Recipe shared by Ann Marentette, Meatless Dish, Serves 4-6
- ¾ to 1 cup cracked wheat (No. 1 grind)
- 1 bunch green onion
- 2 or 3 large bunches parsley or more
- Few sprigs of mint (about 6-8 sprigs)
- 2 to 3 large tomatoes
- Juice of 3 lemons or more to make a ½ cup
- ½ cup salad oil
- ½ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- Salt to taste (about 2 tsp or more)
- Soak cracked wheat in cool water for 10 minutes or until slightly soft. Squeeze dry by pressing between palms.
- Chop onion, parsley, mint, and tomato very fine. Add the cracked wheat, lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Mix well.
- Serve with lettuce or fresh grape leaves used as a scoop.
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Thank you very much for your story, Ann. I miss my grandparents too. My grandfather was quiet but he was the family gardener and taught my mother to love it. He died before I knew to be interested, but he left a thriving fig tree. My grandmother brought me boxes of figs to my dorm room in college! Now I have a fig tree of my own. I’d love to hear more about what you do with your figs.
It was so nice to read your reply and know how influencial your grandparents were in your life.
As far as the figs go, mostly we eat them and share them with the neighbors and the birds.
I’ve made fig conserve also. This year looks like a bumper crop so lots to go around. Do you have a fig tree?