Friday, July 30, 2010

Kamut and Orzo with Pesto

Kamut  is the trademark name for Khorasan organic wheat grain, which has ancient origins. The good news is that it has about 14%  protein content and minerals such as selenium, zinc and magnesium.  It is a high energy grain which is easily digestible. There is also an interesting legend surrounding this ancient grain.  Along with two of each species of animals, legend has it that Noah brought a supply of Khorasan wheat onto the ark.  In my opinion maybe he should have left it behind in the flood, because he really didn't do us a favour (or "flavour", as it were). Unfortunately, all the antidote in the world couldn't help this dish.  I did my best by adding my homemade pesto, crispy pancetta, and the orzo to balance the grain content.  All to no avail, unless Big Bird was my dinner guest.  The only conciliation was dessert, as we didn't even finish our main course.  You win some and you lose some.  For all you die-hard fans out there out there, I will be happy to share the recipe if you drop me a line.  After all, the taste was good; it was the texture that I had trouble with....chew,chew,chew,chew........until the sun goes down.


  1. Big Bird..ha ha ha. This post made my day, thank-you Anna, so funny. Oh well, you tried, conquered and decided. No more Kamut for you I assume. I have to say though, that pancetta looks so good and crispy.

  2. Ava, I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. There is still half of the bag up for grabs! Do you think I would get any takers after my review of the stuff? LOL