So my first post will be about food... If you would have told me 3 years ago that I would be eating, let alone cooking, foods named falafel and tabbouleh, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. Last November I married an amazing, handsome man... a 100% Armenian man... A bit of a culture shock, but all I can say is that my life has become so much richer by his awesome family and their culture.
One of the first things I learned to make, mostly because I could eat a whole bowl of it, was tabbouleh. It's very easy and very good for you! Falafel is not much harder... it's made of ground up dried garbonzo beans with different spices. It comes all pre-mixed in packs and all you do is re-hydrate it and then pan fry it in veggie oil. You eat those as if they are little meatballs, in pita-bread with yummy yogurt tahini (basically peanut butter made of sesami seeds) sauce. It's all so good and simple to make... Here's a pic (sorry I forgot to take a pic of the food all pretty on a plate) and the recipe for the tabbouleh, next time I make the falafel I'll post the directions for it, since tabbouleh was the first thing i learned to make, it'll be the first thing I'll teach you to make :)
1 cup bulgar wheat
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 bunch green onions
1 bunch curly leaf parsley
1/4-1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
First, combine the bulgar and the boiling water in a bowl and let sit 15-20 minutes until all of the water has been absorbed. While that's working, finely chop the parsely, green onions and tomatoes. Mix the veggies with the bulgar and then add the lemon juice and oil until it's just wet, not sitting in dressing, but just wet... then salt and pepper to taste. Mmmm!
Next, for something more up my family's alley, my step-daddy has requested banana-pudding for Father's Day, for the I don't know how-manyith time... It's Paula Dean's "Not Yo' Momma's Banana Pudding". If I new how to link to the recipe I would, but until then I'll just say it's on the FoodTV.com website. Sooooooo Gooooooood! Here are some more pics.
And there was just enough left for two mini ones for me and hubby!
Anyways, this is going to be an interesting journey! Hopefully I'll post some of my recent crochet projects next time.