Glastonbury goodies

Baked these tonight for my other half (a savoury alternative to the obscene amount of confectionary he is also taking with him!) These are cheese, courgette & chilli flapjacks with a hint of marmite and cayenne. Hope they go down well!

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.

Herby Hummus

I decided to blend Zhoug (green chilli and herb paste) into my usual Hummus recipe for this weekend’s dinner and it worked really well! It brought just a little bit of heat and a lovely zingy flavour to the dip, without losing its hummus identity.

Classic hummus is delicious, but I like that it can also take on such a wide variety of additional ingredients, allowing you to change it up each time depending on the particular cuisine or style of food you are serving with it.

Supper Club No. 2

This weekend I hosted an autumnal supper club for some lovely friends who were visiting all the way from Newcastle, including my youngest ever dinner party guest – little miss Belle, aged 3!

Little Meze – Herby Hummus, Tzatziki, Olives, Za’atar Spiced Pitta Chips, Toasted Almonds with Sea Salt & Chilli.

Bigger Meze – Chicken Tagine, Giant Cous Cous with Lemon & Mint, Sumac Roasted Potatoes, Feta, Beetroot & Walnut Salad.

Sweet Meze – Tahini & Chocolate Mousse with Pomegranate & Pistachio, & Ghraybeh Biscuits.

All went down very well, and the Welcome / Closing drinks were expertly made by our talented friend, The Long Haired Bartender.

The Pomegranate

Currently in season and a key ingredient in Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine, this fruit is beautiful inside and out!

The jewel like seeds are a lovely garnish for pretty much anything: drinks, salads, breakfasts, dips, and a wide range of sweet and savoury plates.

I also love using pomegranate molasses (a syrup formed from the fruit) in savoury dishes to provide just a hint of sweetness, but not too much to detract from the main ingredients and flavours.

Hummus (Tahini) Fix

This is a great dip to make when you want a hummus (tahini) fix but you are short on time or you don’t have any chickpeas in the cupboard!

Mix tahini with greek yoghurt, olive oil, lemon, garlic, salt, pepper and paprika.

Really good to dip crudités or pitta into, or serve alongside grilled meats.

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Foodspiration

I love flicking through recipe books whenever I’m looking for some food inspiration – I’m forever looking up recipes and ideas online too which is also brilliant, but it doesn’t beat reading an actual cook book and having one open in front of you when getting creative in the kitchen, even if they do end up a little decorated in sauces or dusted in flour (or worse if you are like me and particularly clumsy!) I have quite a good collection in my cupboard, but when I was finalising my concept for the brand, I realised I actually didn’t own any that was specifically about Middle Eastern cuisine.

Researching the highest recommended ones over the last couple of weeks led me to purchase ‘Feasts’ by Sabrina Ghayour. I arrived home from work to my amazon delivery today and have spent the best part of an hour looking through all of the dishes and meals she has put together, drooling over the pictures and flavour combinations – can’t wait to start trying them out ASAP as they sound incredible. I love the design of the book cover too… although I do try not to judge books by their covers, this one is just too attractive not to!
'Feasts'
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