Avocado, Mushroom and Tomato Pilaf | Harem Pilav

Harem pilav (avocado, wine and mushroom pilau)

It’s likely this Avocado, Mushroom and Tomato Pilaf recipe from Arto der Haroutunian’s cookbook, Vegetarian Dishes of the Middle East carries influences from French colonialism in the region, given the use of white wine in the recipe. There’s a pleasingly retro vibe to the suggested presentation, and it’s a straightforward recipe for a midweek meal. ... Read more »

Vegetarian Dishes of the Middle East by Arto der Haroutunian

Vegetarian Dishes of the Middle East by Arto der Haroutunian

Our love affair with Middle Eastern food began at Uni with a Manchester Asian sweet shop that inexplicably also sold Lebanese dishes. It was affirmed by Lebanese buffet lunches of amazing quality, freshness and value, discovered at the Phoenicia restaurant just off Kensington High Street. Although now closed, memories of the tantalising fragrance of garlic, ... Read more »

Nigel Slater’s Mushroom, Butternut & Soured Cream Soup

Nigel Slater Mushroom, Butternut & Soured Cream Soup Recipe

If ever a dish represented autumn in a bowl, it would be this hearty, warming soup of mushrooms, butternut squash and soured cream, flavoured with paprika and ginger. It’s simple to make, delicious to eat and I love how each mouthful gives a different combination of textures and flavours. ... Read more »

Tokyo Cult Recipes | Sukiyaki (Japanese Beef Hotpot)

Yesterday I shared my review of Maori Murota’s Tokyo Cult Recipes, published by Murdoch Books. Click through to read more and to enter my giveaway to win your own copy of the book. This beautiful hard back cookery book features over 100 recipes loved by Tokyoites, covering breakfast, lunch, sweet snacks and dinner, both foods ... Read more »

Hello, Black Garlic! Black Garlic, Mushroom & Cream Penne Pasta

I’ve been reading about black garlic for the last few years. I’ve even tried a product made with black garlic – my friend Dave made some striking black garlic cheese which I used in a delicious seasonal butternut squash and cheese bake. But until this week, I’d never actually tried the stuff as it comes, ... Read more »

Michel Roux’s Pea, Mushroom and Mint Flan from Pastry: Savoury and Sweet

I already own Eggs and Sauces, the first two titles in Michel Roux’s series of reference books on classic techniques and recipes. Pastry: Savoury and Sweet is the latest in this excellent series. There are chapters for shortcrust pastries, enriched sweet pastries, puff pastry, raised pie pastry, brioche dough, croissant dough, choux pastry, pizza dough, and ... Read more »

Beef Cheeks Bourguignon: A Hearty Stew

Boef Bourgignon aka Boeuf à la Bourguignonne is a classic French dish often thought to originate from the Burgundy region of France, though food historians suggest this is not the case; concluding instead that it was likely created in Paris, and named simply for the use of Burgundy red wine that is a prominent ingredient. ... Read more »

Jolly Olly’s Chicken Veronique

Olly Smith is well known as a wine writer and presenter, respected for helping the nation to find and appreciate good wine. But he’s also a keen food lover and has written his own cookery book Eat and Drink full of his favourite recipes, with an emphasis on food that’s great to drink with. The ... Read more »