Saturday, June 18, 2005

Minty II

What to do with all that crazy mint? Check out an awesome Mojito recipe. My girlfriend Beth (who I don't get to see nearly often enough!) also sent this delicious looking recipe for tabbouli.

Tabbouli

(Do not add salt or olive oil until just before serving.)

1/2 cup bulghur wheat (fine grind is best, medium works okay)
2 bunches parsley (I prefer flat leaf texture but curly is fine)
1 bunch green onion
Tomatoes - at least 2 cups chopped
Fresh mint. 5 or 6 stalks at least
2 to 3 lemons (to taste!)
Olive oil
Salt
Cucumbers (optional)
Romaine lettuce leaves (garnish & scoopers, optional)
Fresh grape leaves (scoopers - optional)

Soak the bulghur wheat in at least three times its volume of cold water. Fine grind only needs a half hour of soaking. Medium grind needs longer.

Chop the parsley leaves, green onions, mint, tomatoes and cucumbers. I prefer using a knife to a food processor, the processor over does it. The tomatoes should be seeded and cut up into quite a small dice.

Mix veggies and bulghur together. Douse with strained lemon juice. If you are not ready to serve immediately, cover and hold in a cool place. Do NOT add salt and olive oil until immediately before serving.

You may garnish with more diced tomatoes and/or diced cucumber, and stick lettuce or grape leaves around the sides of the bowl to scoop with.

3 comments:

Kari B said...

Hey Julie,
Did you ever think about using your mint leaves for some homemade beauty products? I know that this sounds wierd but you can make your own foot scrub with the following ingredients: mint, 1 cup of kosher or rock salt, and a container of unflavored yogurt. Homemade pedicures!!! hope all is going well, we need to get together soon.

Julie said...

Homemade pedicures? This sounds wonderful. I'd love to get together Kari, maybe sometime this week?

Kim Carney said...

I love mint, I have it growing all over my yard...always having to pull it up from the root (it smells the best then). I pull it up when it takes over and plant more. Okay, I am crazy. (mint lover!)