This is adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe to suit the family’s likes/allergies.
½ a bunch of fresh oregano
½ a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 red onions
1 large aubergine
150 g feta cheese
3 courgettes (a mixture of yellow and green)
2 handfuls of mixed tomatoes
1 bulb of garlic
50 g shelled pistachios
2 tablespoons runny honey
extra virgin olive oil
250 g buckwheat
1 bunch of fresh mint
1 big bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ a cucumber
Pick the oregano and parsley leaves, peel and slice the onions into wedges and halve the aubergine lengthways.
Add the feta to a small bowl with half the oregano leaves, a drizzle of olive oil and a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of the dish.
Next make the tabbouleh. Cook the cracked wheat according to the packet instructions, then rinse and drain. Set it aside to cool a little.
Pick and finely chop the mint and parsley, then finely chop the cucumber.
Once the cracked wheat has cooled, mix in the mint, pomegranate, parsley and cucumber, a good squeeze of lemon juice and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Have a taste and tweak the seasoning to your liking, then cover and set aside.
On an oiled baking tray, cook all of the vegetables and the garlic and, once beautifully charred on both sides, transfer them to a chopping board.
Chop up all the veg together, squeezing the garlic cloves out of their skins and squishing the tomatoes. Roughly chop the parsley and remaining oregano leaves into the vegetables, season and drizzle with olive oil.
Carefully fry the whole marinated feta until golden and crispy.
Toast the pistachios in a small pan over a medium heat until lightly golden, then spoon over the honey and allow the nuts to caramelise, tossing regularly to stop them from catching in the pan.
After a couple of minutes, tip them onto a sheet of oiled greaseproof paper to harden and cool, then roughly chop and leave to one side.
Spoon the tabbouleh onto a large serving dish, then top with the chopped vegetables.
Place the griddled feta in the centre, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and scatter over the crispy smashed pistachios. To serve, crumble the feta over the top. Delicious served with toasted flatbreads.