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  1. Wheat Berry Salad with Sage     
    serves 6

    Here is a recipe for a lovely grain salad that combines flavors of almonds and apricots with honey, lime and sage. Its medieval charm goes perfectly with festive dinners. It travels well – surprise your friends and family by bringing it along. You can easily make it the day before – it keeps well in the refrigerator and tastes even better the following day, when the dried apricots have fully absorbed the dressing.
     
    Salad:
    4 cups (1 l) water
    1 cup (240 ml) wheat or spelt berries, soaked overnight in 3 cups water, drained
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon salt
    ½ cup (120 ml) almonds, soaked overnight in 1 cup water, drained
    2 carrots, peeled, quartered lengthwise then sliced thin crosswise
    ½ cup (120 ml) dried apricots, cut into small cubes
    5 fresh sage leaves, cut crosswise into very thin strips
     
    Dressing:
    juice of 1 to 2 limes
    2 teaspoons honey
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    pepper
     
    1 Bring the water to a boil. Add the soaked wheat berries, oil and salt. Bring to a second boil, then reduce the heat to its lowest setting and simmer, covered, for 30 to 45 minutes. Cook only until the wheat berries are soft – remove from the heat before the berries open and lose their shape. Pour them into a sieve and rinse under cold water until cool. Place the sieve over a bowl to drain.
     
    2 Submerge the soaked almonds in boiling water for 5 minutes. Then douse them in cold water. Remove the skins and break them into their halves.
     
    3 Steam the carrots until tender. Rinse them in cold water and drain.
     
    4 Transfer the cooked wheat berries and carrots and the blanched almonds into a large bowl and stir in the apricots and sage.
     
    5 Combine the dressing ingredients in glass jar. There should be about three times as much lime juice as oil. Close the lid and shake to mix.
     
    6 Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Let the salad marinate for at least 1 hour.
     
    7 Just before serving, toss again and adjust lime juice and seasoning if necessary.
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