I got SO much done in the last 3 days. My to-do list is almost cleared out. The only things left are things like recipe + about me updates on the blog.
What did I do today? It would take too long to list! The main point is that I’m pretty much done and SO ready to get to Portland!! A few of you have asked about meeting up and given my place to check out while I’m in town. Unfortunately, there is going to be no time for meet-ups or sightseeing. The only sights I’ll be seeing is looking out of the Peas’ windows!!
Before I go I thought I would leave you with a recipe.
Per your lovely suggestions, I used my vita-mix to grind farro this morning. It worked amazingly!! The noise was significantly lower and it took much less time, with a better result.
The texture you are looking for is very powdery with small pieces of farro mixed throughout.
Ahhhh, finally. Farro breakfast perfection!
Studded with raisins + topped with almonds, just like the wonderful breakfast at il Cane Rosso.
The texture was much better this morning. I used a mixture of almond milk + water. It was silkier and not quite as thick.
creamy farro porridge
- 1/3c [slightly rounded] ground farro
- 3/4c unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2c water
- pinch of salt
- 1/2T butter/earth balance
- 2t sucanat/brown sugar
- Bring water, milk, and farro to a slow boil.
- Let cook over medium heat, whisking every few minutes.
- After it starts to thicken ~8-10min, whisk in salt, butter, and sucanat.
- Total cook time is about 12-15min, or until desired consistency is met. If you let it cook a little too long, just add more milk or water.
- Add mix-ins, pour in a bowl and add toppings.
I just had to add more toppings. :) Ahhh, this was delightful. The only problem is that it didn’t keep me full as long as oatmeal. I’m not sure why that is. The only thing I didn’t include in this bowl is my typical 1/2 banana. However, I added more nuts than usual, thinking the extra fat would help hold me over. I’ll have to try again when I get back from Oregon. Sometimes when I’m in go-go-go mode, nothing holds me over for more than 2hrs.
And now a lesson in being an efficient packer.
Actually, not a lesson because I am NOT an efficient packer. I don’t really over-pack, but I hate cramming things into a small suitcase and not having a few extra clothing options. For this trip, I’m not too concerned with what I’m wearing.
5 days worth of clothing + toiletries, is stuffed into this small rolling carryon bag. I’ve seen this clothes-rolling method before, as a way to save space, so I thought I would give it a try. At first I had everything stacked and then I rolled it to see the difference. Definitely helped!
The other bag I’m bringing, is this large Burton camera bag, stuffed with…
- 2 lenses
- 1 camera
- kitchen towels
- a few little bowls + plates
- mini spoons
- and somehow I need to fit my computer + charger in here too
This is a great camera bag with a million useful pockets. We use it for hiking and travel.
A present for Mama Pea because I doubt we’ll have time for the real thing.
Tomorrow, I will be THAT person with too much carry-on luggage.
This is technically a “personal item” right???
If anyone yells at me for the 2 large bags, I’m going to tell them to call Mama Pea.
BTW - Posting might be a bit sporadic while I’m away, as well as answering emails + comments. I will try my best! :)