Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Meat-Free Tuesday: Because for the First Time Ever (and Last Time) VUBOQ Posted a Recipe Using Meat on Meat-Free Monday

Wow. That's a long-ass title...

Anyway, good Wednesday morning, Kittens! I hope everyone is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning.

Yesterday evening was absolutely gorgeous, even though I had to suffer through a Co-op Board Meeting. Fortunately, the meeting started and ended with cocktails. That's how all board meetings should work. Srsly.

I discovered that if I opened up my bedroom window I could get a nice cool cross-breeze going. Plus, with the fan running, the traffic noise was mostly bearable ... until the buses started roaring by at a little before 5.

Prior to the Board Meeting (and after my martini), I decided to make a recipe I found on epicurious, Quinoa and Bulgur Salad with Feta. If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you probably have already realized that I made a few modifications in the recipe ...

1/3 cup 1/2 cup quinoa
4 cups 1 cup water [I cooked the quinoa in my rice cooker, so there would be no need to cook it in all that extra water. I mean, really, what's the point?]
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup medium bulgur [I have no idea if I used "medium" bulgur or not. I used whatever I had in my cabinet. It could have been large bulgur. Who knows?]
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon dried mint, crumbled dried oregano [The only mint I have is chocolate mint, and I thought that would taste weird ... and it's not dried.]
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 brine-cured black olives, such as Kalamata, pitted and cut into slivers
2 radishes, quartered and thinly sliced [Radishes? Just ... just, ew.]
2-3 spring onions, thinly sliced [This is what I used instead of icky radishes.]
2 oz feta, coarsely crumbled (1/2 cup)
1 head Bibb lettuce, cut into 1/4-inch strips (4 cups) 2 leaves of red leaf lettuce, torn into pieces [I don't even know what Bibb lettuce is.]

I followed the instructions almost exactly as written. The only thing was that the bulgur wheat wasn't softening by soaking in warm water, so I heated it up in a pan for a few minutes.

And, voila!

More later. *smooches*


  1. Bibb is a type of butterhead lettuce (as is Boston lettuce). It forms a loose head and has relatively tender leaves.

  2. anne marie in philly12:35 PM

    ***I hope everyone is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning.***

    my eyes are tired and itchy, and my ass is as fat as it was yesterday.

    other than that, I FEEL G-R-R-R-R-R-E-A-T! (said in a tony the tiger voice)

    one more day unitl the weekend!

  3. I love radishes! So crunchy and colorful!

    Mel already handled the Bibb lettuce issue so I don't have to. It's yummy and the leaves are more succulent than red leaf lettuce, to me at least.

  4. heh. "large bulgur" sounds dirty.

  5. Bulgur is cooked by placing 1 part bulgur to 2 parts boiling water in a bowl and leaving it to sit for 15 minutes or so uncovered until the water is absorbed.