Friday, 12 July 2013

Recipe - Greek Chicken and Bulgar Wheat

This is a good time for me to clear up how I feel about Jamie Oliver. And clubbing. And desserts. People have a habit of misrepresenting how I feel about these things (cough Ashleigh cough). So, let's begin...
Clubbing - I enjoy clubbing but only occasionally because I feel so horrendously awful the next day, it is not sustainable as a weekly activity. It is also kind of boring as a weekly activity. Furthermore, while the music played has some (OK, quite a big) effect on how much I enjoy it, telling me that someone's playing will rarely, if ever, turn me from a no into a yes. If I don't feel like clubbing (read: drinking enough to feel comfortable dancing and being able to sacrifice the day after to feeling horrible and perhaps throwing up), I will not be persuaded.
Sweet things - I LOVE sweet things. When I say 'I don't even like sweet things', I really mean 'I don't like sweet things compared to how much I like savoury things'. But that's only because I really, really like savoury things. As in, I spent most of my time thinking about them. Mmm. Anyway, I don't tend to buy sweet things as snacks because I'm not a snacker and I rarely crave something sweet. I go mad for elaborate desserts but lack of time/money/skill precludes me eating those on a regular basis. 
Jamie Oliver - I think he's a fine cook. He's a good cook. He puts together good combinations in simple, easy to follow recipes. Great. What I cannot get on board with is his stupid 'down with the kids' manner. It's particularly offensive because he's actually not THAT old so he, of all people, should know that that is not what the kids look like. Seriously, Jamie, just say 'pour' or 'put' or 'add', you don't need to bash everything in. Also, his 30 minute meals are annoying because they take so little time only because of the food processor. When I heard about the concept, I thought 'hey great he's going to come up with some simple but new flavour combinations which are quick to do'. No. He decides to make four different dishes using literally all of the pans and a food processor. WHO DOES THAT ON A WEEKNIGHT. No, Jamie. No. Anyway, there are still little flashes of what makes him such a successful TV chef to be found in these programmes. But they'd only take 30 minutes if you restricted yourself to one or two of the dishes. Which is OK. I wish he'd learn this. Bish bash bosh.
Greek chicken thighs with bulgar wheat and tzatziki
Chicken thighs
Salt, pepper

Sprinkle the chicken thighs with the herbs and seasonings. Place in a hot oven (gas mark 6) for 40 minutes, basting twice in the time.

250g bulgar wheat
Frozen chopped spinach
2 peppers, chopped
1 red chilli, chopped
3 spring onions, chopped
Handful of fresh dill, chopped
Handful of black olives, pitted and chopped
Lemon juice

Boil the bulgar wheat in vegetable stock, covered, for about 15 minutes until cooked. 
Add the frozen spinach for the last five minutes of cooking time and stir until separated and well mixed with the bulgar wheat.
Add the rest of the ingredients and season with lemon juice, to taste.

1 stick celery, finely chopped
Courgette, diced
1 red chilli, finely chopped
Handful of fresh mint
Fry the celery and courgette in olive oil until tender. Stir in the chilli and mint. Add to the bulgar wheat.

150 g fat-free natural yoghurt
Handful of mint, finely chopped
Half a cucumber, finely chopped
Lemon juice

Combine the mint and cucumber with the yoghurt. Season with lemon juice, to taste.

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