Thursday, June 11, 2009
Circus Flora. If you live in St. Louis and have not heard of, or attended this event, you need to get online and buy tickets. Now.
Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
I have heard soooo many people talking about this circus, that I finally drank the Kool-Aid this year and bought tickets for the whole family. I generally steer clear of events that require my young children to remain in any sort of seat/confined area for any long periods of time. Because there is nothing worse than a temper tantrum experienced in close proximity to others (just ask the plane full of passengers who rode with us to AND from Hawaii in '09). And since the circus generally fits all of this criteria, you can understand my hesitation. And general fear.
What sold me was $8. For a ticket. Sold!
I should mention that this was also the abbreviated "toddler" performance. One hour long, no intermission. Even better.
So we enter the big top, only to learn that it's a pretty small tent. And our $8 tickets have bought us seats 5 rows from the ring. These same seats at Ringling Brothers would easily have cost $70 a piece.
Circus Flora is more acrobatic that a traditional circus. There are dogs and horses, but no other animals. People! You do not need to see lions when you can watch a chihuahua climb a ladder!!Lots of flipping and hula-hooping and amazing maneuvers on a horse that I can't even talk about without starting to sweat. And then being able to see it all so close...that part is priceless. Because when a woman can jiggle 15 hula hoops all by herself...well, you'd lose some of the magic if you were 100 rows back and three stories up.
This was the sweetest, greatest, most awesome version of a circus I have ever seen! And I would go back and see the full show (sans kids, because one hour was enough for the tykes). Trust me, it's sooooo worth it.
And because there are a few of you who have been WAITING for this, I'm also including the orzo salad recipe. It is awesome...but let me warn you, it is pricey!!
Orzo with Spring Vegetables
8 cups chicken stock
4 cups water
1 pound orzo
3/4-1 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cups spinach
1 and 1/2 cups sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced kalamatas
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1/2 cup basil, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
Boil broth and water...add orzo and cook al dente. Mix warm orzo with 1/2 cup olive oil (if you overcook the orzo a bit, it will clump together, but mixing it with the oil and ingredients will break it up again, never fear). Set aside to cool and then toss with other ingredients and dress with 1/4 cup olive oil mixed with lemon juice. If too dry, add remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste...you can refrigerate or serve at room temperature (both are equally yum).
A few things: the pine nuts, olive oil, basil, feta and sun-dried tomatoes make this a more expensive dish. Keep in mind it makes a TON. Trader Joes sells orzo for a great price, as does Shop-n-Save, if you have them in the area.
Also, I buy the sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, and I pour it all in the salad...therefore, I use less olive oil in my version of this salad. You'll know what's right...just go slowly when adding oil.
Peeps, I am heading into, perhaps, the CRAZIEST week of my 2009. Maybe my life. I have an ice cream social to decorate for, a birthday party for a friend, a women's fellowship to coordinate & attend...AND a scavenger hunt to officially get done. Oh, and it's Mike's birthday this coming week, and Father's Day next Sunday. I'm almost hyperventilating, just thinking about it.
Tune in, I'm sure there will be all kinds of crazy up in here.