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A Little Armenian Dinner - Tabouli and "Beans and Rice" (or in Turkish - Fasulya ve Pilav)

Lets start with a very cool history lesson about my paternal side of my family, (trust me when I say my maternal side is also just as interesting), family food like this tells always tells a story.

My Grandmother's family is originally from Turkey, but was forced out in the Armenian Genocide (this was no small thing, it happened during WWI and an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed) and eventually found their way over to Iraq. My Grandfather is British and fought in the British Air Force, and met my Grandmother's brother first, in Egypt, and decided to then write to my Grandmother. They ended up getting married and traveled all around the world. After landing in Australia, my father was born and then eventually my father and his family moved to the states.

So unfortunately since my father wasn't born here he could never be President...but who wants that job anyway!

This dish has been changed a little and each of my dad and his brothers and sisters make it a slightly different way, so this is my immediate family's adaptation...

We call it TABOULI (or you may also see it at other places called Tabbouleh)

  • 1 head of lettuce, finely chopped 
  • container of grape tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • bunch of Italian Parsley, finely chopped
  • English Cucumber, peeled and seeded then finely chopped
  • 1 bag of *Bulger Wheat (soak in water for at least one hour prior to soften, and add a squeeze of lemon juice over top)
  • Feta cheese (optional)
*(The Bulger Wheat can always be substituted for Quinoa if you are GF)

Chop all vegetables and place in large salad bowl. For seasoning/dressing add salt and pepper, season salt, garlic salt, olive oil, canola oil, (you can add a little squeeze of zesty italian dressing), lots of lemon juice. Don't add too much liquid at first you can always add more but remember you can't take away!! Toss lightly serve with Pita. 

NEXT: Fasulya ve Pilav (Turkish for Beans and Rice)

(So I'm going from memory from this one, for me its just kinda add that, do this, kinda recipe now, but I will try my best to get everything in)

  • 1 lb hamburger meat
  • Olive or Coconut Oil
  • packet of Vermicelli noodles 
  • a few cups of cooked rice (I use rice cooker)
  • 2 Cans of Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cans of Beef Broth 
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Lipton Onion Soup Mix 
  • a few handfuls of fresh green beans 
Cook the rice in the rice cooker. While your rice is cooking begin to brown your hamburger meat. Once its finished browning, add tomatoes, green beans, lipton onion soup mix and 1 can beef broth. Let Simmer about 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally and adding more broth as needed.

Using your oil, place in sauté pan and lightly brown your vermicelli noodles. Once they are brown add your cooked rice and mix together. Slowly add chicken broth a little bit at a time and stir until broth is absorbed and rice is kinda mushy (sorry thats the best way to describe it).

Serve with beef and bean mixture over rice add some salt and pepper or even season salt and enjoy!

After dinner you can always finish your meal with a Turkish coffee then do a traditional tasseography (Coffee Ground Reading) after (which means when you are done drinking your coffee, flip it upside down let it sit for a minute then read your coffee grounds) - this is no joke..... My Grandmother read mine last time we were at her house a few years ago and she predicted I would have a baby around Christmas and Kollin was born the following year on the 29th of December. 

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