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bulgar wheat

February 26, 2010

Bulgar Wheat

I had the great fortune of visiting with my physician a few weeks ago and was informed that I could no longer live like a twenty year old. I had been given some strong recommendations about diet and habits six months ago (this was a follow up visit) which I must admit I essentially ignored.

A few days after the second visit I woke up and stopped as many of the bad habits as I could bear to part with. I stopped drinking a Coke a day because no matter what the marketing infers a red can does not put coke in the same food group as an apple. I stopped smoking. I went from drinking a few beers (good ones) a night to a single glass of red wine. I stopped “wrong” eating (ie. salami sandwiches for breakfast) and am shifting my eating habits. Excercise has not really been an issue, but I am upping that as well.

This confession is more of a foreword for my renewed exploration of food, and specifically healthy, substantial, and most importantly edible sustenance. I will share the good the bad and the nauseating in all its glory.

As the title of this post suggests Bulgar Wheat is todays short topic. How about an ancient grain which is more nutritious than rice and couscous, higher in fiber and vitamins, and lower on the glycemic index.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgur

So in a fugue state of nutrition seeking food shopping madness I hit the bulk section of the local crunchy health food superstore and got a big old baggy. I also picked up a box of vegetable boullion cubes.

Preparation is super easy:

Ingredients 2 cups of Water

Vegetable Boullion (watch for MSG if you care)

A pot

1 Cup of Bulgar Wheat

Directions:

Bring water to boil on high heat

Drop the vegetable boullion cube in

Stir broth until the cube breaks up (about 15 seconds)

Add Bulgar and stir for 30-45 seconds and lower heat to low.

Put a lid on the pot and cook on low for about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally so it does not stick to the bottom of the pot. You may want to add a little water (about 1/3 of a cup) if it looks too dry.

Remove from heat and serve or store.

Serve with whatever you like it works like rice. Chicken, vegetables, thick saucy stuff all works.

Enjoy. I did.

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playing at the table

February 26, 2010

In order to set the tone for the food section I will kick things off with a game we played at dinner a few evenings ago.

Rules:

Each player at the table takes a turn describing the most plausible, but disgusting food combination they can come up with.

ie. I suggested an Ice cold glass of milk with a hefty helping of pureed warm bacon. I immediately lost because my son pointed out the “bacon goes well with everything” clause.

My wife won with beef stroganoff over mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Gameplay can be indefinite, but three rounds tends to keep it fresh. It also helps to have kids and adults at the table (although the defining lines are fairly blurry these days).

Have fun.

scrittorio di scrittura

February 26, 2010

Welcome,

I am glad you took the time to visit. Have a look around. If you like the posts, visit often; if you don’t…so be it, off you go. The blog was started on February 24th, 2010 (give it a bit of time). I am thinking really hard…

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