Middle Eastern Sunday Dinner

Had such a lovely Sunday afternoon listening to the radio with a glass of wine and preparing this meal for my boyfriend and his friend! A perfect Sunday for me.

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Harissa & Chickpeas, Sweet Potato Wedges with Polenta & Sumac, Cumin Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Green Tahini Sauce.

Pre-dinner Drinks

I am a big fan of these! I love a good G&T, cocktail or glass of fizz to whet my appetite before tucking into some tasty food 🥂 When I’m going alcohol free, I find a simple lime & soda or non-alcohol version of my favourite cocktail also does the trick!

I find the welcome drinks of a supper club (or any dinner party / meal) a really nice part of the night, when everyone first arrives and is settling in and greeting each other! This is a gin, blackberry and lime fizz with a mint garnish 🍸

Spouts – love them or hate them?

A few Bigger Meze plates for this evening’s dinner: Prawn Saganaki (a Greek dish consisting of prawns in a slightly spicy tomato sauce with feta and parsley), with Fried Brussel Sprouts with Cumin & Garlic, and some lightly seasoned steamed rice.

I really like this prawn recipe, it’s beautifully simple and full of flavour. The sprouts are delicious too but if you aren’t a fan of them (I personally love them but I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea!) then you can use pretty much any greens – kale or broccoli would work just as well.

Sweet Meze Recipe Testing

Tahini & Pistachio Dark Chocolate Brownies. The savoury taste of sesame in the tahini goes so, so well with chocolate – the same way peanut butter does!

I love making brownies and these are one of my favourite recipes so far. Definitely up there on my list for a supper club dessert and/or future market stall!

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

I watched the first episode of Tom Kerridge’s new series this week, and really liked the look of his healthier ‘chicken nugget’ which were simply turkey escalopes lightly coated in egg and breadcrumbs and then pan fried.

So I decided to make my own version using chicken breasts and served with a Middle Eastern slaw, made with finely sliced cabbage, red onion and courgette in a creme fraiche, lemon and tahini dressing with fresh herbs, and some good old sweet potato wedges!

January Foodspiration!

I received Ottolenghi Simple for Christmas from my parents and I can’t wait to get stuck into experimenting with the different recipes! It has a great categorisation system which I haven’t seen before, plus all of the dishes look really, really tasty. I’m chilling at home today reading this and flicking through my other favourite cookbooks for new menu ideas! 🍋

New Year’s Dinner – Asian Style

At the request of my other half, tonight we have kicked the new year off with an Asian style meal 🥡

Korean Chicken Wings with Sesame & Fresh Chilli, Ham & Mushroom Egg Fried Rice, and Charred Tenderstem Broccoli with Crushed Peanuts.

The sweet but sour and slightly spicy flavours were just what we were craving after all of the British comfort food eaten over the festive period (even though it was delicious!)

Happy 2019 everyone, may it be filled with lots of fun and good food 🥳