My favourite son in law "R" (he's also my only son in law) and I have this rather interesting relationship. The banter between us (zinging is probably a better word) is pretty ongoing. He loves to get to me and two of his favourite topics are usually around our well known mayor Rob Ford or how dedicated we are to posting on the blog. He probably cares very little about each topic and when I give it right back to him, he'll turn to whoever happens to be in the room and say "you see what I have to put up with".
Occasionally I'll get an email from him asking if I have any good recipes. He's always attracted to the healthier vegetarian recipes and he'll review what I send him and surprisingly will find something that interests him and he goes ahead and makes it. Pretty impressive.
Recently he went on one of his rants saying he'll be doing a guest post and make sure he puts both Psychgrad and me to shame. The rant goes something like this:
R: I haven't seen you post anything lately. What's going on???
Me: I posted not long ago.
R: I take pictures and nobody ever puts up what I make.
Me: You want me to put up something you made?
R: Well, don't you think you should be? .... you get the idea.
I recently sent him a blogpost for Quinoa Chickpea and Feta Salad and he made it. I asked him where the picture was and he actually had taken a picture and sent it to me. WOW!! So "R" here's your post. Your salad looks pretty darned amazing.
1 cup water
1 can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
1 1/2 chopped unpeeled cucumbers
1 pint cherry or baby heirloom tomatoes, halved
1 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 cup sliced baby spinach leaves
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup red wine or balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika
To taste Salt and pepper
Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, simmer until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, spinach and about half of the feta.
Gently toss in the cooled quinoa; do not overmix or stir.
Whisk vinegar, salt, honey and smoked paprika in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Drizzle over the combined salad ingredients; toss gently. Add vinaigrette; avoid overdressing. Top with feta; serve immediately.