Latest Articles and RecipesApril gets my vote as the silliest month. It starts out with April Fools Day which also happens to be International have Fun at Work Day….who managed to fit that bill together was obviously fond of humor and pranks. April goes on to compete with the above on the 3rd which happens to be “Don’t go to work unless it’s Fun Day” – really? who makes this stuff up? Oh, but it must be true….we read it online. Now I’m laughing! Needless to say, April should be ushering in Spring in your neck of the woods (and we hope it does give some relief from this terrible winter) and perhaps your palate is ready for a super nutritious salad full of crunch and taste. Talking about my bulgur wheat salad, it’s reminiscent of Tabbouleh. Nutty crunch from the wheat, sweet red onion, roma tomato and lemon all combine into a perfect scoopable salad. You’ll think that there is too much parsley from the ingredient list, but believe me – it’s essential for the taste. Perhaps you can make it on the 25th, it is National East meets West Day….just an idea.
The veggie we review this month is an ever popular one, the Roma tomato. Roma’s are also known as plum or Italian tomatoes. The roma is a dense, meaty tomato with fewer seeds than slicing tomatoes – makes it the best tomato for sauces. Explore how we came to know this little gem of a vegetable (although it comes from a nightshade plant and is technically a fruit – some reference it as a berry?) and the hundreds of ways it can be used in recipes like the bulgur salad. Ever heard of San Marzano? They are reputed to grow the very best Roma tomatoes in the world!
The herb/spice for April was inspired by the bulgur wheat salad. I was doing research on my recipe and kept running into references to Sumac in the more authentic versions of Tabbouleh. Sumac has been a staple in the Middle East for centuries, cultivated and traded it was a valuable commodity. Sumac drupes (clusters of fruits) have been found in shipwrecks of ancient mariners. Sumac has a lemony flavor that doesn’t overpower, it’s popular in salads, dressings, meat rubs, vinaigrettes and condiments. Sumac is affordable see the article for options.