Category: Middle East

Muhammara: Middle Eastern vegetable dip

Roast for an hour at 180C, tossing occasionally 6 garlic cloves, peeled, 2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped, 1 red chili, stemmed and roughly chopped, 1 red onion, roughly chopped, 1 tomato, roughly chopped. Add the following ingredients and blend to a rough paste 70 grams toasted…

Lahmacun

Adapted from Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes. I’ve made a few changes. The most major one being that I usually don’t bother making the flatbreads anymore, I just use shop bought tortilla wraps, I then cook them for 2 or 3 minutes in a hot oven. So Good.…

Lamb with coriander and honey from Ottolenghi

Serves 2 500 g (French trimmed rack of) lamb In a food processor, blitz: 10 g flat leaf parsley, leaves and stalks 15 g mint, leaves and stalks (or 5g dry mint) 15 g coriander, leaves and stalks 2 garlic cloves, peeled 7 g fresh ginger, peeled…

Pide – Turkish pasties / pizzas

Ideas Caramelised onion and butternut squash Lahmacun Roast peppers and crumbled peynir cheese Spinach and cheddar Prawn bhuna!

Kiymali Ispanak – Spinach with Ground Beef (Turkish)

Serves 4 Using a medium size casserole, sweat 1 chopped large onion, before adding 500g beef mince, a chefs pinch of salt and a small pinch of sugar – cook until lightly browned. Next, stir 2 Tbsp of tomato puree and fry briefly to remove any bitter flavour before adding 2 chopped tomatoes and 100g long grain rice. Stir everything together then…

Aubergine Chermoula – from ‘Persiana’

Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a largish casserole and add two cubed (about 1 inch cubes) aubergines. Cook until golden brown, sprinkling generously with sea salt flakes half way through the cooking (This allows initial browning for flavour and then later, water release).…

Hurricane’s Puréed beetroot with yoghurt & za’atar (Ottolenghi)

Main Ingredients 900g medium beetroots (500g in total after cooking and peeling) 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 250g Greek yoghurt 1 1/2 tbsp date molasses 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to finish the dish 1 tbsp za’atar salt…

Lamb Meatballs with Fig Sauce – Ottolenghi

Serves 4 with rice and plain yogurt… Thanks to ‘The Reluctant House Dad’ who’s version I used to cook this.. http://reluctanthousedad.com/2015/01/27/yotam-ottolenghis-lamb-meatballs-fig-sauce/ Ingredients For the meatballs….. 500g minced lamb 1 onion, finely chopped 10g flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed ¾ tsp ground allspice ¾ tsp…

Falafel – The secrets to making perfect falafel at home

From making a number of falafel recipes I have figured out some very important steps to making good falafel at home… You should always use dried and not canned chickpeas (soaked overnight). The solid parts of the mixture need to be minced, NOT food processed or they…

Merguez (Moroccan Sausages)

This is adapted from;http://www.dinnersanddreams.net/2014/01/merguez-recipe.html – Its so good I’ve barely changed it but I have doubled the amounts and upped the harissa paste. Ingredients: 500g ground beef 500g ground lamb 2 tablespoon butter, softened 50g-100g harissa paste, up to you A whole head of garlic, minced 1 tbsp. ground…

Markat Hzina (Moroccan Salsa)

This is enough to fill a 1litre kilner jar so is plenty for a gathering of 10+. Salsa is all about tasting as you go, so when seasoning at the end don’t be shy and taste until you get it right. 6 peppers, green/red/orange pepper, roasted…

Rice pilaf with green lentils and caramelised onions

This has been adapted from Zov’s book ‘recipes and memories from the heart’. It is the best side dish ever with most things but particularly with salmon apparently Feeds 8 – 10 as a side, perhaps for a BBQ but also great for a rustic middle…

Kofte Spice Mix

   Makes 18 teaspoons – Use about 6 teaspoons per 500g of lamb or beef Mix the 500g of meat with the spice mix, a grated red onion, a handful of fresh mint and another of parsley and a tablespoon of sunflower oil and place, covered, in the fridge for around…