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Tabbouleh

January 9th, 2012 (03:02 pm)

I've obviously not done a good job of revitalising my 'blog; haven't written anything since October. Mainly I know I need to do more to keep up with people not on Facebook -- I've not really taken to that google+ thing so far.

Anyway, the point of this post is Katherine wants to know how I make tabbouleh. I love tabbouleh, and I made some on Saturday night as I was going walking on Sunday and needed something to take for lunch, and it's probably my favourite thing to take for lunch on a walk - very sustaining.

Put some dry bulghur wheat in a bowl, add a little salt, pour on boiling water until it's just covered with a mm or two of water to spare. Cover the bowl and wait for half an hour. Stir it up and mix in some olive oil and lemon juice - I add them by taste. Then I add chopped spring onions, and loads of chopped tomato and parsley, and maybe some coriander leaves. You can also use cucumber, but actually I tend not to if I'm planning on keeping it more than a day. If I'm expecting it to be a whole meal in itself, I mixed in some feta cheese cut into tiny cubes. Then chill it.

Comments

Posted by: jasonelvis (jasonelvis)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)

Thanks for this badass. I am not Katherine but I appreciate the recipe all the same.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)

Nice healthy lunch for all the family, picnics and barbecues. Hooray!

Maybe I should just blog recipes this year.

Posted by: jasonelvis (jasonelvis)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)

Yes do! I mean blog other stuff too but recipes for sure. maybe you could write a preamble to the recipe like you have here. Tell us where you ate it last etc. I request the peanut butter cookie recipe and the cucumber salad. Unless those are family secrets.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)

OK, peanut butter cookies are my sister's. I'd forgotten how nice they are!

Posted by: baconmatador (baconmatador)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)

It does sound nice and healthy - does it really sustain you on a long walk? Doesn't seem like it would have enough calories. I usually eat cake and chocolate when I walk up hills.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)

I find it does sustain me. Yesterday I had my usual breakfast, which is half a litre of warm water, three teaspoons or flax seeds and a bowl of fruit salad (which was banana, melon and strawberries). I was struggling on the walk until after lunch which was tabbouleh and a snack of mint tea and three gingernuts, but then I was fine.

Posted by: jasonelvis (jasonelvis)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)

pack of lies! Nobody eats such a breakfast except some Hollywood type.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)

I really do since I saw the nutritionist. I like it, because I do not like cereal and I'm not a toast fan, and it's a routine now.

Posted by: baconmatador (baconmatador)
Posted at: January 10th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)

Maybe I will replace my cheese sandwiches with it then.

Last night I had bulgar wheat mixed with roasted shallots and courgette, parsley, dill, olive oil and lemon juice. It was very nice.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 10th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)

Nice.

Posted by: baconmatador (baconmatador)
Posted at: January 10th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)

Very nice.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)

I like it very lemony. You don't have to use a real lemon, I always keep a bottle of lemon juice in the fridge.

Posted by: The Living Breathing Oxymoron (motodraconis)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
Shrooms

Thanks for the recipe - I might try this for my work lunches as if sounds nice and fresh and simple, though my work doesn't entail excessive walking, um, if you don't count the 2 mile walk to work that is.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)

It's great for work lunches too, healthy, cheap and delicious. I ought to be working on tabbouleh marketing.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 9th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)

BTW - thanks for the xmas card - I sent you some of my home made xmas fudge - hope it got there ok - I had a London address for you but wasn't 100% sure it was the right one!

Posted by: The Living Breathing Oxymoron (motodraconis)
Posted at: January 10th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
karma

Ah yes! I kept meaning to write to thank you but I never got round to it because I'm an ungrateful wretch. I'm still gobsmacked that I actually managed to post a couple of cards last year - a rare achievement!

Fudge was delicious, it lasted 2 days tops before I scoffed the lot. Speaking of delicious, I'm eating your recommended tabbouleh right now, though I used mint instead of parsley because I've got stacks of the stuff dried and sitting around in jars.
Nom!

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 10th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)

Rare achievement for me too! I have several packs of Xmas cards, and I never get around to doing them, but I was super organised this year and planned a day of annual leave before Xmas specifically for making fudge and going to the post office, mainly because I'm doing such a bad job generally of keeping in touch with people. One of my local friends pointed out it's not surprising I'm knackered, because almost every weekend I'm either travelling to and from London, or playing host here. And my garden looks like shit because that's been neglected too - I'm paying someone to sort it out for me next month.

Glad you're enjoying the tabbouleh. I'll post up the peanut butter biscuits Jason asked about next.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 10th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)

If you can grow some parsley in the summer, though, parsley has lots of good things in it, including iron. I have loads in it.

Posted by: The Living Breathing Oxymoron (motodraconis)
Posted at: January 10th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
SnowPumpkin

I have a parsley patch, which I have been tucking into all summer. Amazingly, there's still a decent bunch of it still growing, but I thought I'll leave it be in the hopes it takes off in spring - I've so much dried mint after all.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 10th, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)

Yes, I try to leave mine alone in the winter too, since it grows so slowly. Hopefully you'll get a good harvest in the spring!

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