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 »

Lebanese & Syrian Meat and Bulgur Balls in Yoghurt | Kibbeh Labaniyya

Homecooked Meat and bulgur balls in yoghurt (kibbeh labaniyya)

This delicious recipe for meat and bulgur balls in yoghurt (kibbeh labaniyya) is a real change from the tomato-based European (Italian) and South Asian (Indian and Burmese) meatball recipes we have made before, and has a pleasingly tangy flavour profile from the natural yoghurt. The recipe is from Ghillie Başan’s The Lebanese Cookbook and is ... 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 »

Homemade Lahmacun | An Easy Recipe for Turkish Spiced Lamb Flatbreads

Homemade Lahmacun | An Easy Recipe for Turkish Spiced Lamb Flatbreads

I adore lahmacun! Circular flatbreads topped with a thin spread of spiced lamb and baked fast and hot until they are crisp, these delicious pizza-like treats originated in the Ottoman Empire, especially Armenia, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. The name comes from the Arabic lahm b’ajin (meat with dough) – lahmacun in Turkish. For me, ... Read more »

Roast Leg of Lamb with Basil, Pecorino, Garlic & Wine

Roast Leg of Lamb with Basil, Pecorino, Garlic & Wine

If you haven’t already seen our review of Diana Henry’s From The Oven To The Table, do pop back to read it. The list of recipes we want to make soon will have you salivating. In the meantime, we have permission from publishers Mitchell Beazley to share a couple of recipes from the book. Here’s ... Read more »

Moroccan Tagine Of Lamb With Dates And Almonds

Lamb tagine

The tagine is a mainstay of Moroccan food, traditionally cooked in its eponymous special dish with distinctive conical lid, it is a hearty and aromatic meat stew, often featuring dried fruit. It is often served with couscous and vegetables, and an array of simple salads. This recipe comes from a Moroccan cooking class we took recently, ... Read more »

How to Make Mamta’s Delicious Lucknowi-Style Lamb Biryani

I love biryani! I mean the real deal, with beautifully spiced meat between layers of fragrant basmati rice… NOT stir-fried rice with a few bits of meat thrown in, served with a side of sloppy vegetable curry, that is sold as biryani by so many curry houses across the UK. *rolls eyes* Incidentally, if you’re ... Read more »