Thursday, September 30, 2010

Grain Game

Here is a grain dish the Gourmet-O-Matic (tm) way.

Let us make tabouleh and do some variations on it.

Tabouleh, a salad popular in the Middle East, classically contains:
bulghur wheat, tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic, parsley, mint, salt, lemon juice and olive oil.
Note, that you can change the acid from lemon to lime to orange to pineapple to...

Grain substitutions:

Kasha (buckwheat groats), wheatberries, amaranth, barley, quinoa, oat groats, couscous.

Heck, you can even use corn instead of the others and then, if you want, add black or pinto beans, hot peppers, cilantro, cumin and voila! you have traveled from the Middle East to south of the USA border.

Did I hear lentils?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Sushi refers to the rice which is sweetened and vinegared. Not the food used for filling.

If table sugar is not your thing, go to The Gourmet-O-Matic (tm) Sweetener Substitutions Guide and try some others.

Forget the raw fish/seafood if you are not into it.

Do veggies instead.

Suggestions? You bet.

Mushrooms, soybeans (edamame), tofu (soy-bean curd), cucumbers, carrots, radishes, beets, sweet potatoes, anything...

Want some meat? Why not?

Top with meat chunks or cooked, fish/seafood.

The possibilities are endless.

And you don't even need to roll the rice.

Place your sweetened, vinegared rice in a bowl and top with the foods of your choosing.