By Sheryl Borden
Information on cooking with Freekeh and making an apron from a tee-shirt will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.
Bonnie Matthews is the co-founder of Freekeh Foods, and she is going to demonstrate how Freekeh Paella is an excellent dish for any dinner party. It’s also easy to start your day with warm breakfast Freekeh, and Matthews will demonstrate some breakfast recipes as well. She’s from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Marisa Pawelko is a designer and events coordinator, and she represents Westcott Brand Cutting Tools, Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko Inks. She’s going to demonstrate how to create an apron from a tee-shirt and then show how to embellish it with various products. She’s from Winfield, IL.
Information on wallcovering designs and making rubbings will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Anne Martin is the spokesperson for The Wallcoverings Association in New York City, and she’s going to show three new design trends in wallpaper: patterns, retro looks and naturals. She has lots of samples of each design to share.
Author and artist Margaret Peot, also of New York City, will tell about the history of rubbings, and explain why people used them to record historical data. She’ll also demonstrate making a rubbing and compiling a rubbing sketchbook. Her latest book is titled “Make Your Mark.”
• 1 pack (6 links) spicy Andouille chicken sausage, diced and browned
• Extra virgin olive oil
• 1 sweet red or yellow pepper, diced
• 1 green pepper, diced
• 10 garlic cloves, diced
• 1 large onion, diced fine
• 1 large fresh tomato, diced fine
• 1 8-ounce package cracked Freekeh (Original Variety) (1 cup)
• 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, vegetable broth or water
• 1 10.5-ounce can of clam sauce
• 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
• 14-18 medium to large shrimp, shelled, deveined and rinsed
• 3/4 teaspoon saffron
• a few shakes of cayenne pepper
• salt and plenty of fresh cracked pepper to taste
• lemon wedges
Drizzle a little olive oil in a large skillet and heat up on medium. Toss in diced sausage and brown on all sides for about 5 minutes. Once cooked, remove sausage and set aside. Keeping the bits in the same skillet, add diced onions, peppers and garlic. Cook on medium heat until tender. Add a little more olive oil if it seems too dry. Toss in diced tomato and the spices and cook for about 1 more minute. Add Freekeh to skillet and stir, mixing all ingredients thoroughly. Add the sausage, clam sauce, broth and peas. Cover, reduce heat to simmer. Cook for an additional 20 minutes or until the Freekeh is tender and the liquid has been absorbed. Add the shrimp, and cook a few more minutes until pink, about 6 more minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and lemon and serve.
“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink of Albuquerque.