Many people like the idea of cooking with whole grains — They are so healthful! — but refrain from actually plunging in because so many of them are unfamiliar. What is the ratio of liquid to grain? Don’t you need to rinse them, soak them or toast them first? How long do you cook them? Don’t they take forever to cook?
When Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish new year — rolls around, sugar, and specifically honey, often is on the menu. It’s a kind of edible prayer, a hopeful way of attracting sweet things to one’s life in the year to come. That’s why this salad is based on a sweet vegetable — the carrot — and flavored with honey and dates. But you don’t have to celebrate Rosh Hashanah to love this recipe. Refreshing and simple to prepare, it’s a great and healthy end-of-summer treat. Technique-wise, I borrowed a trick I learned for beets: I grate them.