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bulgar wheat pilaff

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I’m really into bulgar wheat at the moment – it’s great in a lunchbox as part of a salad with some parsley, chopped tomato and cucumber with lots of olive oil and a big squidge of lemon juice and it’s just so much more interesting than couscous…

Here’s another way with bulgar wheat – cooked with stock and spices, it makes a great accompaniment to curry or tagine or anything with a lovely rich sauce to mop up. I should say, this is probably as authentically middle-eastern as toad-in-the-hole but I think it’s great, anyway.

Bulgar wheat pilaff – serves 3-4 (it’s surprisingly filling!)

  • One large onion
  • Vegetable oil – a good slosh
  • Ground cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  • Bulgar wheat – about 150g
  • Chicken stock – I use those stock jelly pot things, 1
  • Butter – a generous slice

Put a large saucepan on a medium heat and cut the onion in half and slice the onion relatively thinly. Cover the base of the pan (and a little more) with the oil and cook the onion until it is golden with small brown bits and then add the spices and give it a good stir – it should smell pretty wonderful at this point…

Add the wheat and stir to coat with the spices and oil and then cover with boiling water from the kettle (plus about a centimetre – you can add more later on if it starts to get too dry) and add your stock cube/pot/whatever. Pop the lid on and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the wheat is tender with a bit of bite and the liquid has been absorbed. Check the seasoning and stir in the butter just before serving

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orange marmalade cake

With the snow falling outside, I embraced the cabin fever and baked something. Sometimes only cake will do.

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I ended up choosing the sticky orange marmalade cake from the Great British Bake Off cookbook. This is a pretty fab book – I was lucky enough to get a copy a couple of birthdays ago and I turn to it regularly. It’s a really good all-round baking book and I’ve made quite a few things out of it before, my favourites probably being the very moreish chocolate crackle cookies.

This seemed like a great cold weather bake and I just happened to have a jar of mum’s home-made marmalade in the cupboard… It’s just a pretty standard sponge stirred through with a generous splodge of marmalade to make the sweet, rich sponge a bit more interesting. Once the cake is done, you warm through more of the marmalade and spread it over the top of the cake and leave it to cool before drizzling over some glacé icing. I didn’t alter the recipe much except to let the marmalade down a bit with a tablespoon or so of water to make it a bit more liquid and poked the cake all over with a skewer so the syrup had a chance to sink into the sponge to make it extra sticky, leaving the shreds of orange on top.

It’s quite a grown-up cake (with the strong kick from the marmalade) and I think a little wedge would make a lovely afternoon tea, if that’s your bag (and makes a nice change from its mainstream sister, the lemon drizzle). Otherwise, scoff it anon. It’s a great chance to show off some lovely home-made marmalade if you happen to have some knocking around!

You can find the recipe here if you want to give it a try.

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