Whole Burnt Aubergine with Charred Egg Yolk, Tahini and Chilli Sauce

Whole Burnt Aubergine with Charred Egg Yolk, Tahini and Chilli Sauce

The first time you grill a whole aubergine on the barbeque or over open fire is a revelation! Such a very simple cooking method somehow transforms this vegetable into the very best it can be. In this recipe from Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, each aubergine ... Read more »

Chicken Shish in Sweet Confit Garlic Marinade

Chicken shish in sweet confit garlic marinade

Although this delicious Chicken Shish in Sweet Confit Garlic Marinade recipes goes heavy on the garlic, the flavours are sweet and gentle, thanks to the way the garlic is gently cooked in oil until it becomes soft and mellowed, before going into the marinade. This dish is another barbeque winner from Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over ... Read more »

Grilled Cabbage with Chilli Garlic Butter

Grilled Cabbage with Chilli Garlic Butter

Grilled cabbage is one of those dishes that’s surged in popularity over the last couple of years, and this fantastic Grilled Cabbage with Chilli Garlic Butter (from Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich) is no doubt part of that phenomenon, very much the kind of food Sarit ... Read more »

Syrian Pasta with Garlic-Tahini Sauce | Macaroni bil Tarator

Macaroni-bil-tarator

Known as Macaroni bil Tarator in Syria, this recipe from Arto der Haroutunian’s cookbook, Vegetarian Dishes of the Middle East is a simple but satisfying one, and can be ready in minutes if you make the tarator (garlic-tahini sauce) in advance. It can also be enjoyed hot or cold. We’ve adjusted quantities given for the ... Read more »

Tuna Kofta with BBQ Grapes and Sour Garlic Sauce

Tuna Kofta with BBQ Grapes and Sour Garlic Sauce

Many of us are far more adventurous with meat than we are with fish, something that Josh Niland intends to change via his book Take One Fish. This Tuna Kofta with BBQ Grapes and Sour Garlic Sauce is a versatile dish in which the tuna can be replaced with mackerel, swordfish, marlin or albacore. It’s ... Read more »

Creole Prawn Blaff

Prawn blaff

Vanessa Bolosier’s Sunshine Kitchen is full of delicious Creole recipes from the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Her Prawn Blaff recipe is deceptively simple, featuring prawns flavoured with a few key aromats, and yet it’s packed full of flavour, and very easy indeed to make. This quick and vibrant dish encapsulates the colours and punchy ... Read more »

Cauliflower Kuku

Cauliflower kuku recipe from Roasting Pan Suppers by Rosie Sykes

I love kuku, a herby, omelette-like dish hailing from Iran. I first came across it in local Persian restaurants close to my home in North London, often served as a starter, snack or side. Here, Rosie Sykes has added cauliflower, raisins and spice to fresh coriander and dill to create a hearty vegetarian dish. The ... 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 »

Romanian Soured Cream Meat Sausage (Mici Littles)

Romanian Soured Cream Meat Sausages

How good do these Romanian Soured Cream Meat Sausage (Mici Littles) look and sound? Another fantastic recipe from Irina Georgescu’s cookbook, Carpathia: Food from the Heart of Romania to add to the Romanian Stuffed Courgette Soup With Soured Cream that we shared yesterday. These garlicky little sausages are a popular street food staple in Romania, and we can ... Read more »

Simple Tomato Bruschetta

It’s odd what you fixate on in times of stress or perceived deprivation, isn’t it? Since we went into lock-down, I’ve been fixating on fresh tomatoes. Dreaming of them, actually. And what better way of enjoying them than a classic bruschetta generously topped with garlicky tomatoes? I want to restrict our supermarket shopping trips to ... Read more »