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Greek Thyme, Oregano and Fenugreek Pork Fillet (with Tsatziki and Tomato & Onion Salad)

This recipe for Greek Thyme, Oregano and Fenugreek Pork Fillet served with Tsatziki and a Tomato and Onion Salad, takes the essential flavours of Greek cooking and adds fenugreek, a herb that  Leivatitaki learned to love through Turkish cuisine. Like the author of Aegean: Recipes from the Mountains to the Sea our reviewer Nicky loves the ... Read more »

Greek Courgette and Feta Fritters

Courgette and feta fritters are a dish many of us come to know and love during holidays to Greece, or visits to Greek restaurants. Happily, this courgette and feta fritter recipe from Marianna Leivatitaki’s Aegean cookbook didn’t disappoint, transporting our reviewer Nicky back to the memories of wonderful trips. Read more about the book, and ... Read more »

Aegean: Recipes from the Mountains to the Sea by Marianna Leivatitaki

Aegean - Recipes from the Mountains to the Sea by Marianna Leivatitaki (cover)

Marianna Leivatitaki, author of Aegean: Recipes from the Mountains to the Sea by Marianna Leivatitaki, spent her childhood steeped in the atmosphere of her family’s seafood taverna in Crete, immersed in ingredients, and the simplicity and purity of recipes she gathered in her notebook scribbles from the women cooking in Chania’s seafront restaurants. Her heritage is ... Read more »

Indonesian Chicken Nasi Goreng (Nasi Goreng Ayam)

Indonesian Chicken Nasi Goreng

Nasi goreng (which translates to fried rice in Indonesian and Malay) is one of my all time favourites, a real comfort dish of fried rice with a mix of meat, vegetables and seasonings. This chicken nasi goreng recipe from Lara Lee’s Indonesian cookbook, Coconut & Sambal, combines rice, chicken and green beans with aromatic garlic, ... Read more »

Indonesian Spiced Corn Fritters (Perkedel Jagung)

Indonesian Spiced Corn Fritters

I’m a sucker for all things fried, and these sweet-savoury spiced corn fritters from Lara Lee’s Indonesian cookbook, Coconut & Sambal, really appeal. Fry them fresh and hot to eat straight away, or prepare in advance and reheat in the oven. Either way, these crispy treats will hit surely hit the spot! Find out more ... Read more »

Indonesian Tomato Sambal

Indonesian Tomato Sambal

If you read my recent review of Lara Lee’s Coconut & Sambal, you’ll already know that we loved Lee’s recipe for tomato sambal. This versatile and fiery condiment can be served with many of the Indonesian dishes throughout the book. Made from tomatoes, red chillies, ginger, garlic, shallots and some tamarind and brown sugar (for ... Read more »

Two-Booze Tiramisu

Two-Booze Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a popular classic for good reason! Who could fail to love this creamy dessert with its booze-and-coffee-soaked sponge fingers? It’s often described as the Italian version of a British trifle, with its alternating layers of delicousness. However you describe it, this two-booze tiramisu from Letitia Clark’s Bitter Honey is a crowd-pleaser! Head over ... Read more »