Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Wife's Spinach with Cracked Wheat( Bulgur In English, Borghol in Arabic, Plighouri in Greek)

My wife Maria likes to eat healthy. She prefers no salt in her food, not too many sauces, easy simple food. She uses Organic Kalamata olive oil at room temperature which she adds to the food after it is cooked. She neither fries, stir fry, or deep fry, does not use fresh butter or margarine but she sure ends up with a tasty healthy meal which I appreciate two to three times per week.
We keep a good culinary balance. Truth be told I have improved my recipes towards a healthier nutrition. We both now steam to 75% doneness all vegetables which need cooking and try to drink the liquid from below. Pork, chicken and fish are always well done (never overcooked). Beef, veal and lamb are cooked to medium rare. Apart from the fact that veal is expensive, it is full of cholesterol and toxins while older beef, although maybe more difficult to cook, is healthier. 
You will need to make spinach with cracked wheat:
Serves 6 
- 2 kg fresh spinach. If the spinach is clean, fine,  if not wash well from any sand or earth, cut small.
- 1 big bunch dill cut very small
- 2 onion sliced very small
- 6 scallions sliced very small
-  1 cup olive oil (prefer Greek extra virgin Kalamata olive oil)
-  1 1/4 cup Cracked wheat or borghol.
-  1 hot Chilli sliced very small
-  Salt and freshly ground pepper. 
Method: 
-  Heat a large pot,  add sliced onions and scallions,  cover for 1 - 2 minutes to  liquids.
-  Add dill, cover for one minute
-  Now add the olive oil.
-  With a wooden spoon stir and mix well till all olive oil is absorbed, lower the heat, add spinach, cover,  till the spinach expells most of its juices.
-  Sprinkle cracked wheat evenly over the spinach, mix well, add salt, freshly ground pepper to taste and the chilli and cover.
-  Bring to a boil,  then simmer on lowest heat for 20 to 25 minutes.
-  When finished, you can add extra olive oil if you wish. 
-  Let stand till it is time to eat. Meaning that this dish should be made first thing in the morning to give time the cracked wheat to absorb all the spinach juices. It can be eaten hot, warm or even cold the next day.
Enjoy this light dish with greek feta and pita bread.
Bon Appétit,
Stelio





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