Happiness is…..

… a great start to the day with Mexican hot chocolate…
Mexican Hot Chocolate

… a pleasant day doing nothing in particular….  then:

…. a chilled glass of Lillet with segments of fresh naval orange and lime…

Lillet on the Rocks with Lime and Fresh Orange

… the scent of cumin and cinannom in the air while the Moroccan chicken quinoa cooks…  then eating it…

Chicken Quinoa with Dried Fruit


2 lemons, zested and juiced to make ~1/4 – 1/3 c
4 T olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 small head of green garlic, minced
1-1/2 t ground cumin (or more to taste)
3/4 t ground cinnamon
2 c shredded roast chicken
1 c mixed dried fruits (I used raisins primarily and dried blueberries, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes)
2 large King trumpet mushrooms, diced (~1 c)
Baby carrots, sliced into chunks (~1 c)
3 c chicken broth
1 1/2 c quinoa, rinsed
1/4 c minced fresh chives
1/2 c whole almonds, toasted & chopped
(Salt, to taste)


Heat a large saucepan over medium high heat and add olive oil. then add the onion, green garlic, mushrooms and carrots and sauté until softened, about 10 minutes. Add cumin and cinnamon, and then add chicken, lemon zest and juice, dried fruits and stock, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in the quinoa, re-cover the pan and simmer on low covered for 10-15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the chives and nuts and blend well. Add a touch more lemon juice to brighten the flavors.

Serves 4.

(Inspired by a recipe from William Sonoma)

Truly a happy happy day!!!


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