Welcome to another meeting of our new group, Ina’s Garden. I am a huge fan of Ian Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa. I love her recipes and the lifestyle she promotes, as well as the sheer joie de vivre she exudes. So, I’ve joined up with a group of like-minded bloggers and twice each month, we get together to cook her recipes, and invite you to cook with us! The first Thursday of the month is a cook-along recipe that everyone makes and posts about that day. The third Thursday of the month is a themed post where everyone chooses their own Ina recipe that best fits the theme and posts their dish. For both Thursdays, a linky box will be included on all of the host blogs so that you can link up your submission. To read more about the group and how it will work, please click here.
This, being the first Thursday of the month, is our day to cook together and report back. We made Ina’s lovely Tabbouleh. You can find the recipe here on Louanne’s Kitchen.
The tabbouleh was easy to make, although I was unable to source bulghar wheat that I could cook simply by soaking as Ina described, in England. The only kind I could get required simmering. It only took 15 minutes though, so it was hardly an onerous task. There is some light chopping involved, but it is a very pleasant task especially when you come to the herbs, and the delicious smell of the parsley and mint wafts up at you. The Tabbouleh looked so pretty and smelled just delicious.
Sadly, I’m not a fan of mint in savory salads, and that affected my enjoyment of this dish. I think, were I making it again, I would use basil instead, although that would totally change its Middle Eastern vibe to an Italian one. My family and I really would enjoy the flavour more though.
I would, however, happily make and serve this Tabbouleh again. It would make a great addition to a buffet, and for those who are fans of this classic dish, it is a wonderfully easy interpretation of it with bright, fresh colours and flavours.
We would love it if you would join us, make Ina’s Tabbouleh and link up. You can also link up past posts from your blog, if you have made one of Ina’s other recipes before. The linky is open until June 14th, so there is plenty of time to join in! Please remember to link to your actual post, not your blog, so others can find your recipe easily, and please include a link back to this post as well, so others can join in too. At our next meeting, on June 16th, we will be cooking to a theme, and this time the choice was mine. Ina has so many delightful chicken recipes, I chose ‘Comforting and Delicious Chicken’. You can choose a recipe from one of Ina’s cookbooks, or you can also find her recipes online at Food Network and The Barefoot Contessa so join with us and whip up one of Ina’s delicious chicken recipes in your kitchen in time for our link up on June 16th.
Thank you from all of us here at Ina’s Garden,