Why, hello there!
I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for what feels like ages, and have come up with probably hundreds of reasons to wait ‘just a bit longer’ before launching it… but I’ve finally decided to throw caution to the wind and just do it already.
What really pushed me over the edge is the crazy abundance of stone fruit available right now – and the fact that before long it’ll all be gone again. I couldn’t bear the thought of being too late for the season to share this stone fruit tabbouleh! I am so keen on this dish that I’ve managed to overcome all of the excuses I had to postpone launching this blog.
(That in itself should give you an idea of how good this tabbouleh is because I have a dreadful case of totally useless and in fact obstructive perfectionism.)
This tabbouleh, even at its base, is by no means ‘authentic’ – but it is incredibly satisfying and refreshing at the same time, particularly on hot summer days. I’ve thrown some coriander in there because I dig it (and also because the first time I threw this together I was on a mission to clean out the fridge). The stone fruit – in this case nectarine, but any would work – replaces the usual tomato for an extra kick of sweetness along with some acidity. And I couldn’t possibly resist throwing some pistachios on there to accompany the pomegranate seeds, which I simply couldn’t pass up.
Of course, you could skip the pomegranate and the pistachio and still have yourself a delicious salad that doesn’t require quite as much work. But if you’ve got the time, I find the process of de-shelling pistachios and whacking seeds out of pomegranates to be incredibly relaxing. Particularly with an episode of Friends or New Girl on in the background.
To be fair, any tabbouleh is going to be somewhat labour-intensive, between the washing and drying of the herbs, and then all of the chopping. Don’t let that deter you though: you can make a big batch and eat from it for at least three days, and the flavours will actually only get better as the salad sits in the fridge.