Monday, November 10, 2008

I Love Squirrels

Alrighty. Yesterday after I was at the gym, I walked out into the parking lot and practically fainted. There was a squirrel the size of a freakin housecat. I kid you not. It was one of the funniest things I'd ever seen. I took a picture of it, but I forgot to save it!!! I was so upset. Unfortunately, the picture I posted isn't mine, but I found it online. That's really what he looked like though. I wanted to squirrelnap him and take him home with me, but my parents would've shot me... and him haha I'm sure you guys appreciate it. haha I just love squirrels. They've been my favorite animal for a while now (used to be wolves). Someday when I live alone, I'm gonna have my own damn squirrel farm. How fun would that be? (Yes, I realize I'm insane).

As far as food goes, I've been cooking so much lately. I can hardly eat everything I make haha That's a complete lie. Nothing ever goes to waste as long as I'm around. My recipe for today is from Food and Wine magazine. I usually hate that magazine because I could care less about wine. Yeah, I mean, it tastes good and all, but I'd rather read a magazine about building shelves. The recipe is called Lemony Quinoa Salad with Pine Nuts and Olives. I absolutely loved it. I made 2 servings and ate the whole thing. I just couldn't help it. It was really good and the olives just made it come to life. I had to change the recipe a little bit to accomodate myself, but other than that, Food and Wine magazine did a bangin job!!

Here's the recipe:

Lemony Quinoa Salad with Pine Nuts and Olives
1 cup water
1/2 cup red quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 Tbsp pine nuts
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp green olives, chopped

Directions: In a medium size pot, boil the water. Add quinoa, cover, and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, or until al dente. Turn heat off, and allow quinoa to sit with lid on for a few minutes. Transfer to a bowl. In a skillet, toast the pine nuts over medium heat until golden. Add them to the quinoa along with the basil, lemon juice, and olives.



20 comments:

seitanismymotor said...

I love squrrels too. When I lived in leipzig we used to go to a part for sqirrelwatching. Those guys are really cute!
And guess what. I just cooked some quinoa and I have Olives. Your salad sounds divine.

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

Holy Crap that squirrel is huge!! I bet he's warm in winter :o)

wholefoodswholeme said...

woah that salad looks amazing! and i love squirrels, but we only have the grey ones here usually and they are supposed to be pests....

Kelly said...

Cute post. If I saw a squirrel that big I probably would have taken a picture too. That salad looks delicious.

flower said...

I actually laughed out loud when I saw that picture that squirrel is HUGE!!

Conquerbysmiling said...

Aww I love squirrels too! When I drive in the states I freak out because I am so scared that I am going to hit them, lol. And that must ahve been a very very very LARGE squirrel!!!

River said...

You are not insane! Squirrels are some of the most adorable animals, I don't blame you for wanting to squirrelnap that little (or big) guy!
Awesome looking quinoa salad!

Jeni Treehugger said...

Oh Mr Squirrel is just adorable!
I want to squeeze him and love him.
And that Salad is just AWESOME Jo! It's making me want it - and I've just eaten!

Theresa said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Squirrels are one of the few things that I miss about the US. When I went to uni in upstate NY, our campus squirrels were seriously well fed. I saw them eating bagels, pizza, cookies, and one time I saw a squirrel eating an ice cream cone. Someone ate most of the ice cream from the top and threw the cone into the bin (still with ice cream in it, though) and this little squirrel was holding it in his little squirrel hands and eating the ice cream. Crazy!

jessica said...

Wow. That squirrel! I thought we had big ones, but whoa. You win ;)

bellaeats said...

yummy quinoa salad!

ps...I tagged ya! :)

Lauren said...

haha that is a huge squirrel! they're kinda interesting looking anyways haha. :)
your quinoa salad looks awesome! i lovvve quinoa.

megan said...

haha, that squirrel is hilarious! my sister has a flying squirrel...haha.

that quinoa looks SO good!!

Eric said...

Oh that looks delicious! And the squirrel.....what a fat little guy.....getting ready for winter :)

Joie de vivre said...

I think I would have screamed had I seen that squirrel. Good thing it was you and not me. Your salad looks lovely.

Jenn said...

I love the squirrels! The food looks great, too. :-)

Natalie... said...

Aw squirrels!! So cute hehe.
Your salad looks yummy too :)

Bethany said...

I love squirrels. In college, there was one that knew me on sight. I named him BB Nutkin because Squirrel Nutkin is one of my favorite books. I would carry around peanuts for him. Once he started nibbling on my baby toe because he thought it was a peanut. No broken skin, just a light nibbling.

The current squirrels near my house are rarely seen tree squirrels that are constantly making shrill noises, which makes my dog bark. I still like them. I need to get a picture so I can figure which of the 2 possible kinds they are.

I really wish I could see a flying squirrel - they have them in WA state.

Natashya said...

I have been really enjoying quinoa lately too. Now I am wondering - why am I only discovering this now?

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