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Monday 27 May 2013

Raw Rhubarb and Rosemary Tabbouleh for the Aero Perfect Pairing Challenge

The good people at Aero HQ set out a challenge to create some wacky and wonderful flavour pairings to celebrate the two-toned bubblicious makeover of Aero with it's delicious flavour combinations of orange or mint with bubbly milk chocolate.

To help me with the challenge I was sent a box full of cooking equipment, a flavour thesaurus and some bubbly Aero chocolate to help inspire me!  In fact, I found my inspiration in the Flavour Thesaurus where I spied an amazing combination of raw rhubarb and rosemary marinated in honey, I thought this would work well in a Tabbouleh providing the acidic element to a classic salad.

Raw Rhubarb and Rosemary Tabbouleh (Serves 4)
2 sticks young rhubarb, very finely sliced
2 tbsp runny honey
2 sprigs of rosemary, bruised
250g bulgar wheat
4 spring onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped mint
2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
2 tbsp celery leaves roughly chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
juice of half a lemon

1. Finely slice the rhubarb, preferably on a mandoline using the finest setting.  I used the OXO Good Grips Mandoline for this.

2.  Place in a non metallic bowl and add the honey and rosemary, leave to marinate for several hours or preferably overnight.

3. Place the bulgar wheat in a bowl and cover with boiling water.

4.  When the wheat has swollen and absorbed all the water, add the rest of the ingredients and mix through. 

5. Finally add the rhubarb and marinade, cover the bowl and leave to sit for at least an hour for the flavours to mingle, season to taste.  You may wish to add a little more finely chopped rosemary if you would like a stronger rosemary taste.

If you didn't know it was rhubarb, you would be hard pushed to recognise it, the honey has softened the sharpness to a pleasant bite and a subtle flavour of rosemary permeates the Tabbouleh.

Many thanks to Sophie for the Perfect Pairing Aero Cookery Kit.

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At 28 May 2013 at 14:06 , Blogger Galina Varese said...

That's a lovely twist on the tabbouleh salad. I love rhubarb in bakes but haven't tried in a salad

At 28 May 2013 at 16:47 , Blogger Unknown said...

A seriously good combo of flavours. I like it!

At 29 May 2013 at 03:17 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the idea of the pickled rhubarb Janice! I've never tried soaking rhubarb... I imagine that the sweet but tangy flavour would be gorgeous in a salad. Definitely trying this salad. Gorgeous flavours... definitely a 'perfect pairing'!

At 29 May 2013 at 16:40 , Blogger Susan said...

I always make tabouleh when in Turkey but seldom here...need to remedy that...was so glad you didn't pout mint aeros in it though. x

At 29 May 2013 at 19:37 , Blogger Janice said...

I'd never tried it before either, but it works really well.
Sue, hmmm mint aeros, never thought of that ;-)

At 1 November 2013 at 05:34 , Blogger Unknown said...

Oh wow what a combination!

Sounds amazing - thank you so much for sharing. I have included it in my post on wonderful ways to cook with rosemary, Alice @ Mums Make Lists


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