Love this thread, mostly because I know most foods that everybody wants to try, LOL!!! The foods I'M not so good at are meats like roasts. I grew up in a vegetarian house so cooking meat is a little foreign to me, particularly roasts, but I've had a go a few times and it turned out ok LOL. Oh and I can't cook fish to save myself. Which sucks cause I love fish
i did go through a phaze where every shop I would buy a vege or fruit I had never tried before. It was fun.
Burghul/Bulgar wheat is best (IMHO) in a dish called tabouleh. If you want a proper recipe google it and it will come up with lots, but I just make it by the seat of my pants. About 1/4 cup dry burghul and cover well (double the amount) with boiling water and allow to soak until it all swells up and the water absorbs and it's just soft but still firm, like rice. Then drain any excess water, chop up roughly the same quantity of parsley as the burghul, maybe a bit less, and some mint if you like (I leave it out but some people like it) dice a couple tomatoes and some red onion if you feel the need. Crush a garlic clove and mix with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and the juice of one lemon (some people also add vinegar), mix together and strain onto the tabouleh. Mix though and eat. Adjust the amounts to taste. Should look like roughly 1/3 each burghul, tomatoes and parsley, give or take, maybe a bit more parsley than anything. Just a nice balance of colours in a base of green. You should be able to taste the tang of the lemon but not overpowering, adjust it as needed.
Really nice as a side dish with nice marinated kebabs or something similar.
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