The weekend started well when we woke up to sunshine and a beautiful blue sky. After bacon butties and coffee (yum), we got on with our latest project, which has been laying new flooring in our bathroom (rock 'n' roll, eh?!).
We stopped for a lunch of bruschette with pesto and tomatoes, topped with parmesan. I scattered some lightly toasted pine nuts over them and served them on a pile of pea shoots, my boys' latest food craze...
The afternoon saw me take my JD for a walk along the pebbly beach in our village. I feel very lucky to have the beach so close, anyway, but as we passed sun-dappled clusters of daffodils in the lane that leads to the beach, clear blue sky overhead, we realised that Spring may just have sprung (at last).
Supper tonight was a simple affair; grilled lamb chops, boiled potatoes (an eleventh-hour request from Husband), a dish of bulghar wheat salad and a bowl of mixed leaves.
I soak the bulghar wheat for the salad, rather than cooking it. I do this by putting it in a large bowl and covering it with water. When it has absorbed all the water, taste a grain and repeat the process if it hasn't softened enough for your liking. Drain the bulghar when you like the texture. I do this in a muslin, squeezing out as much water as possible, but you can easily use a fine sieve. Fork through chunks of (both peeled and deseeded) cucumber and tomatoes, finely chopped spring onions, pomegranate seeds and masses of herbs. I usually use parsley and mint, though today I only had parsley, so I used that and added a good squidge of squeezy mint sauce (one of my favourite 'secret ingredient' kitchen helpers). I also chucked in some more, scissored-up, pea shoots tonight
This salad also makes a lovely, sunny-day lunch (do I dare to hope in the garden?) if you also fork through some crumbled feta or some leftover roast lamb, if you are lucky enough to have some. I particularly love roast lamb (hot or cold) lately, and am always thinking of things I need (want) to do with it. This is how my mind works...