Entertaining neighbors is always a good idea. Here’s a shout out to the ladies who came to the tea today and to those not anywhere near us who thought the menu sounded tasty. So glad everyone liked the food. As promised, here are the recipes for the crowd’s favorites:

Scarlet Quinoa

From Bite This on G Living (above photo is from this lovely site)



I copied this out of a men’s magazine in the 90s and have enjoyed it ever since.

3-4 C. cilantro, firmly packed, stems removed

4-6 garlic cloves

½ C pine nuts, toasted

½ C olive oil

1-2 limes

salt to taste

Squeeze lime juice into food processor. Add remaining ingredients and blend.


Adapted from Jack Bishop’s Italian Vegetarian Cookbook

2 ½ C ricotta cheese

½ C parmesan cheese

¼- ½ C fresh basil leaves, chopped

1 clove of garlic

2 eggs, beaten

salt & pepper

1-2 tomatoes or 1 red pepper

Combine all the ingredients, except the tomato/red pepper. Scoop mixture into a partially baked pie crust (store bought if you have limited time, but homemade always tastes better, especially if you go for a wheat crust). Slice tomatoes or red peppers and decorate top of tart. Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes or until it puffs slightly and the top is set. Cool and then serve warm or at room temperature.


About ericajgreen

Writer/Editor living in Reykjavik, Iceland
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