The first day back to work after the week long holiday in Northern Cyprus, was not as horrific as it could have been thanks to a copy of Plenty by , which had been delivered to work whilst I was away.
A brief flick through whilst I booted my mac up at work not only instantly filled me with inspiration but literally made the prospect of my work inbox telling me that I had over 200 emails waiting to be read actually bearable surprisingly. The serenity of the holiday lasted all of about another 5 minutes, the next time I managed to look at Plenty again was the next day after work. Thankfully Lucy and Nina were coming round the next evening to discuss future , or rather using the guise of discussing future but in fact having a gossip and a giggle once again.
Still pining for the warmer climes of Northern Cyprus and the wondrous fresh mediteriarian cuisine which we ate every day whilst been there. I decided that the and bread salad was the best choice for the evening, due to two major contributing factors time and cost.
What I cooked below is based on the recipe in book crossed with a recipe with somewhat of a Turkish twist, variations were dependent on what was picked up on the way home from work and what was already in the cupboards.
and Bread Salad
For 4 people
(about a cup and half)
1 x Red Onion
2 x Mini Cucumbers
4 x Large on the vine tomato's from the local Turkish supermarket
Turkish Flat Bread
1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
4 tbsp of chopped fresh mint
4 tbsp of chopped flat leaf parsley
4 tbsp of chopped coriander
Cracked Black Pepper
1. First rinse the , then toast off the until it changes colour, and then add one and a half times stock to the grain, season and simmer over a medium heat on the hob for around 15 minutes.
2. Whilst the Q is bubbling away, finely slice the Red Onion, cut the cucumbers into large dices along with the tomato's.
3. Brush the Turkish Flat Bread with good Virgin Olive Oil and place in a warm oven until it's warm and slightly toasted.
4. Once the has cooked, rinse with cold water and drain
5. Add the chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and sliced Red Onion to the and tear up and add as much of the bread as you think necessary.
6. Add the chopped herbs to the mix with the pomegranate molasses and white wine vinegar, and mix thoroughly.
7. Serve up with either crumbled Feta cheese or Greek yogurt on top of the Salad.
Really enjoyed this with Nina and Lucy, really light but surprisingly filling. Also tasted really fresh and texture of the different ingredients was a joy to eat, and was really easy and quick to make. I have a feeling that I will eating a lot more of this during the next few months.