy about it, but really, if you´re reading this you`re the only ones who understand what I mean.

Even now that I have more time, I wonder how on earth are people able to put these `street installations´ together. Unless they get paid of course.


Over these last couple of months I found myself without much time to dedicate to my blogging friends. I cherish my bond with them and no comment or visit to their blogs is an automatic action. So when time is short, reading posts in full and getting into the story or recipe is not easy. I hope I will start to have more time again. I´m sure I will.

One post I had overlooked was about Italy, a country I adore. Marissa, my wonderful and amazing friend who writes Pinch and Swirl, has embarked herself in a food adventure with a fellow italian blogger. The ragu she posted is unbeatable. I made it this week and will become my perfect, go-to recipe from now on. She also has a blog where she tells the story of her 65 days in Italy.


Another side of closing a food shop is the amount of edible stuff that remains. Some you perfectly calculate, some you don´t care because you will use them anyway like bottled water or butter that can be frozen, and then the stuff that you will use but have no real place to store in the meantime. I mean, twenty lemons I´m fine with, but there´s no more space in my fridge to keep them well until I make a wonderful cake or a dozen of them really. Add to that a lot of ginger, 4 pounds of sour cream, cream cheese, spinach, grapefruits, brie cheese, ham... talk about being a food hoarder.
So I´ll just pretend I received my weekly CSA, which I kind of understand what it is but don´t know really how it works, what I do know is that it involves a huge amount of surprise vegetables and fruit which nobody knows really what to do with and start frantically looking for recipes to use them. Today´s recipe used the spinach, cherry tomatoes and bacon. I will eat it again tonight, because leftovers from the leftovers is a sad, sad situation.

This month is dedicated to breast cancer awareness. Check out Liz´s blog and yesterday´s Sunday Supper. There´s no such thing as too much awareness on such a subject. 

To end this long post with a few good finds, try this frittata sometime and this arroz rojo (red rice). Me? I want to try a tres leches cake, a savory tarte tatin and thisice cream, even if it´s just to stare at the color.


Is this bear story for real? Or this one?


BROWN RICE SPINACH SALAD WITH BACON DRESSING
barely adapted from Betty Crocker´s Cookbook, 1969 edition

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

2 cups cooked brown rice (or any kind of rice you like)
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped
2 Tbs sliced almonds, toasted
½ cup cherry tomatoes

¼ cup chopped pancetta or bacon
¼ cup canola oil
1 Tbs sherry vinegar
1 Tbs soy sauce
½ teaspoon sugar
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste

Directions

Mix together brown rice and spinach. Divide evenly between two serving bowls.
In a small skillet, over low heat, cook bacon until it is lightly browned. Remove from heat and add oil, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and pepper to taste to the same skillet. Add salt if needed.
Divide cherry tomatoes and almonds between bowls. Dress each one with half of the bacon dressing.






9 comments:

  1. I wish you big success with your textile business and I'm glad you will have the time to enjoy the posts and friendships within the blogging community. It is amazing how connected we get to each other through the blogs and in groups/forums. Have fun cooking with all that extra food. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make.

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  2. I am so happy for you and your business my friend, it sounds like it will go all the way which is fantastic :)
    Beautiful dish today too!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. Bacon Dressing .. on anything ... yum!

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  4. I still haven't tried my brown rice that I have bought, I heard it's really healthy.

    I don't know.. i can imagine how tough is to have own business, but I think I still idealistically am dreaming sometimes about my own cafe/pastry shop :)

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  5. Thanks for the sweet mention, my friend!!! Your rice salad looks fantastic...just perfect for my lunch! And good luck in this new chapter (and with using up all your leftovers...I have a feeling you'll be cooking up a storm and sharing lots of deliciousness with us all).

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  6. Wow, it sounds like it has been a busy time for you. Best of luck to you. The salad sounds delicious.

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  7. Great looking rice salad...perfect for dinner;-) Best of luck on your next adventure-I'm looking forward to your upcoming recipe creations;-)

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  8. You had me at bacon dressing. It sounds delicious!

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  9. that salad looks so fresh and light and delicious!
    it sounds like you dont need to buy certain ingredients for months! what a great challenge, to get thru it all :-) good luck, with everything.

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