Farro di cocco and mozzarella salad


Show me something in the supermarket I’ve not seen or heard of before and I’m a sucker to try it.

Farro di cocco would appear to be an Italian spelt grain that I spotted in Waitrose’s dried nuts/seeds/grains/fruit section.

To be honest this dish turned out somewhat different to anticipated; I wasn’t sure how to gauge how much this stuff would puff up when cooked. Pack instructions were to cook 50g out of a 250g pack although this unhelpfully omitted how many people this would serve.

Actually it doesn’t swell when cooked very much at all. So I found myself padding this salad out with cannellini beans and all kinds.

This was one of those meals where Ted was super interested in helping make the dinner but actually was very picky when it appeared on his plate. I guess many kids you’d know you’d not got a cat in hell’s chance of them eating it but he kept insisting he wanted to eat it.

In practice favourite bits (mozzarella, tomato, olives) were carefully selected and the rest rejected!

Oh well, we tried. Maybe if I have a go again I’ll make more of the farro di cocco and serve it more like rice or cous cous.

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Ingredients added to the 50g farro di cocco here were:

1 can of cannellini beans
10 black olives
1 ball of mozzarella chopped into chunks
1 large chopped tomato
1 tbsp flaked almonds
a few leaves of basil

…in a dressing of roast pepper sacla, olive oil and white wine vinegar.

I fear it was a dinner too geeky for my little boy today!!

Have you tried farro di cocco?


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