Monday, November 28, 2011

Tomato Barley and Capers

I am way behind on this post, but I wanted to get it up later than never. <-- That sounds wrong.

I received some jars of Newman's Own pasta sauce to try out from Foodbuzz and was supposed to create a 30-minute recipe featuring it.

You can tell I'm a novice cook, because anyone can figure out that barley takes longer than 30 minutes to cook.  Gah!

Once this cup of pearled barley and 1 cup of Newman's Own pasta sauce (Roasted Garlic flavor) cooked -- about 40 min -- I stirred in about 2 tablespoons of capers (with a splash of the juice).  It made for a quick meal, and the capers made this side dish a little more sophisticated.

The texture of this barley was chewy, much like the version they served at the Foodbuzz festival.

I was also supposed to record a video on making this, but somehow I popped it out of the box thinking that I could just press Record and go.  Hah, no such luck.  I had no batteries, which weren't included.

My regular camera was a substitute, but after many, many out-takes, I decided to call the multimedia quits.

Speaking of quits, I also made this quinoa and pumpkin mixture that night, which was spiced with cumin and such to make it a burrito filling.  It was okay, but not thrilling enough to elaborate upon.  In addition to not having anymore wraps (fail!), this kind of sparked an upsetting conflict between "The Ukrainian" and I.  We're usually pretty easy-going, so this was kind of a big deal, even though it wasn't.  Full disclosure here!  Ugh.

That quinoa sitting in the freezer now, so I hope it resurfaces before I have to throw it away.

Didn't I say I was a novice cook?'

FTC Disclaimer: I received the Newman's Own product to try out from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program but was not compensated to provide a positive review.


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  2. What the crap. I signed up for taste makers like a month ago. still no confirmation!
    I wanna make food and get cameras.
    I don't know about the barley because I have never cooked with it. But it looks very tasty!