Middle Eastern Courgettes Baked in a Cheese Sauce

Homebaked Courgettes baked in a cheese sauce (kousa bi gebna)

Courgettes (zucchini) baked in a cheese sauce (kousa bi gebna) may sound like a very basic dish and yet this recipe was the surprise winner of all the food we cooked when reviewing Ghillie Başan’s The Lebanese Cookbook. Described as a typical family dish, it consists of sliced courgettes baked in cheesy egg mixture reminiscent ... Read more »

Palestinian Upside-Down Rice, Lamb & Aubergine

Whole Rice with aubergine (maklubeh bajinjan) turned out on a serving plate

Palestinian Upside-Down Rice, Lamb & Aubergine (Maklubeh Bajinjan) is an impressive dish to serve – a turned-out-from-the-dish dome of rice and lamb wrapped in slices of silky aubergine – and a delight of really simple flavours that adds up to far more than the sum of its ingredients. The recipe is from Ghillie Başan’s The ... Read more »

Afi’s Lamb Roulade

Afi's Lamb Roulade

Today we are sharing another recipe from Meze: Snacks, Small Plates and Street Food from the Middle East, by Sally Butcher, one that hails from her mother-in-law Afi. A minced lamb casing is wrapped around two different fillings, one being whole eggs, carrots and herbs, and the other a mix of spinach, walnuts and dried ... Read more »

Aubergine-Wrapped Chicken

Aubergine-Wrapped Chicken

This aubergine-wrapped chicken hails from Turkey, featuring two ingredients beloved of Turkish cooks – yoghurt and aubergine. Chicken marinaded in a punchy combination of yoghurt, garlic, lemon, turmeric and Aleppo pepper is wrapped in silky sleeves of aubergine and cheese, covered with tomato passata and baked. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Have you already read our ... Read more »

Sally Butcher’s Meze: Snacks, Small Plates and Street Food from the Middle East

Book cover for Meze: Snacks, Small Plates and Street Food from the Middle East by Sally Butcher

Meze: Snacks, Small Plates and Street Food from the Middle East is my first introduction to the work of Sally Butcher who has had a very successful career in food as a writer of many cookbooks such as Persia in Peckham, Veggiestan and Snackistan and also as the owner and chef of the iconic Peckham-based ... Read more »

Travelling By Way Of My Belly | Favourite Recipes From The Middle East, Central & South Asia

Persian Tahcheen-e morgh (Baked Yoghurt Rice with Chicken)

I know I’m not alone in missing international travel, which is naturally hugely affected by this awful Covid pandemic we are experiencing all around the world. A great way to travel in one’s imagination is to cook and eat dishes from other countries, celebrating international cuisine and travelling by way of our bellies. Here, I ... Read more »