This morning I heard the name of a food which peaked my curiosity. It was farik or freekeh. At first I was thinking freak from the hippy days. Then I was thinking of clay freak. (What else would a clay freak like me think). Then I heard the spelling and realized it was something else. I'm still learning something new every day.
What is farik, freekeh, or frikeh? Have you heard of it? Have you eaten it. The grain is an Arab or Middle Eastern dish, can be eaten as a cereal or a side dish, and was mentioned as early as the 13th century in cooking from Baghdad. The farik is harvested when the seeds are soft and not quite ripe. The seeds are piled up and sun dried. Then a fire is built around the perimeter. Since the seeds contain a lot of moisture they don't catch fire. The straw or chaff is burned while the farik is thrashed or turned and thus takes on it's characteristic smokey flavor.
Two months ago we finally sold our house and now we're living in our RV full time and are searching for a new place to live and set up a studio. Last week I ran out of clay and yesterday I took the last of my greenware to be fired. Last night I was wondering what will I do now? I read another book and did some more sketches in my journal but was still having a hard time falling asleep.
This morning I took Gary to work at 5 am, came back to our RV, turned on my computer and the TV. We get a few local television channels free via our RV antenna. This morning a woman was telling Dr. Oz about the type of foods she ate while loosing weight. Farik was one of the foods she mentioned. Apparently farik is not only tasty, but nutritionally good too. Compared to rice or pasta, farik has more calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc.
Over the past several years my life was rather stressful and, hey, stress causes weight gain. With the new year upon me I've decided to start on a second journey. Besides looking for a new home, I plan to improve my nutrition and loose some weight. I already have good nutrition, but there is always room for improvement in anything.
The TV show this morning also said Smaller plates encourage eating smaller portions. Not only that, but a study showed using smaller serving utensils also encourages eating smaller portions. Many dinner or supper plates are 12 inches which encourages placing larger portions on the plate to fill the plate. Using an 8 or 9 inch plate encourages placing smaller portions to fill the plate. Since I make ceramics, I plan to look at my functional ceramics and make a conscious effort to reduce their size to encourage smaller portions.
My local health food store said they never heard of farik or freekeh. I'll check at Trader Joe's the end of the week where I'm told freekeh is carried. Please come back to hear more about my journey in clay, search for a new home, and more about recipes hopefully using farik and other nutritional foods. Comments and suggestions are welcome.