Recipes: Sifo: The Cooking Husband by Sinoyolo Sifo

Sinoyolo Sifo is a husband that cooks. His goal: to break the gender stereotypes that surround male figures in the kitchen and encourage more men to cook. As he says, the kitchen is no longer the domain of women only, and men need to get more comfortable in the kitchen, so they can share equally in the responsibilities of day-to-day life and its demands.

 


 

Mediterranean Bulgur Wheat

with Stir-fried Veg

 

“I had never even heard of bulgur wheat until I came across it on a weight-loss website when I was trying to lose some weight in 2018. It was deemed to be healthier than rice. Out of interest, I tried it out, cooking it myself, and have not looked back since. I just love how it’s versatile enough to eat as a main or side dish.”

 

Serves: 4

 

3 cups (750ml) + 1 Tbsp (15ml) water

1 cup (250ml) uncooked bulgur wheat

3 Tbsp (45ml) olive oil

1 red onion, finely chopped

½ each large red and yellow bell pepper, pith removed, and diced

1 large carrot, diced

1 tsp (5ml) garlic salt

1 tsp (5ml) dried parsley

1 tsp (5ml) dried oregano

½ tsp (2.5ml) ground ginger

½ tsp (2.5ml) ground cardamom

1 tsp (5ml) honey

salt and pepper, to taste

 

Add 3 cups of water and the bulgur wheat to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes or until tender. Then, use a colander to drain any excess water and set aside.

In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, red and yellow bell peppers, and carrot. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the garlic salt, parsley, oregano, ginger and cardamom.

Add a tablespoon of water to the pan, close the lid and simmer for 8–10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more water as needed, to prevent the vegetables from sticking or burning. The vegetables should be soft once cooked. Remove the pan from the heat. and stir in the honey.

In a medium bowl, combine the stir-fried vegetables and cooked bulgur wheat. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy warm.