Red millet salad in a glass jar – MittwochsBox #21

Another creative re-use idea for the kitchen

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As I wrote in one of my former posts, I’ve got an ever-growing pile of glass jars at home. Instead of putting them in the recycling bin, I usually try to re-use them at home first. So I started using glass jars for many different purposes, as vases, food and drink containers, flower pots and so on.

Today’s project turns them into pretty kitchen equipment. Instead of serving my salad on a boring plate or bowl, I’ll serve them in old jars – With that simple trick the entire meal looks more sophisticated straight away. It’s also a great alternative to buying new dishes for bigger occasions like dinner parties. (I’ve never had matching porcelain for example and just to make it look nice for one night, I would never buy a whole bunch of new things) So just serve your meals in old glass jars and it will instantly make you look like a gourmet chef 🙂

What you can fill them with? Here’s an idea: Turkish red millet salat. Why red? It’s a project inspired by Leckerbox’s ”MittwochsBox #21′‘ (I participated in it last week as well. Look here, this is the original post.) and this week’s topic is ”red”. Millet salad one of my favourite summer meals, it’s so simple and easy and it’s a great addition to every picnic or barbecue. And did I mention that it’s vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free and free of nuts and soy? So you can basically serve it to everyone. This is what I used in my salad (4-6 servings):

1 cup of millet
2 cups of water
4 spring onions, chopped in rings
1 big clove of garlic, chopped finely
a big handful of fresh parsley, chopped finely
1 TS of tomato puree
1 TS of Turkish pepper paste (alternatively 1 tsp of harissa paste)
2 TS of olive oil
1 squeezed lemon
1 tsp of pul biber (Turkish paprika spice, alternatively normal paprika)
a handful of fresh spinach salad, chopped in stripes
1 (mild) red pepper
1-2 tsp sea salt
a bit of freshly ground pepper
2 TS of sesame

The preparation couldn’t be easier: Just put 1 cup of millet and two cups of lightly salted water in a pot, bring it to the boil and boil it for about 5 minutes. Then turn off the heat and let it sit for another ten minutes. In the meantime you can roast the sesame in a pan for a minute and cut the rest of the veggies. After that mix all your ingredients. (Mix them well and try to cover everything with the tomato paste – a spoon helps with that.)

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