Recipe Thursday

My Mom and sister (who took this photo) made this recipe whilst in Paris and emailed it to me. First of all, I was jealous that they were in Paris. Second of all, as much as I like the food that I cook, I still miss food cooked by my parents. So here is the recipe, straight from my Gmail à la my sister's latest blog post.

From: mom @ emailaddress.com
Jun 19
Re: Great Recipe

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Delicious, especially if you're a fan of black beans and limes like I am. Ingredients (use vegan versions):

Soph--we tried this quinoa black bean salad (without black beans) and it was pretty terriffic--kind of like the whole foods version !!--worth the effort--make a ton at a time !

1 cup quinoa, washed & drained
2 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 2 fresh limes (or to taste)
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes (108-oz pkg), cut in half
5 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Wash & rinse quinoa. In a saucepan, bring quinoa & water to a boil. Reduce & simmer, cover & cook until all water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, cumin, and red pepper flakes.
3. Combine cooled quinoa, beans, tomatoes, & onions in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss with cilantro. Season with salt & pepper and serve.

I haven't gotten around to making this yet, but it sounds really easy (I don't know why she said it was 'worth the effort,' though I suppose it takes more effort than a bowl of cereal which has been my go-to lately) and delicious! Especially if you love quinoa like me. I don't know why she said to use vegan ingredients since she's never mentioned veganism ever before, and I can't even think of any non-vegan versions of these ingredients, but whatev. Also, now I see where I get my affinity for hyphens and exclamation points!



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Surface Tension Series

This caught my eye on the way into lab one morning -- they looked like diamonds suspended in the bushes!


Photo Monday: Cancer Camp Edition

I am back from cancer camp! Beautiful Colorado, great students, post-docs, and faculty from around the world, lots of learning, good food...it couldn't have been any better!
We managed to get some hiking in -- Aspen trees in the mountains of Snowmass.

Worked hard, played hard: 7am to 9:30pm with breaks for eating and hiking! This was one of the classrooms. Microscopes for everyone!
Went hiking at the beautiful Maroon Bells on our free day, then ventured into Aspen.
Free concert on the slopes outside our hotel!
Partying it up on the last night! Don't think scientists can't dance! It was a blast, but made for getting up at 4:15 yesterday morning quite difficult.