Elegant, Easy, Refreshing
Puree your favorite fruit and boil it on top of the stove with some wine and a bit of sugar as needed -not all fruit was born equally sweet. Put it in the freezer and scrape it with a fork every hour or so until it’s frozen. It’s perfectly refreshing, especially after a heavy meal, and goes nice with a chocolate dessert. Don't get me wrong, I am a lover of baked sweets of any sort from the finest fare to good old bread pudding –with vanilla sauce and a generous helping of whipped cream, but a boozy fruit granita tops off your meal with class (and a bit of a buzz).
What you need:
2 c quinoa
1/3 c pecans
1/3 c dried cranberries, raisins or currants
4 scallions or 10 chives
1/3 c fresh mint or parsley
2 T olive oil
2 T orange juice or vinegar
1 zest of orange, lemon or lime
1/2 t salt
What you do:
Cook quinoa as if it were rice.
Rinse, peel and cube squash (or buy it pre-cubed).
Steam squash for 10-20 min.
Slice the scallions.
Chop the mint.
Once quinoa cools, add all ingredients.
Can be made a day or two in advance.