I have a simply delicious side veggie to share as well as my responses on being tagged for the 10 Question Quiz from Mandy at The Complete Cookbook! (following the recipe)
Along with citrus being the fruit in season right now, broccoli and cauliflower are the seasonal vegetable during the winter months. This very simple side dish bursts with unexpected flavor from the pine nuts, orange zest and golden raisins. The raisins add a gentle sweetness that blends so well with the orange zest and pine nuts. I’ve used this trio mixed into orzo as well and as a topping for grilled or roasted fish or chicken. Not only do these flavors enhance the dish, they also add a colorful presentation!
Broccoli and Cauliflower with Orange Zest, Pine Nuts and Golden Raisins
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets, stems trimmed
1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 oz pancetta
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2-3 cloves garlic, mined
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
½ cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons pine nuts
Zest from one large organic orange
Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to boil. Add in the broccoli and cauliflower and bring to boil, reduce to simmer and continue to simmer for about 5-8 minutes. Drain and set aside on baking sheet. (Can be made several hours ahead or day before).
Heat a large skillet with olive oil, sauté the pancetta until crisp. Remove and set aside. Add in the broccoli and cauliflower, salt and pepper to taste and sauté until lightly browned and heated well. Remove to serving bowl and add the raisins, garlic, pine nuts, orange zest and rosemary to the skillet. If necessary, add additional oil. Sauté lightly to toast the pine nuts and marry the flavors. Return the broccoli, cauliflower and pancetta to the skillet to mix together or simply pour over the veggies and toss lightly. Serve at once or room temperature. Makes about 6-8 servings.
Now, for my responses…
10 Questions – My Answers
1. Describe yourself in seven words.
Mother, first and foremost, Friend to many, new and old, Passionate in all I do and feel, Caring to others, Perfectionist at heart but Realistic in knowing that striving to be my best is better than achieving perfectionism, Cheery and happy throughout my day and hopelessly Romantic dreaming for that special one to share my life with.
2. What keeps you up at night?
Not much as I live by the words of Scarlett O’Hara…”I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”
3. Who would you like to be?
I’m very happy being who I am!
4. What are you wearing now?
A pair of jeans and a tank top.
5. What scares you?
I can only think to answer of the safety of my children; no matter how old they are I will be concerned for their safety as they journey on in their life.
6. What is the best and worst things of blogging?
I’d have to agree with Mandy’s answers on both accounts as the best thing about blogging is the wonderful virtual friends I have met and come to know through their comments and support.
The worst thing about blogging would have to be the amount of time it takes to keep consistent and in touch with everybody on a daily basis.
7. What was the last website you looked at?
Amazon. I’m constantly filling my wish list and cart with cookbooks I desire!
8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I will refer to my New Year’s resolution to strive for Divine Thoughts throughout my day! It’s not that I’m naughty but caddy thoughts are just not right!
9. Slankets, yes or no?
No….really had no idea what it was!!
10. Tell us something about the person who tagged you.
Not sure how we found one another, thru her stopping by first or my finding her, but regardless of the way we “met”, I’m glad to share our virtual friendship! Mandy not only posts some wonderful recipes but her blog contains so much other useful information. If you search around you can find a wealth of information on conversions, cooking times, tips and how tos…even table setting ideas! She’s definitely the “complete cookbook”!
Who are you going to tag to join the quiz? (hopefully I’ve not tagged someone already tagged!)
- Mary – One Perfect Bite
- Amy – Savory Moments
- Phyllis – Food Flowers Herbs and Life
- Juliana – Simple Recipes
- Junia – Miss Pensamientos
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