This lovely summery salad comes from our last Mamas and Papa Fair Trade evening via Mel, who, along with Mandy, boosts our Kiwi numbers by 200%...!

Pantry Must Haves
1 cup wild rice blend
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries (or cherries)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or almonds)
1/4 cup spring onions/scallions
juice from one orange
2Tbspns olive oil
1 tspn orange zest
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook rice according to packet instructions.
When done, uncover and stir with a fork and let cool til almost room temperature.

Use a microplane grater and zest the orange.
Squeeze the juice from the orange into small bowl.
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir well.
Serve warm, room temperature or chilled.

The Mamas (minus the Papa) at last week's Fair Trade was full of scrumptious surprises, including a whole pie for each of us from our pal and Mama to  a newborn, Jen.  She's got three little ones at home, so you know this is a manageable dessert that even a busy Mama can pull off.

Pantry Must Haves:
8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 cups blueberries
1 large or 6 small graham cracker pie crusts
Beat with hand mixer- cream cheese, sour cream and maple syrup. Spread evenly in crust. Arrange blueberries on the filling, pressing lightly so they set in. (optional- drizzle 2 tablespoons of maple syrup over the blueberries). Chill for at least 1 to 2 hours before serving.
T'is the season for outdoor cooking!  For us that means grilling and oddly enough FRYING!  Joe loves Granny's onion rings, but Granny doesn't like to stink up the whole house and make it smell greasy.  Luckily Bapa has a grill with a side burner.  So for Joe's birthday we had grilled steak with a side of Granny's onion rings.


Everything you'll need:

1-2 onions sliced into thick rings
flour, club soda, salt & pepper
A deep pan & 2-3" cooking oil
A tray covered in paper towels for draining & cooling the onion rings
(glass of vodka (pictured) 
is optional)

MIx 1-2 cups of flour with a generous dose of salt and pepper, then add club soda and whisk in a little at a time until you have a good consistency and not too many lumps in the batter.  

Heat the oil.  It's ready to go when you hit it with a drop of water and it sizzles.  Coat onions in batter and put in the oil, turn once to brown both sides, then remove to rack for draining.

Enjoy! XOXO Martha via Granny's Recipe